The dangerous long-term health impacts of using harsh chemicals

We often think of strong chemicals as the best way to get our sinks, drains and toilets ‘properly’ clean. Especially when we’re dealing with strong odours.

But, cleaning products often contain harsh chemicals that cause severe side effects to people who spend hours exposed to them. The immediate and long-term health impacts are caused by inhalation and absorption and can vary from skin or eye irritation and burns to fertility issues, poisoning and, in extreme cases, death.

Some everyday cleaning products release chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that pollute the air around us, which makes it almost impossible to avoid breathing them in while cleaning. This can lead to headaches, dizziness, vomiting and nosebleeds. Long-term exposure to VOCs can lead to chronic eye, nose and throat irritation, loss of coordination, damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system, and some cancers.

Using bleach every day can irritate your eyes and skin, leading to burns and eye damage. Breathing in bleach over a long period of time can cause asthma (or worsen your symptoms if you’re already a sufferer). Bleach is also hazardous because it’s reactive, and when mixed with other cleaning chemicals can produce toxic gases, such as chlorine gas – when inhaled, it can cause symptoms ranging from chronic breathing problems to death.

What can you use instead of unsafe chemicals?

Bacterial solutions are safer than harsh chemicals, as there’s a reduced negative impact on health and non-toxic to aquatic life.

Our range of environmentally friendly, safe and cost-effective solutions remove the need to use bleach and other harsh chemicals to remove blockages, with regular use preventing the recurrence of issues. The ultimate washroom duo; URIZAP and SLUDGEZAP, remove odours and blockages impacting urinals, drains and toilets, while the combination of SLUDGEZAP and FOGZAP reduces FOG and organic waste impacting kitchen waste systems.

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