There are so many cleaning products available in the market today. It could get really confusing which product is right for you—there are several myriad products which claim to be chemical-free, perfect for removing that stubborn stain from your toilet and much more. You see so many marketing collaterals about how they get the job done in a mere matter of minutes, saving you lots of time. But how do you decide which product is not hazardous to your health?
What toilet cleaning manufacturers don’t tell you is all the dangers they pose to your health. Sure, all the toilet cleaners come with the warning label which reads that you should not get them in your mouth and eyes, and that you should keep it out of reach of children. But it is kind of self-explanatory. After all, all of us know that a toilet cleaner should not be consumed and that it can irritate the skin, eyes and mouth.
There are several health issues and problems linked to toilet cleaning products, especially since most toilet cleaners are built to remove stubborn stains and odors. These kinds of issues are not really raised in adverts and other marketing mediums.
The chemicals included in toilet cleaners—though they do their job of killing bacteria and germs well—are highly corrosive and will cause serious health issues if exposed to over a long period of time. Which is why you should watch out for any of the product from getting into your mouth, skin and eyes. The corrosive ingredients can cause some permanent damage.
Chlorine is an ingredient that is used by many toilet cleaning manufacturers. While they do not damage septic systems—which is one of the reasons why it is still allowed to be used as an ingredient in a product—they can be very poisonous if swallowed. They can also irritate and burn the skin, which is why you should be careful while using them. It is best to use rubber gloves when handling toilet cleaners.
Studies have shown that that people face many health problems due to a disruption in their hormone system due to the prolonged use of cleaners having hazardous ingredients—leading to cancer, fetal deformities in expectant women, and even mental health issues.
Some chemicals have been linked to breathing problems leading to inflammation of the lungs, asthma, fluid buildup in the lungs, and other related problems. It can also irritate the cornea, which is the outer layer of the eye, leading to eye irritations and infections. These chemicals have also been known to cause fertility issues, and cause miscarriages and still birth.
Several of the toilet cleaners usually have antibacterial properties. Using an antibacterial product is not always a good idea. This may come as a surprise, but studies have proven that the bacteria will become resistant to the chemical over time, leading to super bugs that won’t be affected by any kind of cleaner. This will cause more harm than good.
Before you start using any cleaning product, make sure they are safe for you and your family. The general rule is to minimize exposure and use the products sparingly. Check the ingredient list for any hazardous chemicals before you buy. Stay safe!