Creating a healthier home for you and your family starts with green cleaning products.The ingredients that go into these products make all the difference as to how safe and eco-friendly they are.
There are no regulations when it comes to product claims. Companies can use the words natural, environmentally safe, and nontoxic, on product labels which lead us to believe we are buying natural, safe and earth friendly products when in fact, we’re not.
Companies also do not have to disclose all ingredients used so we are left wondering whether the product is safe to use.
Stay away from products containing ammonia, diethylene glycol, chlorine bleach, triclosan, DEA and TEA, fragrance, petroleum based ingredients, 1,4-dioxane, and formaldehyde. These chemicals can be harmful to you and the environment.
When we use cleaning products we are breathing in fumes and mists containing volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). When using a combination of VOC’s, it is impossible to know how they react together, especially when they are inhaled and absorbed into our bodies. They also remain in the air creating indoor pollution in our homes.
Babies, pets and children tend to put things in their mouths. Not only can they breathe the cleaning products in, but residue from cleaning the floor, counter or bathroom may remain behind and can be ingested by a child or pet.
Some of the toxic chemicals in cleaning products also contribute to pollution in the environment. Many of them do not break down readily and remain within our air, water and soil.
It is particularly important that we protect our families and our environment from unnecessary exposure to chemicals. Choosing green cleaning products is a big step in the right direction!