More and more people are making the decision to go nontoxic, switching out their commercial beauty, hygiene, and home cleaning products for organic, sustainable options. If you've been contemplating making this lifestyle switch, Pricenomics' list of the most toxic household cleaning products may be a deciding factor.
First off, when you use a household cleaning product, you're actually releasing pollutants back into your home. "Many common cleaning products rely on petroleum-based manufacturing and release toxic compounds into your home," writes the data website. "The EPA broadly classifies these chemicals as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which includes airborne emissions like formaldehyde and car exhaust, as well as consumable compounds like ethanol and acetic acid." Yes, these chemicals can be found in your beauty and household cleaning products.
Exposure to VOCs, even in small quantities, can cause headaches; nausea; and eye, nose, and throat irritation, contributing to longer-term issues like allergies and asthma over time. In an effort to identify the worst offenders, Pricenomics partnered with its client Ode to Clean, a line of environmentally conscious cleaning products. Together, they tested the amount of VOCs released by the most common cleaning products when used. According to their findings, the products that release the most VOCs per use—and therefore could be considered the most toxic—are air-freshener sprays and cleaning wipes. So next time you're tidying up your home, you may want to keep this in mind. Head over to Pricenomics for the complete list of products.