Clinicians should be aware of the potential for cleaning products used in the home to cause respiratory symptoms and possibly asthma.
Greenland, NH (PRWEB) April 10, 2009
TADGreen, Inc.™, providers of E-Cloth®, an environmentally friendly cleaning method is cautioning Americans to reduce their use of household cleaners due to the health hazards associated with chemical exposure and recommends simpler solutions that provide comparable cleaning capabilities. E-Cloth is a specialized fiber technology that cleans hard surfaces without harmful chemicals, or noxious fumes.
There is little question about the efficacy of chemical cleaners that 'kill bacteria' or 'stop mold growth' as they are formulated to destroy living organisms, but recently many concerns among health professionals and consumers have arisen about associated safety risks and impact on human health. When coupled with increased awareness of the dangers of pesticides used on fruit and vegetables and correlation to nervous system impairments, vision problems and other impacts on the human body, consumers are increasing health risks by unwittingly releasing pesticides and dangerous chemicals into the air in their home simply by using common household cleaners.
An Industry with Backwards Regulations
Read the ingredient labels of most cleaners and consumers will likely find Ethanol (also called Butyl cellosolve or 2-butoxyethanol), which is a mild skin and eye irritant that can result in nausea, vomiting, convulsions, stupor, or even coma. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry lists 2-butoxyethanol as a hazardous substance that may harm humans noting that individuals exposed to the chemical (often through liquid cleaners) have suffered from breathing problems, low blood pressure, lowered levels of hemoglobin (the substance in blood that carries oxygen to organs of the body), blood in urine, and high levels of acid in the body. Some people fell into a coma, but recovered following successful hospital treatment.
It is often difficult to assess the real safety risks or dangers of cleaning products as manufacturers are not required (by law) to list all the ingredients in their solutions, and secret recipes are protected by trademarks and red tape. "Considering many users of household cleaners do not have a degree in chemistry, even if all ingredients were listed on a bottle or box, most would still not understand what they were cleaning with," said John Eaton, President of Sales for E-cloth.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in its article If you can't pronounce it, should you use it?, companies are only required to provide hazard symbols like "poison" and "flammable," there is no requirement to list other chemicals that could (even in small amounts) cause long-term health effects.
Toxic chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to health problems such as asthma, allergies, breast cancer, reproductive problems, and learning and behavioral problems in children, according to the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation.
Contaminant exposure can occur immediately as some household cleaning products instantly release harmful vapors into the air, while others produce residue that lingers over time. These harmful components can cause dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, and eye, skin and respiratory tract irritation.
The British Broadcasting Corporation reported in October 2007, that even occasional use of household chemicals - such as furniture cleaners, glass cleaners, and spray air fresheners -could increase the risk of developing asthma. The article, Housework 'can cause asthma' quotes Dr Kenneth Rosenman, professor of occupational and environmental medicine at Michigan State University, as saying "Clinicians should be aware of the potential for cleaning products used in the home to cause respiratory symptoms and possibly asthma."
Allan Coviello, CEO of E-Cloth notes, "There is a lot more going on when you clean your house then you realize. People looking to live a healthier life know it has to start at home. Releasing toxins into your environment is not the best way to stay healthy."
Alternative Solutions Exist
E-cloth uses no harmful chemicals, toxins, or noxious fumes in cleaning; instead, it uses leading edge fiber technology to achieve high performance cleaning. It combines two fibers that attract and soak up water and oil. Advanced fabrication produces microscopic texturing with millions of tiny cleaning edges. These work to penetrate, remove, and trap dirt, grease, oil, grime, and bacteria. The only cleaning companion E-cloth uses is tap water - E-cloth offers a better, safer way to clean.
"As individuals strive to improve personal health and wellness, there's a desire to reduce or completely eliminate the use of household chemicals," said Coviello. "The move is also a growing concern for expecting families, those with newborns, infants, and toddlers, and people with health concerns such as auto-immune challenges, allergies, or respiratory ailments - all who are very sensitive to toxins."
The secret to E-cloth lies in the use of high quality micro-size polyester and polyamide fibers that are split on proprietary machines creating channels with extremely fine edges. These edges scour surfaces lifting and removing dirt, grime, oil, grease, bacteria and more, drawing these contaminants into the channels from hard surfaces while polishing without scratching.
The higher quality fibers allow better knitting and weaving of the fabric, improving E-cloth's ability to clean and polish. The contaminants are stored in the channels until a hot water rinse or washing releases them from the fibers.
A Cloth for all of your Cleaning Needs
Unlike other cleaning systems, E-cloth offers task-specific cleaning cloths to deliver a specialized clean, customized to specific cleaning needs and/or surfaces. E-cloth products are tested and manufactured to master a variety of household cleaning needs.
- Glass & Polishing Cloth - engineered and knitted thin to handle hard to remove light grease and dirt with no scratching, it's ideal for getting clean, streak-free windows and mirrors, and eliminating smearing and fingerprints from stateless steel and chrome.
- General Purpose Cloth - a thick woven material made to remove thick grease and dirt capturing bacteria, it's perfect for stainless steel, granite, laminated countertops, glass, chrome and wood.
- Kitchen Pack - contains one Glass & Polishing Cloth and one General Purpose Cloth.
- Bathroom Pack - contains the Sponge Cloth, which is designed specifically for the extra thick grime and scale found in bathrooms, and one Glass & Polishing Cloth.
In addition to the ecological benefits, including significant reduction in chemical run-off into waterways and tree harvesting, E-cloth saves consumers time and money. Useful throughout the home to clean a variety of surfaces including stainless steel, chrome, glass, granite/laminate counters, and wood, E-cloth also reduces dust particles, fights and removes mildew and bacteria by trapping these contaminants in its unique structural make up.
Individual E-cloths retail for $9.98 and packs retail for $17.98. Available in retailers across the country and online, E-cloth is easily cleaned with a simple rinse in hot water as needed during cleaning. When the E-cloth gets dirty, one cycle in a washing machine followed by air or tumble-drying, creates a fresh cloth for more cleaning. Each E-cloth is guaranteed to maintain its high performance cleaning ability even at 300 laundry washes. For more information visit: http://www.Ecloth.com.