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Home Safe

Toxic home

Is your’s a toxic home?

Due to a certain amount of media coverage over the last few years more people are becoming aware of the problems that certain food additives and ingredients in cosmetics can cause; and so we read labels to avoid the nasties. But how many people know about the harmful effects of toxic chemicals in household products? Many homes contain commercial products like air fresheners, bathroom cleaners, floor polish, fabric softeners, oven cleaners, window cleaners and many more. In fact, according to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the average home today contains more chemicals than were found in a typical chemistry lab at the turn of the 20th century. Results show that household products give off more than 133 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs). One of the major causes of VOCs in homes is the use of household cleaners and other products like air fresheners and pest control agents. VOCs include highly toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, glycol ethers, methylene chloride, perchloroethylene, toluene, trichloroethylene and xylene. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors than outdoors.

Did you know?

90% of all poison exposures occur at home.
Toxic chemicals in household products are not required to be listed on the label.
Air fresheners do anything but ‘freshen’ the air. They just cover up harmless natural odours with toxic synthetic ones.
Common household cleaners give off fumes which can aggravate respiratory problems like asthma.
Chlorine bleach is the chemical most frequently involved in household poisonings.
Window cleaners often contain ammonia and butoxyethanol. Ammonia fumes can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory system. Butoxyethanol easily penetrates the skin and can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness and eye and skin irritation.
Oven cleaners can be one of the most dangerous cleaning products, which can cause severe damage to eyes, skin, mouth, and throat.
Toilet bowl cleaners can be extremely dangerous cleaning products. Breathing the fumes can be harmful and they may be fatal if swallowed.

So…what to do?

Educate…yourself and your family about the perils of dangerous chemicals in your home. The Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion has a section on household products.
Eliminate…the household products that contain these chemicals.
Ventilate…your home by opening windows instead of using air fresheners. This is not only cheaper but better for the environment and your health.
Bicarbonate…most cleaning jobs in the home can be carried out with 2 or 3 natural ingredients like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), vinegar and tea tree oil.
Decorate…your home with house plants that not only look great but absorb and eliminate toxic VOCs. These plants include Native Kentia Palm, Peace Lily and Devil’s Ivy.
Detoxicate…your body with the help of cleansing herbs and supplements on the advice of a qualified naturopath or nutritionist.
Communicate…to all your family and friends, via word of mouth, email, Twitter, Facebook etc. that you have gone chemical-free in your home and invite them to do the same.
Celebrate…your new found wealth, health, peace of mind and freedom from toxic household chemicals…perhaps with a little chocolate.

What chemicals are in your air freshener?

Because there are currently no regulations requiring manufacturers of household products to disclose the full list of ingredients on product labels, this is anyone’s guess. However, most commercial air fresheners are composed of a toxic mix of potentially dangerous chemicals. These include formaldehyde, hexylene glycol, naphthalene, paradichlorobenzene, phenol, xylene and synthetic fragrance. Three of these are recognised cancer-causing agents and all of them are suspected of triggering asthma and allergic reactions, and also causing harm to internal organs.

For more information about chemicals used in air fresheners and safer alternatives see The Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion 2nd edition.
http://www.chemicalmaze.com/chemical-maze-bookshelf-companion/

Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion

Bookshelf Companion

The Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion contains all the information in the popular Shopping Companion and MUCH more.

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The Bookshelf Companion is designed as a home reference guide to the chemicals in processed foods as food additives and the ingredients in personal care and cosmetic products.

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The Bookshelf Companion includes a bonus section on household products from air fresheners to window cleaners, highlighting the toxic chemicals used in commercial brands.

  • All you need to identify the Food Additives or Cosmetic Ingredients that can cause issues
  • Share discovered information with your friends and families
  • Bonus section on household products from air fresheners to window cleaners
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Rachel’s daughter seems possessed by a “monster” when she has foods with artificial colours.

Firstly I would like to say thank you for researching and writing such a fantastic and useful book, The Chemical Maze.

In 2008 I moved with my husband and daughter to Brisbane from the UK. After around six months I was having some behavioural issues with my daughter who was four, but it wasn’t consistent. One time we put it down to a fruit cordial she had drunk at a friends and vowed we’d never have it in the house. Read More…

Leonard Westwood in Mackay Qld writes about how The Chemical Maze may have saved his life.

Hi Bill,
Please allow me to tell you a positive story, which is also a true story about myself and my family. For the last three years I suffered left temple migraines which only appeared to be in a single point in my head. So I went to a doctor who advised me that my blood pressure was high. He then prescribed an MRI, blood pressure tablets and headache pills. He also mentioned that migraines can be the sign of a reaction to some food types and then gave me a migraine booklet to assist me in finding the answer. Read More…

Chemical Maze Book

Chemical Maze Book

The ultimate Food Additives and Cosmetic Ingredients guide at your fingertips. Feature rich and full of essential information.

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Instantly identify dangerous food additives and
cosmetics ingredients with ease.

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The Chemical Maze book was written to make it simpler and easier to recognize food additives and cosmetic ingredients having the potential to cause discomfort and ill-health. With this recognition comes freedom of choice and for many a new lease on life.

  • All you need to identify the Food Additives or Cosmetic Ingredients that can cause issues
  • Share discovered information with your friends and families
  • Search for food additives by name or INS Number
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Skin Conditions Maze

Skin Conditions Maze

Find out which Food Additives or Cosmetic Ingredients can trigger an Skin Problems

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Instantly identify dangerous food additives and cosmetics ingredients with ease.

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The Skin Conditions Maze App was written to make it simpler and easier to recognize food additives and cosmetic ingredients having the potential to trigger kin problems. With this recognition comes freedom of choice and for many a new lease on life.

  • Find out which Food Additive or Cosmetic Ingredient can trigger Skin Conditions
  • Identify your greatest risks
  • Filter out the Food Additives that should be avoided based on your Dietary restrictions

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Headache Maze

Headache Maze

Find out which Food Additives or Cosmetic Ingredients can trigger an Headaches and Migraines

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The Headache Maze App was written to make it simpler and easier to recognize food additives and cosmetic ingredients having the potential to trigger Headaches and Migraines. With this recognition comes freedom of choice and for many a new lease on life.

  • Find out which Food Additive or Cosmetic Ingredient can trigger Headaches and Migraines
  • Identify your greatest risks
  • Filter out the Food Additives that should be avoided based on your Dietary restrictions

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