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How safe are your cleaning products?

Cancer is a very emotive subject, but everyone will agree that it blights too many families' lives. Although some causes are universally accepted, such as smoking, there are other lifestyle habits that are more contentious. As with many illnesses, there seems to be conflicting reports and research about whether one product or other could be carcinogenic.

A bowl of cleaning products

When it comes to cleaning products, if you look at the ingredients, they can look very scientific and although you might have an initial reaction that it must be bad for you, that isn't necessarily the case. Even the trusty lemon would have an ingredients list that looks like it might come from a chemistry lab. It's also not fair to say that you shouldn't use 'chemical cleaners', because all cleaners are chemicals, even if they occur naturally. It is however fair to say that it's advisable to follow common sense advice and try to limit your exposure to products that MIGHT have a health risk, until scientists can categorically advise on exactly how safe they are and in what concentrations/environments.

BreastCancer UK has issued guidance on what cleaning products to use and unsurprisingly, it's based on traditional cleaning products. We have also been advised that some oncologists recommend against 'toxic' cleaners in favour of traditional, natural products. Four of the five items that BreastCancer UK recommend are available from Dri-Pak and the fifth, the trusty lemon is available in every greengrocers. Washing soda is another name for Soda Crystals and Borax is no longer available in the UK, but our borax substitute has the same cleaning & laundry purposes.

It is of course well known that some cleaning products can aggravate conditions such as asthma and eczema.

Remember to always follow the instructions and take the necessary precautions. Take particular notice of any warning symbols on packaging.


8 thoughts on “How safe are your cleaning products?

  1. The link on myths you posted… is that written by the FDA or government agencies? You deemed it a safe site. Who are those and what do they do that they can deem this a safe site?

  2. If i put a tspn of baking soda in a glass of water and drank it what benifits would it have.
    I was told that it brings your body back to an alkaline state from an acid state, as I was led to believe infections can only grow in an acid environment, so therefore would this benefit me and help to keep me infection neutral.

    1. Hi Tina – it’s not really our place to comment on this as it’s sold for cleaning purposes (even though it’s food grade). Yes, bicarb is in a number of indigestion remedies, but you should really consult your GP about the matter. It includes sodium so will have implications for people with conditions like high blood pressure. Also, be very careful about what you read on the net. There are LOTS of articles on the internet about alkaline v acid bodies on so called ‘natural health sites’, but they often employ pseudo-science at best. The human body has evolved over millennia and exists in homeostasis ie you can’t dramatically alter levels. I’m sure that unless you have a specific illness, your GP will tell you to eat a healthy varied diet. Here’s some advice from a reputable source: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2014/03/24/dont-believe-the-hype-10-persistent-cancer-myths-debunked/#acidic-diets

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