Developed as something that is intended to clean our home and protect us from bacteria and contamination, these products may actually be causing more harm than they are good.
The ingredients found in many conventional cleaning products mean that our homes may appear to be clean but they may not be considered a safe and healthy environment at all.
These everyday household cleaners contaminate the air with a mix of carcinogens, hormone disrupters, neurotoxic solvents, mood altering chemicals and reproductive toxins, leading Scientists to regard these household products as a serious source of pollution. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside the typical home is on average 2-5 times more polluted than the air just outside and, in extreme cases, 100 times more contaminated largely because of household cleaners and pesticides.
As our use of cleaners continues to rise, so too does the incidence of cancer, asthma and other illnesses. It is being suggested that our constant contact with chemical fumes and chemical residues inside our homes may be a significant contributing factor.
On the back of most household cleaners it is clearly evident that the ingredients are toxic – ‘hazardous, corrosive, dangerous.’ The warning signs are a clear indication that these substances are not friendly, they are not to have contact with our skin, eyes or mouths, they are, in every conceivable way, poison.
A key problem with household cleaners is that it is difficult for consumers to avoid toxic chemicals because the manufacturers are not required to disclose a full list of ingredients on the label.
Luckily there are an increasing number of companies that are trying to produce cleaning products in a more responsible, ethical and safer way. Concerned by the potential toxic effects of some chemicals, these companies source ingredients that are plant-based, renewable and have a long history of safe human use.
For these companies, this means that they avoid petrochemicals and chemicals such as chlorine bleaches, phosphates, optical brighteners and synthetic fragrances.
We carry a wonderful range of environmentally friendly and natural cleaning supplies in bulk at our stores, making it easier, safer and more economical for you to ensure that your household cleaners are as good for you and the planet as they are for cleaning your home!
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