A deeper look at home cleaning products will show just how many labels have the words: harmful, caution, toxic or danger. Any product that has ingredients that has to be listed in this manner as considered harmful substances.
It is important to keep our homes clean but that also includes making the air within the house healthy to breathe. When we use home cleaning products that have solvents or chemicals that are harmful to us, it disperses into the air and affects our bodies. So as well as having a clean home, it is important to have one that is toxin-free.
It can be difficult to find products that are not hazardous because it is not required for companies to list all the ingredients. The government states that the reason for lack of listing ingredients is due to the fact that the secrets of the company’s house cleaning product success may be revealed. Lists of harmful substances found in typical cleaning products include formaldehyde, chlorinated phenols, phenols, diethylene glycol, perchloroethylene, petroleum solvents and butyl cellosolve.
In order to keep our homes clean yet remain non-toxic is to remove cleaners that have any labels such as poison, warning or danger, as well as any cleaners that you think could be toxic. Products that list all their ingredients, or at least more than others, tend to have less to hide than ones that don’t. When you get rid of these cleaners it is important to find out the safest way of disposing of the hazardous chemicals.
When you buy new household cleaners it is best to use ones that have labels such as biodegradable and non-toxic. Ingredients listed should not include chlorine, formaldehyde and phosphates, to name a few. Your best bet is to visit a natural food store or supply store.
Even the mops, sponges and other products you use should be as natural as possible. Use cellulose sponges instead of synthetic ones that are often mixed with disinfectants. While this can sound ideal for cleaning, there are healthier, more environmentally friendly ways to clean sponges and other items, such as by soaking it boiling water for a matter of minutes and allowing it to air-dry.