It can take a lot of work to keep a house clean, and Kentucky residents may use an abundance of different products to get the sparkling end result they want. However, some common chemicals that are used in cleaning or around the house might be more hassle than they’re worth.
The Global Healing Center has a list of the top ten most hazardous household chemicals available for viewing, and a lot of them can be found in many commonly used cleaning products. Specific products include oven and toilet cleaners, drain cleaners, some dishwashing detergents, furniture polish and air fresheners. Less specific dangers include bleach and ammonia. All of these products tend to either be highly corrosive or can cause internal damage through ingestion or contact with the skin. In some cases, the damage may even be fatal.
Cleveland Clinic states that chemicals that are commonly kept outdoors can be just as dangerous. The garage may contain items such as paint, batteries, windshield washer fluid, antifreeze and motor oil. These can also contain ingredients that can cause potentially lethal side effects even if they are just breathed in. Side effects of these various items may include organ damage, dizziness, acid burns, nerve damage, blindness, cancer, skin irritation, unconsciousness or even death.
While many people are aware of the fact that cleaning products are generally harmful, not everyone may know the extent of damage that can be done by these common items. Keeping an eye on hazard labels and warnings can help a homeowner prevent a potentially serious accident.