Environmental hazards





Mostof the health problems that man constantly experiences are owed tothe number of products they use in their day- to- day life. Corrosivewastes prevalent in our sinks, toilet bowls and showers have alwaysinvoked us to use bleaching agents. Preferably, many people haveopted to use chlorine as an appropriate bleaching agent that wouldhelp one in cleaning the irritating mess in our homes (Nickmilder,Carbonnelle &amp Bernard, 2007, p. 27). However, its use has hadgrave effects on the user’s health and this has made man think ofalternative ways of cleaning their households. The paper belowprecisely addresses the negative effects of chlorine, persons thatare at higher and lower risks owing to its use as well as alternativeproducts that would be used as cleaning agents.

Theuse of chlorine is quite widespread in our homes. The inhalation ofchlorine, nevertheless, soaks into our skin and other vital bodyparts. Additionally, it irritates the eyes, skin and the respiratorytract (Nickmilder et al. 2007, p. 28). It further leads to thedetoxification of various body organs such as the liver and kidney.Mixing it with other detergents would cause one to have a bloodynose, neurological disorders and chronic headaches amongstcontracting other diseases (Nickmilder et al. 2007, p. 28).

Haveyou ever stopped to wonder about the manufacturers’ risksattributing to the manufacture of chlorine in our industries? Theseproducers do take precautions while going about with chlorine’sproduction by ensuring that there is enough ventilation in theprocessing plants. Besides, they use protective wear, for instancethe gloves and face masks. This means that these people are at alower risk of contracting chlorine related disorders (Nickmilder etal. 2007, p. 30).

Onthe other hand, children are at higher risk due to the use ofchlorine in our houses. They are bound to ingest chlorine, whichwould cause pulmonary edema, vomiting and asthma. Immense poisoningwould eventually lead to a coma or even death (Nickmilder et al.2007, p.32).

Therisk can conversely be reduced by using alternative cleaning bleachessuch as Vinegar, caustic soda and burax (Nickmilder et al. 2007, p.33). In cases where chlorine is being used as a cleaning agent thenits minimal use and proper storage should be enhanced. Nonetheless,health hazards attributed to air pollution caused by our vehicles canhardly be avoided since it is difficult to monitor the gaseouspollutants released to our environment.

Toconclude with, one understands that chlorine, though a widely usedcleaning agent has adverse effects. Therefore this calls forprecaution while using it. Conversely, it is advisable that the useof alternative cleaning and bleaching agents should be embraced.


Nickmilder,M., Carbonnelle, S., &amp Bernard, A. (2007). House cleaning withchlorine bleach and

therisks of allergic and respiratory diseases in children. Pediatricallergy and immunology,18(1),27-35.

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