*Bleach. It's a strong corrosive that that can irritate the skin, eyesand respiratory tract; vapors can cause fluid in the lungs which canlead to coma or death. (Note: Never mix bleach with ammonia or other acids, even vinegar. It causes deadly fumes.)
*Air fresheners. Many contain formaldehyde, a carcinogen. Some contain phenol, small amounts of which can cause cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma and, in extreme cases, death. Most air fresheners work by either masking the one scent with another or by interfering with your ability to smell by releasing a nerve-deadening agent.
*Carpet and upholstery shampoos. Some contain perchloroethyene, a known carcinogen that can damage the liver, kidneys and various systems.
*Furniture polish. Many contain nitrobenzene, a chemical that is easily absorbed through the skin. Repeated exposure can cause genetic changes, birth defects, cancer, liver, kidney, heart and central nervous system damage.
There are nontoxic cleaning products available, but just because products use words such as "natural", "fresh", "gentle", "simple" and, in some cases, even "nontoxic", you still need to turn the bottle over and read the ingredients.
"Companies can say pretty much what ever they want to." "For instance, labels that say 'unscented' or 'fragrance-free' on the front can say 'masking fragrance added' on the back."
Don't take our word on it ... do you own research. One great site is