An effort has been launched by 1-800-GO-VAPOR, a nationwide marketer of vapor steam cleaners to decrease the cost of their home steamer units in the hopes of helping to limit women’s exposure to the toxic chemicals that may, in part, be causing rates of breast cancer to increase.
“Chemicals found in traditional household cleaning products may be contributing to the rise in breast cancer according to doctors and environmental scientists,” says V. K. Dunlop, a vice president at 1-800-GO-VAPOR.com. “In 2009, The New York Times reported in ‘Cancer From the Kitchen?’ that ‘the chances that a 50 year-old white woman will develop breast cancer has increased from 1% in 1975 to 12% today.’”
One of the possible reasons for this increase is the prevalence of harsh cleaning chemicals found in use on a daily basis by homeowners, and by the companies they hire to clean their homes. While homeowners are encouraged to purchase and utilize their own steam cleaning equipment, sometimes the next best thing is to ensure that the company you hire to clean your home is using green seal, or chemical free products. For several years, Teresa’s Family Cleaning has been making the effort to spread the word of the safety benefits, and cleaning efficacy, of their green and chemical free services, and the word is starting to spread.
“A lot of our customers have been requesting our green cleaning services. Cancer patients, people that have athsma and those that are sensitive to other volatile organic compounds can have issues with standard cleaning products,” Teresa Ward, owner of Teresa’s Family Cleaning explains. “By offering green, and chemical free cleaning, which uses no other cleaning agents except water in different forms, we give people the opportunity to have a deeply cleaned home, without putting their health at risk.”
So, will chemical free cleaning catch on? The method is certainly safe, utilizing only water in various forms, and has been proven effective, killing more than 99.9% of E. Coli, listeria, MRSA, Salmonella, Staph, and several other harmful viruses and bacteria. For families concerned about the long term effects of the chemicals in their environment, and women looking to decrease their risk for breast cancer, switching to steam units and chemical free services may be the first step on the road to better health.