Can cleaning products make you sick?

Well I was almost better but got sick again after some heavy duty cleaning last week (including mopping and a lot of wiping). It could have been the water but I feel like it was the Clorox spray cleaner(and maybe dust) that may have caused me to get an itchy throat and fever. This happened to me last March too. Does anyone else have this problem? I really don't want to hire a maid, maybe wear a mask?
My mom gets sick around chemicals like cleaning products.
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Sure. If you have a sensitivity to chemicals you can. Chlorox is also pretty heavy duty.

If you go to Whole Foods or a health food store you can find cleaning products that are way less harsh. But if you are going to be doing "dusty" work and you're sensitive to dust, I'd wear a mask.
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Well I was almost better but got sick again after some heavy duty cleaning last week (including mopping and a lot of wiping). It could have been the water but I feel like it was the Clorox spray cleaner(and maybe dust) that may have caused me to get an itchy throat and fever. This happened to me last March too. Does anyone else have this problem? I really don't want to hire a maid, maybe wear a mask?
Originally Posted by Josephine
Why would you ahve to get a maid?

Just buy different cleaners, perhaps something without a lot of bleach in it. Or, make your own safe cleaners.
Sure. If you have a sensitivity to chemicals you can. Chlorox is also pretty heavy duty.

If you go to Whole Foods or a health food store you can find cleaning products that are way less harsh. But if you are going to be doing "dusty" work and you're sensitive to dust, I'd wear a mask.
Originally Posted by CurlieGlamourGirlie
Yea, I just googled it and found a ton of info about chemicals in cleaning products(and products to use at Whole foods). I am not using any more that cleaning crap this winter.
If you had it in March, also, I'm more likely to think it's seasonal allergies. But yes, you can definitely get sick from cleaning products!
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After working auto detailing with industrial strength cleaners I can say with confidence YES.

My boss there was very big on making sure every worked the entire time, and quickly. Even an one minute break was too much for him. But I made one mention of inhaling chemicals, and I would be ordered to take a break outside for 10-15 minutes, and a few occasions he even sent me to a doctor just to be safe out of his own pocket. He took the health of his employees very seriously. There were many times, the wind blew just right and I got a lung full and felt sick afterwards. I rarely get sick, but when I worked there, every bug that came around I caught it. And immediately gained my old heath back after quiting.

The chemicals can weaken your immune system. I'm not sure if you've ever heard of Kawasaki syndrome, I don't know a lot about it myself. But one of the theories I've heard that causes it is exposure to chemicals that allowed some sort of infection to invade their systems.
Well I was almost better but got sick again after some heavy duty cleaning last week (including mopping and a lot of wiping). It could have been the water but I feel like it was the Clorox spray cleaner(and maybe dust) that may have caused me to get an itchy throat and fever. This happened to me last March too. Does anyone else have this problem? I really don't want to hire a maid, maybe wear a mask?
Originally Posted by Josephine
Absolutely they can. There are serious chemicals in commercial products. Maybe try using more natural products (hydrogen peroxide & cream of tartar for sink, borax, vinigar mixes, etc.)
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And remember to avoid combining bleach and ammonia. That's toxic -- releases chlorine gas. Important to read the labels.

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