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How to Clean Without Chemicals

what is Clean living to you?

Americans spend millions of dollars on household cleaning products every year. But what you may not know is how harmful these toxic chemicals are to your health. In this article, we will teach you how to protect your health by learning how to clean without chemicals!

The average American family spends around $600 a year on cleaning products (1). But how exactly are these chemicals affecting you? And is there a way to clean without the use of harmful chemicals? Keep reading to find out:

Are Household Cleaning Items Harming My Health?

Have you ever taken a look at the list of ingredients on the back of your cleaning supplies? Chances are, you may not know exactly what these chemicals are, and even if you did, U.S. law does not require cleaning supply manufacturers to list all the ingredients used in consumer products (2). Dr. Rebecca Sutton, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), warned that “in terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market” (3). 

What this means is that you may be exposing yourself and your family to unknown toxic chemicals. When it comes to the ingredients in your household cleaning supplies, remember: if you can’t pronounce it and don’t understand what it is, it’s best not to use it. 

Most common household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that are dangerous to our health. Routine exposure to these harmful chemicals and noxious fumes from common household products have been linked to (4)

  • Asthma
  • Hormone disruption
  • Neurotoxicity (impaired brain function)
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Cancer 
  • Skin, eye, and airway burns
  • Damage to your heart, kidneys, and internal organs
  • Apnea and muscle paralysis

So, which common household chemicals may cause severe health problems?

Top 10 Hazardous Household Chemicals
Bleach
This chemical has been known to burn skin and eyes on physical contact. If breathed in, it severely impacts your respiratory system. If ingested, it may cause vomiting, coma, and a pulmonary edema. To stay safe, always wear rubber gloves and a mask when using bleach.
Phthalates
These are found in scented products like dish soap, air freshners, and even toilet paper. This chemical is an endocrine disruptor, may trigger asthma and migraines, and has even been known to reduce male sperm count. You can be exposed to phthalates through skin contact with scented soap, and because the skin has no protection against these toxins, the absorbed chemicals go straight to your organs. To avoid these harmful effects, it is best to use fragrance-free products or products that have natural ingredients.
Drain cleaners
this product contains harmful chemicals like lye that have been known to cause blindness, severe skin and eye burns, and even death.
Ethylene glycol
This substance is found in many products, including paint, solvents, plastics, films, ink, and antifreeze. It has been known to cause dizziness and damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and internal organs.
Carpet cleaners
A chemical called naphthalene found in carpet cleaners has been known to cause cataracts and liver damage just from exposure. Another chemical called perchloroethylene is a known carcinogenic and can cause dizziness, headaches, kidney damage, and brain damage just from short-term exposure.
Ammonia
This harmful chemical is found in many cleaning products and should not be used by people who have asthma, or heart or lung issues. This chemical releases toxic fumes that affect the throat, eyes, lungs, and respiratory system. When it comes in contact with bleach, this product can be fatal.
Air fresheners
most air fresheners contain formaldehyde, which is a carcinogenic. Air fresheners have also been known to contain chemicals that cause damage to your nervous system, may cause a pulmonary edema, and can irritate your eyes, skin, and throat.
Perchloroethylene (PERC)
This is found in carpet cleaners, dry-cleaning products, and spot removers. This chemical causes dizziness, impared brain function, and loss of coordination. It is also a potential carcinogen.
Triclosan
If a product is labeled as “antibacterial,” it most likely contains triclosan. Using antibacterial products that contain triclosan disrupts endocrine function (hormone balance), is a possible carcinogen, and causes harmful microbes to develop resistance, which makes them stronger and more harmful to us.
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QUATS)
These are found in fabric softener liquids and sheets. QUATS have been known to burn the skin and airways, and may cause nausea, vomiting, sleep apnea, and respiratory muscle paralysis.
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Alkaline Water: The Secret to Cleaning Without Chemicals

Did you know that there is a way to clean without using toxic chemicals? pH plays a significant role in cleaning. The trick is to know what pH level works for what substance you need cleaned. Alkaline water is more effective than acidic solutions when cleaning grease and bodily oils from showers, toilets, and the kitchen. It is also great for naturally drawing out dirt from furniture and carpets and for removing stains from clothing and fabrics. Check out the table below for a quick guide on what pH to use when (8)(9)

What Are You Cleaning? Which pH Level to Use
Vegetables 8.5
Oils, particles and film, bodily oils 8.5 - 11
Heavy oils, fats, protiens 11.5 - 12.5
Heavy grease and heavy soils 12.5 - 14
Your car, carpets, furniture, removing dirt, rust, salt, and removing stains from fabrics Which pH to use depends on the soil level. For lighter soil, use a pH closer to 8.5, and for a very heavy soil, use a pH between 12.5 and 14. Remember: It is better to first try to get the soil out by using a lower pH and then to gradually increase it until the area is cleaned instead of jumping straight to a very high pH.
Possible Risks of Drinking Alkaline Water

Although alkaline water is an effective household cleaner, it is not suitable for consumption. Despite the fact that drinking alkaline water is considered safe, here are some possible side effects that you should be aware of (10)

  1. Lowering of natural stomach acidity: Stomach acid is essential for fighting bacteria and harmful pathogens. When alkaline water neutralizes this essential acid, harmful pathogens may enter your bloodstream.
  2. Gastrointestinal issues: Consumption of alkaline water may upset the delicate balance of your stomach’s normal pH, leading to intestinal issues. 
  3. Metabolic alkalosis: An upset in your body’s normal pH level may lead to nausea, vomiting, hand tremors, confusion, and muscle twitches. 

Instead of using alkaline water for consumption, to prevent the possible development of negative health impacts, it is best to reserve alkaline water for cleaning. Before using alkaline water for another purpose besides cleaning, check out the myths and facts of alkaline water.

How Do You Access Alkaline Water?

The best way to have quick, convenient access to alkaline water right from the comfort of your home is by investing in an alkaline water machine. The Echo Ultimate  allows you to choose between four different levels, depending on your intended use for the alkaline water:

  • Level 1: Can be used for drinking, however, alkaline water offers little benefits when it comes to drinking it. For reduced inflammation and oxidative stress, increased cognitive function, and improved gut health, we recommend hydrogen water.
  • Level 2: Used for washing vegetables, and cleaning light oils, particles, and film left behind from oils, products, etc.
  • Level 3: Cleaning fats, proteins, and heavy oils.
  • Level 4: Used for cleaning heavy soils and heavy grease.

In addition to producing alkaline water, the Echo Ultimate produces acid water, filtered water, and hydrogen water

To learn more about the Echo Ultimate™, visit our website or contact us at 1 (800) 337-7017 to learn more.

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