Using Cleaning Products? Don’t Until You Read This! - The Risks of Artificially-Formulated Cleaners and Some Natural Alternatives

By Lisa Franchi on September 11, 2012

You’re cleaning your house to get away from disease-causing germs. Now what if instead of taking them off, you’re actually putting lots of toxins and hazardous chemicals in your walls, floor and draperies? Turns out, this happens if you’re using artificially-formulated cleaning products, a new study found.

Cleaning Products Contain Harmful Ingredients

The report, published by Environmental Working Group (EWG), rated more than 2,000 household cleaners including laundry soaps, bathroom cleaners, stain removers, and floor care solutions. The organisation rated the products using A-F scale based on the safety of the products and how well the manufacturers are disclosing the ingredients.

These cleaners, according to EWG, were linked to asthma, allergy, and cancer.

Based on their report, more than half of the cleaning products evaluated contained ingredients that produce negative effects to the lungs. In some of the products, EWG had a hard time evaluating because some manufacturers don’t completely disclose information on the labels. But according to Rebecca Sutton, PhD, a senior scientist at the EWG, people have the right to know what they’re buying. 93% of the products had an incomplete list of the ingredients used, even with the certified “green” brands, she added.

Based on their reports, 53% of the products contained chemicals that harm the lungs. They are found in chlorine bleach and antibacterial cleaners. Some products contain carcinogens, such as formaldehyde, chloroform, and sodium borate (also called borax acid).

Is there anything we can do about this?

Of course there is. The solution is simple. Don’t buy them. But how are we supposed to clean our messy bathrooms and kitchens, or remove the stain from our clothes and furniture? Fortunately, there are natural and effective ways to disinfect our home.

To give you an idea, here are some of them:

Vinegar – the “all around” Germ Killer

This all-around natural cleaning product can disinfect almost anything from fabrics to tiles and ceramics. It can also be combined with other natural cleaning solutions for much better results. Although it doesn’t smell good like those potentially harmful cleaners, vinegar cleans well. It can take off tough stains from various surfaces. Just make sure to use distilled vinegar for cleaning purposes.

Baking Soda – Stink Killer

Does your refrigerator stink? Let baking soda make it smell fresh and clean again. When mixed with lemon juice, white vinegar or water, baking soda works excellently in busting off stains from your home and at the same time, neutralise the foul smell. This common kitchen must-have can also be used to unclog sinks. Just mix half-a-cup of baking soda with another half-a-cup of vinegar. Then, pour the solution to the sink followed by boiling water.

Lemons – the “Super” bleach

Lemons are natural bleaching agents and disinfectants. It cleans countertops well, leaving it with a fresh, zesty clean smell. Slice the lemon into two and rub each one on the surface of your counter or, you can squeeze its juice and mix it with water. Don’t forget to rinse the surface with water because lemon juice might leave a sticky feel on it.

Salt – the multi-surface cleaner

This very common cooking ingredient is very cheap yet very effective when it comes to cleaning. When dissolved in vinegar, salt becomes an all-around cleaning solution that works well on glass, tiles and sinks.

Newspaper – the best window cleaner

Instead of using expensive sprays, you can keep your windows clearer just by using newspaper. Wash the windows using warm water that has a drop of vinegar. Instead of using cloth or fabric, wipe it with newspaper.

With these natural cleaners, you can keep your home sparkling clean without putting your family at risk of getting exposed to disease-causing chemicals. Stay safe everyone!

 

Source of this article:

The full report is online at http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

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