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Did you know that over 90% of all reported poisonings in America occur at home, with the leading reported cause being household cleaners? Not to mention, many chemicals in household cleaning products have been linked to long-term or delayed health effects; these include cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive issues, asthma, organ damage and neurological problems.
The alternative? Buy natural alternatives. These can be found at natural food stores and increasingly, at regular supermarkets. Make sure that you read the label and understand the ingredients - not all products marked 'natural' or 'organic' are, since there are no regulations for what can be claimed (yet!). You can also
make your own: see Annie Berthold-Bond’s ‘Better Basics for the Home’ book for alternative recipes.