Leigh Attaway Wilcox
Did you know that many cleaning product manufacturers do not disclose ingredients (some of which are highly toxic) on product labels? Some don’t even disclose ingredient lists on their websites. Many of the chemicals used in mainstream cleaners have been linked to breast cancer, reduced fertility, birth defects, asthma and other serious health problems. Things like synthetic musks, phthalates, triclosan, and triclocarban are very common in products today. Sadly, cleaning product companies are not required to divulge ingredients for these products we use in our homes every day. (I’ve posted here before about safe, homemade cleaning products in the past for this very reason.)
Most of us understand the principle that infants’ and children’s systems are much more susceptible to dangerous chemicals than adults. This is especially true for children already exhibiting signs of developmental disabilities or those who were born premature. Very often, children like my son – who lives with an Autism Spectrum Disorder – are simply unable to process toxins out of their bodies as well as typical and/or otherwise healthy peers. And, since companies are not required to list ingredients, many people have no idea that the products they’re using to clean and protect their family’s health may actually be damaging it!