All of the home owners want to have free of germs and clean homes where they will live in a healthy and safe environment. Trying to have a clean scented home, they often use a combination of cleaning products to their household surfaces. But these cleaners release the chemicals into the air they breathe. They can smell the chemicals whenever they use these cleaners. The label on the bottles of all cleaning products even warn to wear gloves, to avoid eyes and skin contact with the product, and not to breathe in the fumes.
In most of the homes there are too many plastic bottles full of toxic cleaning products. These cleaning products create packaging waste that is disposed of in our already, overloaded landfills. Also the chemicals in these cleaners can damage our health and the environment.
There are manufacturers which do not inform the buyers about all the ingredients which their cleaning products contain. However, the Environmental Protection Agency require safety labeling in the form of signal words. Products with “Danger” or “Poison” labels means that a product is lethal when ingested in very small quantities. “Warning” indicate that the product is also dangerous, but less so. Those cleaning products which are marked with “Caution” are the least harmful of the three, although they still can be hazardous. Also the buyers need to avoid cleaning products labeled with “Corrosive,” “Severely Irritating,” “Strong Sensitizer,” “Highly Flammable” or “Highly Combustible.”
Reading through its ingredients list, you as a buyer will be more cautious about product’s safety. Be careful for these toxins as you shop.
|Product||Ingredients of Concern|
|Bleach, disinfectants, some detergents||Chlorine compounds, hypochlorite, phenolic compounds|
|Dishwasher and laundry detergents||ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, nitrilotriacetic acid; or phosphates (still found in some dishwasher detergents)|
|Furniture and floor polishes||Nitrobenzene|
|Spot removers and carpet cleaners||Perchloroethylene or trichloroethane solvents|
|Toilet bowl cleaners||Hydrochloric acid or sodium acid sulfate|
|Various cleaning products||Ethylene-based glycol ethers (ethylene glycol, ethoxyethanol, butoxyethanol)|
|Mothballs and air fresheners||Naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene|
There is one more type of cleaning products: Green/ Organic/ Nontoxic cleaners. ‘Green-washing’ is a marketing technique used by many cleaning products’ companies to convince the buyers that their products are ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘environmentally safe’. The truth is far from the cleaning products’ companies advertising. In most cases the majority of companies these days are motivated by profits rather than genuine concern for the environment.
We do not need to use chemical-laden cleaning products to have a clean, fresh smelling home. In fact, most of the natural cleaning products outlined here have been used for hundreds of years.
The best cleaner in the world is water. Hot, soapy water can kill most of the bacteria. Soaking is one of the most effective ways of removing dirt.
Baking soda, a sodium bicarbonate is a naturally occurring mineral with many great cleaning properties. A common baking ingredient cuts through grease because of the fact that it reacts with fatty acids in the grease to form mild detergents. Baking soda also can be used as a whitening agent in laundry. Remove stains and soften water are two more of it’s applications. By adding to washing powder, the baking soda reduces the amount required and improves the performance. Using as gentle scouring powder, the baking soda cleans kitchen or tale surfaces without scratching.
Fresh lemon juice contains citric acid that can remove stains, deodorise, brighten white clothes, disinfect toilets, inhabit mould, and clean glass. It is appropriate cleaner for bath tubs, grouting on tiles, and showers cleaning. It also can clean grime at the base of taps.
Salt can be used as a natural and very gentle abrasive or disinfectant. It is useful to whiten old, discoloured bread boards. Can be used to clear drains and clean stained kitchen utensils. With salt mix with your proper dish detergent you can remove stains from China ware or burn marks from the edges of dishes.
White vinegar is a multilateral cleaning agent. Because of the fact that it contains acetic acid the white vinegar will dissolve calcium build-up in kettles, coffee pots, windows, sinks, shower screens and dishwashers. It also can remove soap scum and grease, foul odours as well. This makes the white vinegar one of ideal cleaners and disinfectants for the bathroom and toilet cleaning. By mixing it with olive oil, white vinegar can be used for polish off cup rings and other stains on wood. With solution of white vinegar and salt or baking soda you can polish up brass and copper.