What manner of horror is lurking on your toilet seat?
You might think you are doing your family a favor when you scrub the seat with strong cleansers that are made with harsh chemicals. You are killing germs, right? Yes, but you are also putting those harsh chemicals against very sensitive skin. Think about it.
If you or your children have an unexplained rash around the upper thighs or buttocks, it may be something called “toilet seat dermatitis.” Untreated, it can lead to very painful skin eruptions with a severe itch.
The rash can also be caused by wooden toilet seats, especially if they are painted or varnished. Again, sensitive skin on harsh chemicals.
A statement issued by The U.S. National Library of Medicine says, in part: “Most cases of toilet seat dermatitis are mild and easy to treat with topical steroids. However, if not treated properly, the inflammation can persist and spread, causing painful and itchy skin eruptions and unnecessary discomfort for children and parents. Skin that’s persistently irritated is vulnerable to bacteria and may lead to more serious infections that require treatment with oral antibiotics.”
They go on to suggest that wooden toilet seats be replaced with plastic ones, and that harsh cleansers containing skin-irritating chemicals be avoided.
Let’s go one step further. Look beyond the cleaners you use for the toilet seat and take a peek under the kitchen sink, in the utility closet, or the basement. How many cleaning products do you have… made with how many different potentially toxic chemicals? Have you read the ingredients? Your home, and the products you use to keep it clean and seemingly fresh could actually be making you sick.
What are we doing to ourselves? With so many illnesses and conditions of unknown origin, perhaps we should take a closer look inside the walls of our own homes.
In our zeal to provide a clean and healthy environment for our families, we are purchasing a multitude of different cleaning products for our homes, rubbing and scrubbing it on, breathing it in, and putting it right up against our bare skin.
Like the foods we put in our bodies, every chemical cleaning agent we expose ourselves to has the potential to make us ill.
The good news is that in most cases, cleaning agents made out of natural substances can do the job just as well, if not better — and more safely.
So get rid of that wooden toilet seat and round up the cleaning products you have stashed around the house. Be prepared to be shocked at how many toxic chemicals you’ve been exposed to in the comfort of your own home.
Care2’s Healthy and Green Living section provides a wealth of information about natural living. Following are just a few articles of many about how to clean your home the natural way. You’re worth it, aren’t you?