Are there children, food, or pets in the environment you clean? If you answered yes, than if for no other reason than that, you should consider using green products when you clean. Typical cleaners have many harsh chemicals, equally harsh smells, and produce an environment that can be toxic. There are several chemicals with long hard to pronounce names that should be avoided. Below is a list of some of the chemicals, and the usual type of product you may find it in.
Alkyl phenoxy polyethoxy ethanols
Laundry detergents, all-purpose and hard surface cleaners, floor care products, degreasers, deodorizers, contraceptives, personal care products, hair colorings, shampoos and conditioners.
Chlorine laundry bleach, dishwasher detergents, cleaning products, and municipal drinking water supplies. Organochlorines are found in cleaners, pesticides, and many other products.
Room deodorizers, germicides, personal care products.
All-purpose cleaners, window and glass cleaners, spray cleaners, scouring powders, brake fluid, perfumes and cosmetics.
Mothballs and other strong-smelling chemical insect repellents, urinal cakes and toilet bowl deodorizers, solid room deodorizers.
Insect sprays, baits, traps, and repellents, weed killers, rodent poisons, mildew treatments and preventatives.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Oven cleaners, paint removers and strippers, degreasers, all-purpose cleaners, polishes and waxes, glass cleaners, spot removers, air fresheners and odor removers, perfumes and fragrances.
Those chemicals are a mouthful. Unfortunately we have been exposed to many of these for a long time in the products we use. They are said to cause everything from breathing problems, developmental problems, liver problems, and cancer. You might say that all this time I have been using regular products, and I haven’t been affected. But, why take a chance? If you are just starting to “go green”, why not start with green cleaning products.
Reliable Paper has an entire section dedicated to GREEN products.