Living Simply Rich was asked, “Why dont we just open windows when cleaning instead of using REAL green products?”


 Thank you for the comment in regards to toxins in our everyday products.

Ventilation during cleaning with toxic products is not good enough in the Living Simply Rich book.

Here are just a few reasons why.

The choice is yours!

The believe is that organizations would take responsibility and care in regards to the populations health and welfare.

I/we believe that it is a responsible action to educate oneself for the benefit of family and community alike.

If one had a choice of using a product with know toxins or a product with no toxins, which one would be the choice.

Example of smoking, a decade and more ago smoking was not exposed to be harmful. After long term studies, patients, and research the direct link of smoking to cancer has been exposed


The choice is your!

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) analyzed only 2,983 chemicals used in personal care products.

The results concluded:

884 of the chemicals were toxic short and long term (also depends on body/fat mass)

314 caused biological mutation

218 caused reproductive complications

778 caused acute toxicity

148 caused tumors

376 caused skin and eye irritations

Warning Labels?

Manufactures are not required to list the exact ingredients on the label. Chemical names are often disguised by using innocuous “trade names”. Example formaldehyde has 75 different “trade names” that can be used on product labels.

The chemical listed on the label may not be recognized for what it is.

Even when the harsh and dangerous active ingredients are listed on the package, oftentimes the ingredients are lumped into a category known as “inert”. This may lead one to believe that these ingredients are non toxic and non hazardous. Many of the different chemicals labeled as “inert” ingredients are more harmful than the active ingredients.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not require manufactures to identify most of the inert chemicals or disclose their potential harmful effects.

In the regards to warning labels, a New York study found that 85% of personal care and household products they examined had incorrect warning labels. These labels did not have any information on the negative effects of long term exposure to these chemicals.

How are we suppose to make an intelligent decision to bring these products home when we do not know what ingredients are really in the products?

Chemicals that are in personal care and household products can cause death, cancer, central nervous system disorders, learning disorders, birth defects, respiratory illness, and many other health conditions.

Manufactures do not list long-term effect health effects on the packages and are not required to list the ingredients. Even if the ingredients were listed on the label, the average consumer would not recognize the chemical name for a hazardous ingredient.

Here is a short list of the average product effect that can be purchased at the local market.

Air Freshener- toxic, may cause cancer, irritation of nose, throat and lungs

Disinfectant-toxic, causes skin, throat, and lung burns, coma

Drain cleaner- highly toxic causes skin burns, causes liver and kidney damage

Oven cleaner- toxic, causes skin, throat, lung burns.

Window cleaner- toxic, causes CNS disorder, causes liver and kidney disorders

Floor cleaners- toxic, causes CNS disorders, may cause lung cancer

Spot Remover-toxic, may causes cancer

Dishwashing detergent- toxic, causes eye injuries, damage to mucous membranes, and throat

Carpet Shampoo- toxic, may cause cancer, causes CNS and liver damage

Bleach-toxic by swallowing ,vapors are harmful, causes CNS disorders

Dandruff shampoo- may cause cancer, causes organ degeneration, causes CNS disorders.

Deodorant soap-may cause cancer, asthma, lung irritation

Bubble bath-causes bladder and kidney infections, irritates skin and nose

Cosmetics-may cause cancer, causes CNS disorder, irritates skin and lungs

Back to formaldehyde, a couple other names for formaldehyde are formlin, urea formaldehyde, phenol formaldehyde. The are many other trade names for formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde has been linked to a rare form of nasopharyngeal cancer and research is done on the cancers of the throat and lungs.

Epidemiological studies have shown the association between formaldehyde and leukemia but scientists have not been able to show how this occurs.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had ranked formaldehyde a “probable” human carcinogen, The World Health Organization upgraded its classification to a “known” concluding that formaldehyde “is carcinogenic to humans!”

There is plenty more information in regards to this topic at my fingertips if you would like more.

I am including references below so that you can educate yourself on these and other topics.

The question is, do people open the windows and put on the fans when cleaning, especially when it is 20 degrees outside?

Where do the chemicals go when we open the windows, outside?

These chemicals are toxic to us and we just do not rid of these toxins, they are usually stored in our cells and that is of adult size. What about the small children and babies that are around these toxins?

We can only store so much of these toxins without having a reaction ie, sensitivity, asthma, cancer,

fibromyalgia ( known cause is overload of toxins in the body) the list goes on and on and I could write on and on about these topics.

The choice is yours!



Environmental Protection Agency

The Texas Department of Health

RM Barry Publications 10th Edition

National Poison Control Center

The Green Guide Sept/Oct 2000

Harvard University

Southern Denmark University

Health Los Angeles Times

National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health

Knight Ridder Newspaper May 24 2006

The study,”Indoor Air Chemistry: Cleaning Agents, Ozone and Toxic Air Contaminants”

can be accessed online at

Associated Press June 16, 2006

United States Food and Drug Administration, FDA Authority Over Cosmetics. Office of Cosmetics Fact Sheet, 1995.

Judith Berns, “The Cosmetics cover up.” Human Ecologist 43

John Harte, Toxins A to Z (University of Californa Press)
Debra Lynn Dadd, Home Safe Home.

More information can also be found in

Ecoholic, Canada .

Wellness Guide, RM Barry Publications, 10th edition

 I would rather buy true green and not let toxins float in the air in my home or open my windows and pollute my neighbors air.


About livingsimplyrich

Hello World! Thank you for checking out my blog. I love to help with making your life a little more simply rich, whether it is saving some change in your pocket by cutting costs, giving you tips on how to save time and spend more time with your family, tips on what I am doing with my hard earned money, or teaching simply green techniques. All of this adds up over time and makes life a little more simply rich. So sit back and enjoy the ride. Thank you, Rochelle Marie- Miss Congeniality
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