Who says spring says good cleaning, especially if we move. Did you know that many of our cleaning products are harmful to your health?
Fertility and reproductive health are also at risk due to these everyday chemicals. What are these products? The effect is on reproduction? And how to clean in a healthy way?
We inhale them, our children touch them and swallow them, our skin is infused with them. These are fabric and fabric softeners on our sheets and clothes, our cleaned floors, our plates and particles found in the air because these substances are volatile. In fact, indoor air is 10 to 20 times more polluted than outside air and the average Canadian family uses between 20 and 40 liters of cleaning per year. In addition, 1000 toxic and allergic substances have been identified in house dust. Finally, beware of all these fragrant products. They contain phthalates whose properties make perfumes last long, but which are endocrine disruptors, meaning they interfere with hormonal processes.
Read article 10 of health hazards at home for more details about the product and its effects.
A name for sleeping outside in our home
They have names for sleeping outside, but we still protect them at home. The following is a list of chemicals contained in our daily cleaning products:
Glycol ether is found in all-purpose cleansers
Nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylate in detergents and general purpose cleaners
Phthalate in perfume, fabric softener and detergent for laundry, floor coverings, paints and lubricants
Pesticides contained in insecticides
Organic solvents such as stain removers, disinfectants and degreas
Bisphenol Now in coloring and cleaning
Effects on the reproductive system
Apart from causing other negative effects on health (cancer, respiratory disorders, etc.), these products are harmful to the reproductive system, embryonic development and the hormonal system (endocrine), whose balance is fragile. Harmonization of sex hormones is sensitive to adolescents. They help the release of eggs, sperm development, sexual behavior, fecundation, fertilization, and fetal sexual normality.
The chemicals in our cleaners can interfere with sexual function or reproductive ability from the beginning of puberty and into adulthood.
In women, puberty, the menstrual cycle and menopause may be earlier and these products reduce the period of fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding. They are also responsible for cyclical irregularities for some people. There are also changes in the ratio of male / female to male baby less, because the sex chromosomes responsible for male sex are more fragile.
For men, the quality and quantity of spermatozoa are altered and fertility. This can also cause congenital anomalies.
Effects on embryonic development
Long-term contact with these chemicals can cause miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight. Embryos can also develop congenital anomalies, visual and auditory deficits, chromosomal abnormalities. Finally, intellectual, psychological, or behavioral deficits can manifest later in childhood.
The most fragile
The most vulnerable to these side effects are the fetus and young children since their metabolic system develops. The damage can be irreversible. In addition, children breathe more air than adults for every kilogram of body weight, they usually spend more time on the floor and explore their surroundings with their hands and mouth. Finally, the effects are often long-term and can be caused by parents and even grandparents’ exposure to toxic substances!