Household Cleaning Products May Contribute to Breast Cancer, Maid Brigade Offers Five Tips to Create Safe and Healthy Home Environments

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Maid Brigade offers women tips on how to decrease their exposure to harmful household cleaning chemicals while maintaining a healthy home environment for them and their families.

A recent study by Environmental Health suggests that household cleaning products, air fresheners and disinfectants may contribute to an increased risk of women developing breast cancer. The study also found that regular use of cleaning products in the home may double that risk.

Maid Brigade, a Green Clean Certified® company and the national leader in green household cleaning practices, offers the following five tips to women about healthy cleaning practices to kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

1.    Reduce exposure to unhealthy and hazardous ingredients by avoiding the use of chemicals at home, on the lawn and at work.
2.    Use non-toxic cleaning agents and wear gloves and other protection when using things like paints or glues.
3.    Use natural cleaning products like vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and borax.
4.    Become more knowledgeable about green cleaning practices so safer and healthier decisions can be made.
5.    Get regular mammograms. Thirty percent of breast cancers can be detected through monthly breast self-exams and 85 percent can be detected with a mammogram. For women over 40, the American Cancer Society recommends screening mammograms every year.

“At Maid Brigade we are dedicated to green cleaning practices and only use environmentally safe products and processes that are healthier for consumers, healthier for our maids and healthier for the environment,” comments Marie Stegner, consumer health advocate for Maid Brigade.

“Through our Green Clean Certified program process that cleans with no chemicals whatsoever, we are able to provide a safe and truly green environment for women and their families,” Stegner said.

For more information about household cleaning chemicals and health visit Maid Brigade’s blog at http://blog.maidbrigade.com. For more information about Maid Brigade visit http://www.maidbrigade.com.

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