With awareness increasing of the damage we have done and are continuing to do to our planet, many people are looking for alternatives to reduce the number of chemicals they use in their homes.
When it comes to household cleaning products, we know that many of the popular brands contain a laboratory full of harmful chemicals. Sure, they work well – but at what cost to our family and our environment?
Below is a list of the common toxic ingredients found in many conventional cleaning products.
Phosphates - Water softeners for detergents that contribute to algae blooms, which can kill off entire fish populations.
Sodium Hydroxide - Found in drain, metal and oven cleaners and is extremely irritating to eyes, nose and throat and can burn tissues on contact.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - A common sudsing agent that can penetrate the skin and may cause contact dermatitis.
Phthalates - Often found in fragrances, research has revealed these chemicals to be linked to reproductive abnormalities and asthma in children.
Ammonia - Poisonous when swallowed and is extremely irritating to respiratory passages when inhaled and can burn the skin on contact.
It is no wonder that so many of us are searching for safe, natural alternatives to keep our homes and families clean.
So what can you do?
Many everyday household items are ideal natural cleaning products.
It just takes a little thought and planning to create a selection of natural cleaning products. Some safe and efficient ingredients include:
Bicarb soda and salt
Tea tree oil
Alternatively, we are seeing more brands producing natural and organic home cleaning alternatives. These products formulated from renewable natural plant-based ingredients and are completely non-toxic, effective and gentle to help protect families and the environment.