Discover why you may want to use healthier cleaning ingredients.
Traditional cleaning products and solvents (like Isopropyl Alcohol) are proving to be hazardous and toxic according to modern research. They are linked to many known carcinogens, diseases, and health risks.
Learn how to avoid the risks and choose safer a cleaning product.
Isopropyl Alcohol (ISO)
Although Isopropyl Alcohol may be one of the cheapest ways to remove resin or clean glass. It is certainly not the safest.
The Risks of ISO
- Dry or sensitive skin
- Irritation of eyes, nose, throat
- Known carcinogen
In addition, ISO is classified as a mutagen (it changes your DNA). Now, that may have worked out for Spiderman. But in the real world we get free radicals and tumors.
It is not limited to just humans either. Plants and animals are severely affected by ISO as well. This dog has cancer on her nose.
It may be a primary source of all cancer according to some view points.
Another independent source claims ISO could be an “ultimate source of cancer.”
And the American Cancer Society lists it as a Known Human Carcinogen
According to Government disposal considerations; ISO waste is classified as “Hazardous” and must abide to the following conditions:
- Disposal to licensed waste disposal site in accordance with the local Waste Disposal Authority. Dispose of waste and residues in accordance with local authority requirements.
- Confirm disposal procedures with environmental engineer and local regulations.
- Do not allow runoff to sewer, waterway or to ground.
Isopropyl Alcohol in the Medical Industry
Many people assume ISO is safe because it is used in the medical industry. But ISO is used in the medical industry for 1 purpose. Quick sanitization. This is so a germ or virus does not get a free ride into your body. It is an important job with a calculated risk. Just like getting an X-ray, Barium Contrast or Chemotherapy are a necessary calculated risk.
That is 2 drops of ISO per use which mostly turns to vapor. In contrast, some people use 2 ounces once a month to clean. 2 ounces is 1000 drops which means 12,000 drops per year. Most importantly this is dumped in liquid form which has a 20 day half-life.
We are subjected to a lot of toxins, consequently the more we have to tolerate. As a result, the less we can tolerate.
What does not kill you does NOT make you stronger. It makes you weaker with less ability to fight off other toxins and diseases.
Isopropyl Alcohol Products
Alcohol based sanitizing products like instant hand-sanitizer can lead to passive alcoholzation.
To most of us 2 ounces we use to clean is not much ISO. However, the Government limits the MICRO amounts used in cosmetic, hair spray and beauty products.
There are sources everywhere but NO INDUSTRY dumps it in liquid form. It is illegal therefore stiff fines for that. In addition they try to reduce evaporation at all times. The effects are cumulative and there are a lot of Cannabis Consumers using ISO. 435 million worldwide! If, for example, the 100 million in North America clean once a month that is 2.4 billion ounces dumped every year. That’s 55,000 gallons per day! LIQUID, which is consequently much worse!
Isopropyl Alcohol and the Environment
One final consideration is to think about the effects of ISO on the environment.
DO NOT wash into sewer because it is harmful to aquatic life. Most noteworthy, ISO poses a significant risk of oxygen depletion in aquatic systems. As a result ISO causes Acute Fish Toxicity
Solvents are harmful to the environment. ISO kills bacteria, algae and microbes in the sewer and septic tanks. Just like good bacteria in your gut, these microbes and algae are involved in the process of cleaning the water. Meanwhile, ISO goes into the water treatment plant which is certainly not equipped to handle it.
The dumping of solvents is illegal.
The Federal Government does not acknowledge these concerns; and consequently it gets worse.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Volatile organic compounds are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. Their high vapor pressure results from a low boiling point.
VOCs and Ozone Pollution
When these compounds evaporate into the air; they disrupt the chemical structure of the surrounding air. In turn, this damages the Ozone and causes further harm to life on Earth.
The Institute of Physics estimates 2 million people died as a result of Ozone effects in 2013.
Ozone pollution causes serious harm to yourself and the environment.
The EPA website on Ozone lists dozens of potential effects from Ozone pollution
Ground level or “bad” ozone is created by chemical reactions. VOC’s interact with oxides of nitrogen (NOx) in air. This happens in sunlight. Petroleum based vapors, and chemical solvents are some of the major sources.
Breathing ozone can trigger a variety of health problems. Ground level ozone can similarly have harmful effects on vegetation and ecosystems.
What are the health effects of Ozone pollution?
Chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and airway inflammation are a few signs to look for. In addition it also can reduce lung function and harm lung tissue. Moreover Ozone can worsen bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma which leads to increased medical care and Asthma “attacks”. Learn more about health effects at the EPA website.
Who is at risk?
Ozone in the air we breathe can harm our health. People most at risk include children, older adults, and people who are active outdoors, especially outdoor workers. In addition, people with certain genetic characteristics. Also people with reduced intake of certain nutrients, such as vitamins C and E. In addition those who have lung issues or diseases such as asthma, COPD or even a common cold will, as a result, suffer more and could die. This is the the weakest 30% of the population! Consequently, these people are at greater risk from ozone exposure.
What are the environmental effects of ozone?
Ozone affects sensitive vegetation and ecosystems. This includes forests, parks, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas. It also harms sensitive vegetation during the growing season. Learn more about how ozone harms ecosystems.
100 years ago no one died from Ozone. In 2013 Two million people died from Ozone.
What will it be like in 100 years from now?
We can ‘tolerate’ a small amount of a lot of chemicals. However, the more our bodies must deal with these chemicals the less we will be able to deal with anything new. Every new cleaner just seems like a more toxic mix of solvents and chemical. The harsher and more hazardous the chemical the less we can tolerate. In conclusion, there are no healthy chemical solvents.
How To Use Isopropyl Alcohol, Solvents, and VOCs Properly
Now, hopefully you’re understanding the risk of using these products. But if you absolutely have to – make sure you are prepared for proper use.
First of all, use adequate ventilation. Unless your attic fan is over your sink, houses do not have adequate ventilation.
Use outdoors or use a respirator with the correct cartridges.
Likewise Use gloves since it can pass through the skin. Similarly wear indirect ventilated eye protection, especially if you wear contacts.
After that, make sure you pour it back into the bottle for storage. ISO does not go bad or lose potency. It will separate for re-use. To sum up, Cleaning is even less fun now that you know you have to use a respirator and save this gunk.
Many solvents, VOC’s and other petroleum-based chemicals cause the same damage. For example, Isopropyl, solvents and VOC’s such as Formula 420, Randy’s, Grunge off and many over the counter cleaners cause similar damage.
According to the New Jersey Dept of Health, improper use “effects may include reduced memory and concentration as well as personality changes (withdrawal, irritability). Furthermore, expect fatigue, sleep disturbances and reduced coordination. ISO has effects on nerves supplying internal organs (autonomic nerves). Furthermore it affects nerves to the arms and legs (weakness, “pins and needles”). ISO is a central nervous system depressant. Isopropyl Alcohol may affect the liver and kidneys.”
And if the health risks aren’t enough for you – imagine this happening in your home.
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Safe Alternatives to Cleaning With Isopropyl Alcohol and Solvents
The only safe alternative to these dangerous products is something with natural organic ingredients.
Mile High Cleaner is an organic cleaner without any of the harmful effects of solvents.
It contains 100% natural ingredients from the Earth.
The only cleaning products you can truly trust will have natural ingredients you can pronounce. No crazy chemical compounds.
Additional Resources and Links
- can damage the nervous system
- are associated with liver or kidney damage
- known or thought to pose reproductive hazards
- are known carcinogens
- cause long term cognitive issues
- are toxic
- All solvents are Hazardous
Volatile Organic Compunds (VOCs)
- affect indoor air quality
- affect outdoor air quality
- in the environment
- are regulated
- and SMOG
- VOC’s and Ozone
Isopropyl Alcohol Resources
- ISO and your life
- 116 things Known to cause cancer ISO
- Effects of ISO and depression
- Hazardous substance FACT sheet on ISO
- Yes it is flammable, very flammable! watch the video.
- ISO poisoning
- ISO Alcohol and Cancer
Modern Research on Hazards and Effects
- Health effects of ISO
- Health risks of ISO
- Level health and safety
- The disinfectant you don’t need
- Skin care and BAD Isopropyl alcohol
- Shave doctors view on ISO
- ISO on your dog
- New Jersey Dept of health MSDS on ISO
- ISO on Plastic yellow shirt
- ISO poisoning
- Solvents and their issues
- Health effects on VOC’s on humans
- What can go down the drain
- Damage to wood furniture
Please save yourself and our planet from harmful solvents and VOC’s.
Choose a natural cleaning product like Mile High Cleaner.
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