However, not all “natural” products are void of toxic chemicals.
Some “green” cleaning products are not thoroughly tested and contain allergy causing petrochemicals.
For that matter surprisingly, cleaning product manufacturers are not required by law to disclose the ingredients in their products.
Cleaning with Natural Products
Fortunately, there are people and organization looking out for our best interest by providing us with information necessary for us to make sound decisions when purchasing and using home cleaning products.
Some products should be avoided altogether. The following is a list of recommended products to avoid:
- Dry sheet ingredients and fabric softeners — they are capable of irritating our lungs and are known to trigger allergies and asthma. A healthy habit worth considering is using a little vinegar in the rinse cycle.
- Antibacterial products – These products can incite the development of bugs that are drug-resistant.
- Air fresheners – The fragrance mixture can prompt asthma and allergies attacks. Opening windows or using fans is a better alternative.
CBC exposes dangerous household cleaning products that could be lurking in your home, under your sinks, and in your cabinets.
Some major brands that profess to be “green” and environmentally friendly do not adequately disclose the ingredients in their products.
Food, cosmetic, and drug manufacturers are required by law to disclose the ingredients in their products; however, cleaning products do not come under the same scrutiny.
Healthy Habits Solutions
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a comprehensive Guide to Healthy Cleaning offering practical solutions to protect you, your family, and pets from exposure to harmful chemicals. They tested over 2,000 products, 197 brands, and 1,000 ingredients.
Visit the EWG site to find out more about cleaning with natural products, healthy cleaning habits, and safe alternatives: Environmental Working Group
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