I know you have arrived here for a reason. Instead of browsing through Instagram or Facebook, you are on a website that encourages one to switch to natural products and make life better.
While you might be a little confused as to what is wrong with the air conditioner sitting on your kitchen shelf, or the cleaner safely stacked away in your bathroom, this post promises to enlighten you.
Grab a cup of coffee/tea, a cookie maybe and position yourself comfortably, for some truths are harsher than the rest.
The chemicals used in any cleaner can be one of the following:
And Sodium Hydroxide.
If you grab that cleaner in the bathroom and look at the little corner called ingredients, you will read one of these complex names.
I ask you, have you ever stopped to consider what exactly does this chemical do other than making your home appear nice and shiny? Sometimes, not all that nice and shiny.
There’s always that voice in the back of our heads, right? Telling us constantly how these chemicals are going to claim our lives one day, how that lung infection may not be just because of the pollution, how your child’s stomach upset maybe because of all the toxic air around the house? But, you and I shut that voice out because we want our homes clean and chemicals are the easiest way to do so. We have long since forgotten our ancestors medieval way of going about cleaning, haven’t we?
Today, I’m going to talk about Ammonia and its side effects.
Ammonia, the most basic of chemicals when it comes to cleaning causes. It is being used in glass and window cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, and oven and drain cleaners. Continued exposure to this chemical can cause severe injury, burns and irritation to eyes. When mixed with chlorine bleach, the resulting combination produces fumes which are beyond irritating to one’s eyes, throat, nose and lungs. People suffering from asthma, lung or heart problems shouldn’t be exposed anywhere near it.
When one is exposed to low concentrations of Ammonia in air or solution, it can cause rapid eye and skin irritation. However, when the concentration is slightly increased it has the capacity to cause severe injury and burns. In industrial cleaners, the concnetration of Ammonia is dangerously high and any contact with it can cause permanent eye damage or blindness.
Inhalation of Ammonia gas happens in multiple ways, starting from your home to your child’s school and your office. The result of this is coughing, nose and throat irritation. Continued exposure to this gas can cause olfactory fatigue, which makes one incapable of distinguishing between fresh air and ammonia induced air.
I can’t even begin to imagine the intensity of these side effects on a newborn child or a toddler or a teenager for that matter.
I hope this has given you a better perspective about your choices in cleaning and you are as motivated as me to immediately switch to all natural cleaning.
Well, in that case, go to http://www.swaasproducts.com/ and shop away! (Maybe you need another cup of coffee/tea?)
While at it, please do read about the harmful effects of chemicals used in air fresheners here: http://swaasproducts.com/air-freshener/.