Do you know what is in the cleaning products you use around the home? If you aren’t using natural cleaning products, then you might not know the dangers of using cleaners with harsh and potentially harmful ingredients. In fact, according to the United States Poison Control Centers, in 2014 there were 198,018 incidents related to cleaning substances; 118,207 of those reported incidents were for children under five years of age.
Household cleaning products can contain ingredients that are corrosive and can irritate the skin, eyes or respiratory system, make you feel dizzy, cause chemical burns or result in serious emergencies (if ingested). Just looking at the labeling on some of these products is enough to cause concern. Bleach, ammonia, lye, isopropanol, sodium bisulfate, nitrobenzene, and others may be in one or more of the products you are using around the home.
You can learn more about the dangers of ingredients in household cleaning supplies on the United States National Library of Medicine Toxicology Data Network.
Keeping a clean home is important, but why expose your family and friends to potentially harmful chemicals? Remember that when you spray or wipe down a surface, the liquids and propellants inside these products begin to evaporate into the air almost immediately. Once in the air, they will recirculate and spread to other areas of the house where they can potentially cause issues for allergy sufferers or cause lasting damage to sensitive tissue in the respiratory system.
Natural cleaning products provide many of the same benefits found in synthetic cleaners, but they go about doing the same job using plant-based or other natural ingredients. Below are products available on NaturalHealthyConcepts.com, which, along with CleanerFilters.com, is a Renew Co. company. Natural Healthy Concepts offers a range of household cleaning products that are safe for the home and family.
Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
Sal Suds Concentrated Biodegradable Cleaner from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps is an all-purpose cleaner for hard surfaces. Safe for most household cleaning tasks.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) combines sulfates with lauryl alcohol from coconut oil, then adds sodium. Coco-Betaine from coconut fatty acids and betaine helps protect skin while aiding foam formation. Lauryl glucoside from corn-derived glucose, fatty alcohols from coconut and palm kernel oils dissolve grease and lift oils from surfaces. Fir needle oil and spruce oil add a pleasant aroma to the air.
Natural Kitchen Cleaner
Hydrogen Peroxide Solution Food-Grade from Essential Oxygen is safe for use on all surfaces but may be ideal for use in the kitchen. The 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide formula does not contain the stabilizers found in competitors “brown-bottle” hydrogen peroxide products. It is safe for kitchen surfaces or for soaking children’s toys, dishes and more. It is also safe for use as mouthwash!
Dish Soap Lime Zest from Ecover is made from plant based ingredients that are environmentally friendly. The foaming, grease-cutting formula removes stuck-on food and leaves surfaces spot free. The citrus and lemon scent won’t overwhelm and may be easier on sinuses when compared to synthetic fragrances.
Natural Bathroom Cleaner
Toilet Cleaner from Ecover is a plant based bathroom cleaner made with non-ionic tensio-active surfactants, water, citric acid, plant based lactic acid, citrate, natural gum and pine fragrance. These ingredients work quickly to tackle toilet stains, decalcify and leave the toilet smelling fresh. The biodegradable formula is safe for septic tanks and leaves behind no chemical residue.
Natural Laundry Detergent
Non-Chlorine Bleach from Ecover is a biodegradable bleach formula that does not use chlorine. Just like bleach, non-chlorine bleach helps to remove stains and deodorize clothing. The formula is safe on septic tanks and is environmentally friendly.
Grandma’s Laundry Soap from Remwood Products contains laundry lye soap, washing soda, baking soda and borax. These ingredients lift dirt and stains, deodorize and are safe for sensitive skin.
Natural Air Freshener
Trashy Trash Can Deodorizer from Natural House is a natural air freshener that contains a probiotic Bacillus blend that works similar to bacteria in the body. These “good” bacteria help to keep new odors from forming. The coconut based surfactant is a cleaner that helps cut through grime, and the wintergreen botanical extracts leave a pleasant scent in the air.
Natural Glass Cleaner
Natural House Glassy Glass Cleaner from Natural House uses natural enzymes similar to what is found inside the body to tackle dirt, grime and germs. Bio-based ethanol and a plant based surfactant help to lift and dissolve dirt to leave a streak-free shine. The citrus and mint fragrance are derived from natural sources.
Natural Pest Control
Indoor Pest Control Cedar from Wondercide is a natural indoor pest control formula that contains cedarwood oil and hydrated silica and is safe for humans and pets. These ingredients act as a natural pesticide to kill insects, eggs, larvae, and repels pests that try to enter the home. The cedarwood scent doesn’t have the harsh chemical smells of some competing products. Because it is non-toxic, you can use it anywhere in the home, even in the bedroom.
Why Switch to Natural Cleaning Products
When you use synthetic cleaners, you are trading a clean bathroom or kitchen for a household full of chemicals floating around in the air. Buying natural household cleaning products is smart way to protect you and your family from the harsh synthetic chemicals while also keeping a clean home.