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Top 8 Nontoxic Cleaners You Can Use at Home

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Once-weekly use of cleaning products for 20 years may be equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 10 to 20 years. Cleaning agents and personal care products are also the second and third most frequent cause for calls to poison control in the U.S.
  • Long-term exposure to household cleaners and disinfectants has been linked to increases in asthmatic symptoms, nervous system damage, low sperm count, irregularities in menstruation and miscarriage
  • The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, acidic toilet bowl cleaners and oven cleaners
  • Common household products also contribute to air pollution, not just inside the home but also outdoors
  • Clearing out your cleaning cabinet is a simple way to safeguard your family’s health. Recipes and guidance on how to make your own homemade cleaning solutions using safe ingredients are included

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