This month has been one year since the Coronavirus made its debut in the United States, and boy how so many things have changed. One positive change that has come from the pandemic is everyday cleaning habits. Now more than ever, people as a whole have realized the importance of cleaning and sanitizing their homes, cars, work area and personal space. The awareness of bacteria and germs are not just an afterthought these days!
With cleaning and sanitizing now part of our daily routine, supplies are sometimes hard to find. Even if you do find them, the shortage of items such as disinfectant wipes and Lysol spray are being limited to 1-2 per household in most stores. Because of this, some of us have had to become more resourceful and use items we already have at home for cleaning such as vinegar, baking soda, dish liquid etc. Not only is this more cost effective, but it is also more safe and healthy to clean and sanitize your home without the toxic chemicals of antimicrobial and disinfectant products. Harsh chemicals can be quite damaging to your body, especially your lungs. Those who suffer from respiratory illnesses such as COPD or asthma may experience an exacerbation of symptoms when they breathe in certain chemicals contained in everyday cleaning products.
According to research, Scientists in Norway recently released a groundbreaking 20-year study of more than 6,000 participants that revealed a clear link between toxic cleaning product use and the risk of developing lung troubles. The more often women cleaned, researchers discovered, the more serious the effects to their lungs. Women who worked as professional cleaners suffered the most, incurring as much lung damage as would be expected in someone smoking 20 cigarettes every day.
It is very important to read the product label for harmful chemicals. However, manufacturers are only obligated to include chemicals of “known concern” on their labels. According to the EPA, of the nearly three thousand top selling chemicals in the U.S., only 7 percent have a full set of basic toxicity information. And, although many products are labeled green, gentle, organic or eco-friendly, that does not necessarily mean safer, either. These products still often contain harmful chemicals and scents that can cause the same issues as any regular cleaning product.
Some products to avoid using are:
- Aerosol cleaners (like Lysol disinfectant spray)
- Room fragrances (spray, candles, wax melts)
- Fabric softeners
It can be overwhelming to think about having to make the switch from toxic cleaners to more safe options. It does drastically decrease what you may be able to use to clean and sanitize your personal space and items, but it doesn’t make it impossible!
Making your own cleaning products may be the safest way for you to protect your health. Check out this link to find out some great homemade cleaning solutions!
In addition to making sure your spaces and items are clean, you want to eliminate as many bacteria, germs, and viruses as you can. That’s where LiViliti Health Products come in!
The LiViliti Sanitizer Bag is great for fast and safe sanitization for any item that fits! It is chemical and ozone-free using UVC LED technology to kill up to 99.9% of germs in as little as three minutes.
Whether it’s because of a product shortage, or you are wanting to avoid harmful chemical cleaners…DIY cleaning solutions and the LiViliti Sanitizing Bag and The Wand are here to make your life easier. Eliminating the germs while eliminating your worry!!
For a list of toxic cleaning ingredients click the link below.