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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Hygiene Can Harm Health

Doing our shopping we now try to avoid the household products aisles at all costs. The smell is dreadful and hits us hard. When we look at the trolleys and see all the chemical stuff piled up we wonder what the homes might be like. We have some idea because often walking past a house we are smacked by a wall of smell that has us almost running.

This comment from a contact says it all:


The village hall where my husband and I play Bridge has become increasingly toxic. The entrance hall, with Ladies and Gents toilets to either side, reeks to high heaven of toxic cleaning detergents, to the extent that no-one will close the front doors, however cold the evening.

Suffice to say that the fresh air makes no noticeable impact indoors, but the detergent's smells fill the formerly fresh air outside the open doors. In former days the hall itself was less toxic and less fragranced, however, over the last few weeks has become more troublesome to more people.

Members complained of 'burning' or 'gritty' eyes, headaches and feeling 'muddled' and 'thick-headed'. Things reached a head when finally, the smell was greater, more complaints were heard, at which point it was noticed that there were patches of flooring that were still wet. We discovered that the floor had been washed around 12-13 hours earlier in the day.

What sort of solution was this that gave off seemingly toxic fumes and refused to dry that, when applied during the morning, had still not dried at 10.30pm at night? We obtained the key to the cleaning cupboard. No wonder it remained under lock and key!

There were countless warnings printed on the side of the container, from 'Hazard', 'Irritant', 'Wear protective clothing' etc etc. The unbelievable clue, highlighted in a large box read: "Do not release into the environment." Now whose environment might that be? The fish in the sea, when tipped diluted down the drain? Or ours?!

The highly toxic cleaners were not only supplied by a local firm 'G&M Supplies' but had their name printed on the containers. Now that's what I call clever marketing. Sell something cheap and very nasty, but keep your own name off the label, and, better still, use that of a long-standing and supposedly trustworthy firm - people who know how to sell but who have little knowledge of the chemical world.

I wonder how many towns and cities across the country have reputable firms distributing this horrendous stuff to community halls where young and old spend their time. I expressed concern for the Brownies. I later discovered that a 'Mother and Babies club' uses the hall once a week.


I keep saying there is a major health issue looming and will be with us soon. Why do so few of us realise this?

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