News : One Warm Day

Mar 31, 2015

Originally published in Business NH Magazine. 

By Kristyn Lak Miller

Spring Cleaning is the annual ritual of thoroughly cleaning a house after the winter season. Yet using chemical-laden conventional cleaning products does more harm than good, especially if there are children in the house.

Products like laundry detergent and liquid cleaners for floors, sinks and stovetops are known health hazards, which is why most include a “Keep Out of Reach of Children” warning label. Yet keeping these common cleaners out of children’s reach may not be enough.

According to a series of studies, exposure to the chemicals found in common household cleaners – even exposure through the skin or respiratory tract – is linked to childhood maladies like autism, asthma, allergies, ADHD and cancer. And exposure can start before a child is born. A recent study in PLOS One journal reveals pregnant women with high levels of exposure to commonly used chemicals di-nbutyl phthalate and di-isobutyl phthalate gave birth to children with significantly lower IQ’s; according to the study, by age 7, children with higher exposure levels had IQ’s more than six points below children with lower exposure levels.

But there is an increasingly large consumer migration away from these types of products and services in favor of safer, more environmentally conscious alternatives.

“As a father to three children [ages 10, 14, and 15], this insight is infuriating,” says Gavin Barbour of Kittery, Maine. “Innocent children shouldn’t be harmed, possibly for life, by cleaning products. Parents need to take action. Use green cleaning products or professionals. My family uses Green Maids, and it’s comforting to know our clean house is honestly clean.”

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