Danger of using cleaner

@bhanusb (5709)
India
June 12, 2011 1:46am CST
Hello my friends, my one aunt(wife of my uncle) recently died of throat cancer after long sufferings. She lived in Greensburg,United States.She was under 60 years. There they have a big house. She liked to keep her house tip top condition. Everyday she used to clean toilets and other rooms. She used to wash her rooms by liquid cleaner objects. The doctors suspected that by the reactions of chemicals of the cleaners she might be affected and that turned to cancer. Most of the women have the habit of cleaning their houses. My request to them be aware of the reactions of chemicals they use to clean their rooms.
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7 responses
@bunnybon7 (36537)
• Holiday, Florida
12 Jun 11
i think you are quite right about dangerous chemicals in cleaners. its why i use the old standby's from way back. vinegar, for cutting dirt and stains. alchohol sometimes to cut bacteria. even a little bleach water , which im careful not to breath in. they are not only safer, but cheaper oh and for shine, old english oil is good on wood.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
13 Jun 11
Hi bunny, the way you clean your house is a good suggestion for them who clean their households themselves.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 11
Thanks for sharing these nice and useful tips. I am always thinking of ways where i don't have to use too much chemicals to keep my house clean.
@makatas (1101)
• Greece
12 Jun 11
Using cleaners is not dangerous, if done with proper ventilation in the room. What the problem is, however, is that many women decide to mix things a bit, like use chlorine with other cleaners to create a stronger detergent. This is not allowed at all, because the mixing can create toxic fumes which really shouldn't be inhaled. I am sorry for your aunt, may she rest in peace. And I wish for much courage to your uncle, who will be saddened much for sure. Have a nice day!
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 11
Yes, my mother ever tried once mixing chlorine and toilet bowl cleaner. She almost faint when she inhaled that strong fumes. It is really dangerous to use chlorine.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
23 Jun 11
Hi makatas, you rightly said proper caution should be taken for using toxic things. Regularly using strong detergent can create health hazard. May be my aunt was a victim of inhaling toxic fume.
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
20 Jun 11
Bhanusb, We know that chemicals are bad. We also know that some people overdo the cleaning with chemical cleaners. Myself, my daughter in law and my son's family basically use vinegar and baking soda for most cleaning jobs. Occasionally I use a commercial cleaner for the inside of the toilets. For the floors I only use warm water and a mild dishwashing soap. For windows only warm water with a bit of liquid dish soap. Then I rinse them with warm water and vinegar. The only time I use bleach is when I cut up chicken. They carry salmonella, so afterwards I wash down the counter and sink with water and bleach. Be safe, use chemicals sparingly!
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
23 Jun 11
Hi Linda, you gave some useful suggestions to clean our households. Especially housewives should be cautious about using chemical materials. Thanks for sharing.
@louievill (18674)
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
I also lost an aunt from esophageal cancer, I would agree with you cause she also loved to use toilet cleaners especially muriatic acid. Like the other post, I think using gloves and masks and checking ventilation and proper dilution is a must if using chemicals cannot be avoided, I also like the other post, which we do sometimes using home ingredients like vinegar and baking soda, think this is the best alternative.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
23 Jun 11
Hi louievill. your 'alternative' is a good suggestion.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 11
Sorry to hear about your aunt had loss her long battle with throat cancer. Since my mother nearly faint once when she mix the chlorine with the toilet bowl cleaner, i prefer not to mix both of them whenever i clean the toilet. I prefer to soak the toilet with the toilet bowl cleaner for half an hour before rinse it. I can see my toilet as clean as new, without using chlorine. It is really dangerous and bad to health to inhaled that strong fumes daily. It is better be careful when using any cleaner.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
13 Jun 11
Thanks. Good suggestions.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
Any sort of chemicals can be harmful. Someone who uses much of these chemicals at home are in danger of having these chemicals in the food they eat. I think just plain water and soap properly rinsed afterwards will do the cleaning. I don't use anything like Lysol and other sorts of cleaners because I am not just used to them. I am used to using only simple tap water and soap.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
23 Jun 11
Hi Cutie, I also think to clean our houses simple tap water and soap is sufficient. If possible chemicals should be avoided in any purpose.
@vandana7 (65019)
• India
12 Jun 11
Bhanusb, we know that chemicals are bad. Agreed that she could've avoided excessive usage. But what about those that get into our system through fertilizers and pesticides. We can never be sure we have washed the vegetable adequately. I am truly sorry that she expired. Cleaning toilets everyday in a large house is not essential. Only those that are used regularly are cleaned. Others are cleaned just before any guests arrive. Saves water, and cleaning fluids, apart from time and effort.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
13 Jun 11
Hi vandana, you have raised an important point. Fertilizers and pesticides are hazards for our health. Fruits are ripened by spraying risky chemicals. But we have no other alternative but to consume these poisonous fruits and vegetables. The unscrupulous traders do all these nuisance to gain extra profit. The world is becoming risky place for our future generation.