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Do Cleaning Products Really Clean?

June 11, 2010

When you clean your oven, toilet, bath tile, kitchen floor, or windows, you can smell the toxins.  The product label even tells you to wear gloves, avoid contact with skin and eyes, and do not breathe the fumes.  If the cleaning products are too dangerous to touch, how are they cleaning your home?  What kind of residues are left in your oven, where you prepare food for your family?  What about the kitchen floor where your children are crawling, or the bathtub they are sitting  in?

These everyday products diminish indoor air quality by introducing a variety of harmful chemicals.  Is it possible that the air inside your home is more toxic than the air outside?  If you use bleach, traditional cleaning products, air fresheners, dry cleaning services, or other common household chemicals, it probably is.   

The EPA reports poisonings as the #1 cause of hospital visits by children.  Some hospitals report 79% of all poison control center cases involve children, with 64% occuring in children under age 5. The toxins commonly found under a kitchen sink are often the culprit. We welcome toxic chemicals into our homes in the name of cleanliness, but how clean is a home full of carcinogenic residues?

Green alternatives are the only solution.  As the truth about the chemical and petroleum industries leaks, consumers are faced with harsh realities. People want to protect their families, but it is hard to read between the advertising lines.  Companies put flowers on bottles of poison, and use the word "green" to distract consumers from a petrochemical additive, and leave out ingredient listings all together. The fact is chemical companies don’t have to list the ingredients on household cleaning products.

The green cleaning product revolution is evolving. There are numerous products on the market that aim to protect you, your family, and the environment. But no two eco-friendly products are alike. Look for cleaners that are enzyme-based, plant-based, and fragrance-free. Perfumes and dyes contribute to respiratory problems and multiple chemical sensitivity disorders.  Make sure the products you are using have the Green Seal of approval on the label.  Another alternative is to make your own green cleaning products at home.

The first step to protecting yourself and your family from common household toxins is information. When it comes to protecting your health and the environment, it is best to be choosy.

Maid Brigade House Cleaning Services would like to hear from you!  Let us know how you feel about harsh chemicals in your cleaners!  For more information on healthy green living, please go to or

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