Ever so often we come across alarming statistics that reveal some hidden monsters in our cleaning cabinets. One of the biggest culprits of bad odour is undoubtedly the drain, and the desire to pour the most destructive chemicals in there, just to get rid of the smell is high. If bleach was one of those chemicals, it may be time to step back and close the lid. 

Bleach, like so many other harsh chemicals has a serious effect on every family member, and especially newborn babies, who are highly vulnerable to strong scents. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition that affects 1.2 million people in the UK. Alarmingly, scientists have now tied COPD to the use of bleach. The research indicates that a single use of bleach per week can increase the user’s chance of developing COPD by 32%.

Chemical Safety When it Comes to Drains

It’s important to take a good look at the labels on containers, as they will indicate the level of toxicity. Some chemicals are safe to handle in the right conditions, but to the horror of many parents, many chemicals they use on a daily basis aren’t safe to inhale, especially for a growing child. When it comes to drain cleaners, bleaches, and other harsh chemicals, there is a big chance of the household inhaling those fumes as the chemicals work through the muck and grime. This is especially true if the cleaner is used in a high-traffic area such as a bathroom or kitchen.