The Top 3 Most Toxic Cleaning Products in Your Home
We all know the drill… managing the household means cleaning up after three meals a day, a never ending cycle of dirty clothes, and a bathroom that leaves much to be desired. You’re probably left with quite a mess. Before you bust out the household cleaners… you should probably know which to start avoiding. The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals! While manufacturers would argue that in small amounts, these toxic ingredients aren’t a problem, they may lead to health issues over prolonged use (not to mention they are likely to be harmful to the environment). For those of us who’d rather not take the risk, here are the top 3 most toxic cleaning products you should avoid, and the eco-alternative you can replace them with.
1. Toilet Cleaners
Cleaning the toilet bowl is a chore we’d rather avoid most days, and with good reason too. The ingredients used to make toilet cleaners can be amongst the most toxic chemicals found in your home. Some are so toxic that they could cause serious harm to your pets or young children if ingested. The chemicals in some toilet cleaners can often release obnoxious gases when they come into contact with toilet water, which can be detrimental to your respiratory system when it lingers in your bathroom.
The switch: Try an eco-friendly alternative like our Organic Choice Antibacterial Toilet Gel. The powerful advanced plant-based cleaning technology with long lasting foaming action leaves your toilet hygienically clean. It doesn’t contain harsh petrochemicals and includes organic essential oils that provides your toilet area with a beautiful fresh aroma, instead of the acidic and toxic smell found in chemical cleaners.
2. Drain Cleaners
We all know blocked drains are a nightmare. A blocked drain could result in a constant gassy smell lingering around your home, and often people think they need to combat their blocked drain with a strong chemical to get rid of the smell. Many chemical drain cleaners contain Sodium Hydroxide, otherwise known as Lye. Sodium Hydroxide is known to be extremely corrosive and can cause severe burns if it comes into contact with your eyes or skin. If your home has a septic system, a conventional drain cleaner is definitely not going to be grey water safe. While this may be effective for clearing away the gunk blocking your drains, there exists a more effective and healthier alternative.
The switch: clear up the problem drain with Actizyme, a safe and natural drain unblocker and odour eliminator that uses a blend of different enzymes to break down and digest organic waste matter into smaller molecules. Actizyme is a better long term alternative to caustic based drain cleaners that offer little residual effect and actually kill off the good enzymes/bacteria in your septic system that often contribute to the return of unpleasant odours and subsequent blocking. It’s 100% safe for grey water use and septic systems
3. Oven Cleaners
Ovens are one of the most used household appliances, and important to keep clean. Just like drain cleaners; Sodium Hydroxide is also a key chemical found in many conventional oven cleaners. When cleaning your oven, you are at risk of inhaling the nasty chemicals or letting the formula make contact with your skin. It is especially crucial to remember that whatever you put into your oven, could end up in contact with the food you consume. Shouldn’t there be a safer alternative to cleaning your oven? Yes, there should. And there is.
The switch: Keep your kitchen clean and green with Orange Power Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Sticky Spot & Goo Dissolver. Relying on the natural ability of orange oil, Orange Power Multi-Purpose Cleaner lifts and dissolves grease, grime, fatty deposits and stains. For those especially stubborn fat build ups, oil stains and tough grease marks, use Orange Power Sticky Spot and Goo Dissolver to instantly scrub and remove them. Both products are non-toxic and leave a pleasant natural citrus scent around your kitchen.
Each time you expose yourself to hazardous cleaning chemicals, it adds to your bodies “toxic burden” – the number of chemicals stored in the body’s tissue at given time. While many conventional cleaning products can be safe when used as directed for a short period of time, they can become a problem when you are exposed to them routinely. Making some minor changes to the chemicals you use to clean your home can protect your health, and the environment at the same time. With so many eco-friendly alternatives on the supermarket shelf now, have you made the switch yet?