Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of household cleaning products has increased exponentially. But it can actually carry life-threatening health risks.
Experts offer a compelling case for rethinking the cleaning products we use at home, as the chemical cocktail in these products could make us more susceptible to four types of cancer.
From detergents to cleaning sprays, UK breast cancer experts are warning that some household products may contain artificial ingredients known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that have been linked to breast cancer.
Greenscents founder Christina Hawkes expands on this connection more broadly, saying, “Home cleaning products are traditionally made with strong synthetic ingredients, which means they contain a lot of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). These are usually synthetic chemicals. into a variety of products, including plastics, pesticides, cosmetics, food, detergents, toys, clothing, paint, medical equipment, cleaning products, furniture and appliances, and electronics.”
While breast cancer in the UK only links breast cancer to these powerful chemicals, a study published in the journal Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders Endocrine disrupting chemicals are also associated with uterine cancer, prostate cancer, and thyroid cancer.
“EDCs have been associated with hormone-sensitive cancers such as breast, uterine, prostate, and thyroid cancer,” explained Hawkes, “with cancer.”
After reviewing several studies, the experts concluded that while “the level and timing of exposure is critical,” the public should be made aware of the presence of EDC in conventional consumer products.
Fiona Osgon, senior director of health information at Cancer Research UK, said: “People can be confident that when looking at the evidence as a whole, household cleaning products do not increase cancer risk. There are strict security rules. in the Kingdom. United States and the European Union regarding the ingredients in which they may be used. Manufacturers need to make sure their products are safe to use before selling them.”
Hawkes points out that the surest way to ensure our safety is to “whenever possible, choose cleaning products that do not contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals because we know they pose a risk of cancer.”
And if you want to stick to your regular cleaning products, here’s another tip from the expert: make sure there’s enough ventilation while doing housework.
“Avoid cleaning with indoor products. Be careful when using a nebulizer as the drops can easily move around and be inhaled. However, the best approach is to look for household products and laundry products approved by recognized organizations.”