Photo: End your toxic relationship with household cleaners

Some common household cleaning products contain chemicals that can harm human health and the environment. (Credit: Brittney Bush via Flickr)

Almost half of Canadian women (40 per cent) are expected to develop cancer over their lifetimes — reason number one to join the Queen of Green's Spring Breakup to end your toxic relationships with cleaners!

It's a parting you'll remember fondly. And I'm here to help.

Fact: An estimated one out of every four Canadians is expected to die from cancer— this country's leading cause of premature death. Yet, 50 to 75 per cent of cancers are preventable.

Did you know that many doctors and cancer treatment centres, like Inspire Health, tell patients to rid their homes of conventional cleaning products once they've been diagnosed with the big "c"?

That's sick.

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Why wait for illness before reducing your exposure to known or potential cancer-causing chemicals (and those that disrupt or mimic hormones like estrogen)?

Speaking of estrogen, pregnant women are given similar advice on blogs, websites and in mommy mags when it comes to home cleaners. But why wait to get knocked up before making your home healthy and safe?

Most home cleaning can be accomplished with ingredients safe enough to eat — baking soda, olive oil, white vinegar, salt, and lemons. When I realized that many common household cleaning products are made with chemicals classified as toxic or hazardous — to our health and the planet's — I made the switch. I prefer my hormones undisrupted, thank you very much.

Stop feeling guilty about the suspect household cleaners you're hoarding. Come clean on this toxic relationship. It's not working for you (or the Earth)! Then follow my simple (and fun!) Queen of Green advice. I'll play matchmaker and introduce you to safer — and less expensive — cleaning options!

Fact: You do have control over your health.

Will you take this 4-step program to break-up with your old cleaning ways?

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

April 9, 2012

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Jul 23, 2014
2:17 AM

Very nice article! It really is stupid that they tell this when is may be too late! I will get rid of the toxic products for sure! Thank you for sharing! Rebecca

Sep 07, 2012
4:52 AM

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Apr 10, 2012
5:38 PM

Erika, We don't endorse or recommend brands cause we don't rank and test products. However, download the shopper's guide we made to help you shop smarter at

And sign-up for the challenge because we will chat about greener cleaners in the coming week!

Lindsay, Queen of Green

Apr 10, 2012
11:31 AM

What house hold products do not have these chemicals? Can you list the house hold supplies that are safe please or the chemicals that are not safe, which potentially can lead to breast cancer?

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