Dangers of Chemical Cleaning

by Nov 4, 2019Articles, Management

You won’t believe what was found in the umbilical cords of new born babies!
By Elrike Janse van Rensburg, ENJO South Africa

I fell pregnant in 2009 and, like many new mothers, I was also concerned about the health of my unborn child. I did a lot of research, and learned about the effects of chemicals on the health of my baby. I was concerned about what I had found. I felt like we are guinea pigs of a big experiment. Alarmingly I have found that no research on the health and safety of chemical cleaners and detergents had been done in the 1950s prior to their introduction to the market. Only recently the damaging effects of these chemicals to our health has emerged in the form of allergies such as asthma, skin rashes and eczema. SO HOW DO THESE CHEMICALS ENTER OUR BODIES TO CAUSE THIS? Chemicals can enter the body through the toxic fumes (if you can smell it, it is likely toxic), and by touch – for example, washing the bath with a detergent. The detergent will then enter our bodies while bathing. Research shows that it only takes 26 seconds for cleaning chemicals to enter your bloodstream upon touch! Of particular concern is a research study by
Currie and Schmieder (2008) that found over 232 chemicals in the umbilical cords of new born babies. Thus, every person is exposed to chemicals due to their environment, including pregnant women. Thus, reducing our chemical exposure will reduce the chemicals in our bodies, thereby preventing the transfer of these harmful chemicals to new born babies during pregnancy. We also know that health risks are built up over time causing health problems such as cancer, fertility problems, stillborn babies, prematurely born babies, autism and many more ailments. Currently, chemicals are everywhere. Even at restaurants, surfaces are
cleaned with chemicals which enter food prepared on these surfaces, and consequently enter our bodies. SO WHAT CAN WE DO TO REDUCE OUR CHEMICAL EXPOSURE?  Well, we spend most of our time indoors, at the office or at home. It is by far the easiest to reduce chemical usage at home, as this is where most of our exposure and control is. In other words, we need to live in an em-friendly way.


Sometimes we are made to believe a product is em-friendly when in fact it is not! This practice is called green-washing. Currently in South Africa there are no laws forcing detergent manufacturers to
list all the ingredients on their labels, and therefore the practice of green-washing is very easy and rife! This means that toxic and dangerous ingredients can be hidden while presenting the em-friendly ones.
For example, if a specific product contains 85% water, the manufacturer will present the product as 85% eco-friendly.

• Buy and eat organic foods – pesticides used on commercially produced non organic crops enter the produce, and therefore your body when you eat it.
• Reduce your use of cleaning chemical exposure, using ENJO.
ENJO can help reduce your chemical usage by 80% to 90% !

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