Environmental and lifestyle factors contribute up to 80% of all known cancers. Environmental pollutants are a main source of carcinogens which contribute between 1-10% of all known cancers.
Environmental pollutants in our home, through toxic chemical cleaners, is one area that we may be able lower our exposure easily. These toxic substances include:
(a) Chemicals that are irritating or damaging to the skin and/or lungs and airways
(b). Chemicals that can induce an allergic reaction and/or cause an increased sensitivity and this includes heightened sensitivities in those that suffer from respiratory diseases.
(c). Chemicals which emit chemical molecules in the form of invisible gas we inhale, which enter our lungs and thus bloodstream that are considered toxic.
Common household toxic substances include:
- Drain, toilet and window cleaners
- oven cleaners
- Bleach and ammonia
- Mosquito repellents
- We can reduce the household pollution by:
- Not mixing cleaners such as bleach and ammonia. Mixing chemicals can create toxic fumes that can pose a fatal risk
- Ventilating the area when using any of the above to disperse the chemicals being emitted (open windows etc.) making them less potent.
- Avoiding direct inhaling as much as possible when using chemical cleaners.