How to Choose Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Your Home
Isn’t it ironic that some of the very same products we use to clean our homes and keep them free from bacteria, toxins, and the “uglies” actually introduce MORE toxins into our homes? I mean, how crazy is that?!
What makes some commercial cleaning products so harmful? Many commercial cleaning products are manufactured with cheap man-made chemicals including some of the more common ones: phthalates, triclosan, 2-butoxyethanol, ammonia, and chlorine. Explaining the dangerous effects of each of these chemicals is outside of the scope of this article, but suffice it to say that several studies have shown that prolonged exposure has been shown to trigger various diseases and side effects, such as endocrine disruption, cancer, respiratory issues, skin irritation and/or burns, and neurotoxicity.
When looking for toxic-free cleaning products, opt for those that disclose ingredients on their label, such as:
Decyl, lauryl, and capryl glucosides
Acetic acid (found in Vinegar)
These ingredients are natural, gentle on the skin, and typically derived from coconut-based oils or plant-derived sugars. Despite their gentle nature, they can be powerful cleaners that will leave your surfaces brilliantly shiny, wonderfully scented, and, best of all, toxin-free.
When you're short on funds, you can easily clean several things around the house with the following cleaning arsenal:
Word of caution: many like to tout Vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner that can be used on any surface. While at ViriClean we agree that Vinegar has amazing benefits and a plethora of advantages, we would strongly advise against using Vinegar on surfaces such as marble, granite, stone floor tiles, hardwood floors, and other delicate surfaces. I can’t tell you how many cases I’ve heard about customers following advice to use Vinegar to clean their marble countertops only to find that after repeated use the Vinegar has etched through their beautiful natural stone.
When using essential oils for cleaning (which I highly recommend you do!) please try and use glass bottles instead of plastic bottles. Essential oils interact with the plastic in plastic bottles, and you run the risk of toxins like BPAs leaching into your product (more on that in future posts).
We use several of the above cleaning ingredients in our ViriClean products and always ensure the labels clearly disclose all ingredients used and directions for use; for example, when using acetic acid (found in Vinegar) in one of our products we clearly label which surfaces the product is safe for. You us directly on our website or through chat if you have any questions about our cleaning products.
Thoughts? What are some things you do on a daily or weekly basis to help keep toxins out of your home?