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Did you know that every fifteen seconds, one poison exposure is reported to the Poison Control Center?
When we aren’t careful about the chemicals we’re exposed to, we can cause ourselves serious damage. But how do we avoid unnatural, toxic chemicals?
One way is by choosing cleaning products that contain only safe ingredients. But that can be an overwhelming task. Where can we find the best cleaning products to keep ourselves and the environment safe?
Look no further! We’ve got you covered.
Cleaning Product Contents
Cleaning products contain a variety of ingredients that fall into several categories, including sanitizers, acids, detergents, abrasives, and alkalies. Let’s look at those categories one at a time.
Sanitizers are chemicals that kill bacteria. When you think about sanitizers, think about normal household products like dish soap. Sanitizers often include chlorine, ammonium, and iodine-based sanitizers.
Acids include chemicals like vinegar, lemon juice, oxalic acid, and hydrochloric acid. Acids are useful for breaking down hard surfaces and rust. They can also be dangerous if exposed to the skin and eyes.
Detergent is a material that makes dirt more soluble. Contrary to popular belief, detergent is different from soap. It loosens dirt and other materials in order to clean objects (especially fabric).
Abrasives are not actually chemicals at all. Instead, they are rough objects that remove dirt and grime by rubbing against them. Think of a sponge, sandpaper, or pumice stone.
Abrasives can be dangerous when you use them on soft or sensitive surfaces, like human skin or polished surfaces. Use them cautiously.
Alkaline cleaners are good at cleaning oil and grease. That’s because alkalies pick up oily particles and combine them with the cleaning liquid. They don’t deposit the oil back on the surface.
Choosing Cleaning Products Safely
None of these ingredients are inherently unsafe. However, when you’re choosing cleaning products, you want to choose products that have natural and eco-friendly ingredients.
Look for products that have the Green Seal, or that are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. You should also look for non-toxic ingredients, such as white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.
Here’s your cleaning product checklist for when you’re purchasing safe cleaning products:
- Ingredients are safe and non-toxic
- Mostly ingredients that are easy to pronounce
- Contains essential oils (if possible)
- Comes from a reputable cleaning product supplier
Where to Find Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
If you’re caught up in comparing cleaning product prices or ingredients, you might be overwhelmed in your search for safe cleaning products. Luckily, you don’t have to search alone.
You can start by asking for help at your local hardware store. An employee can direct you to natural, nontoxic cleaning products.
You can also shop online. Shop on Purbloc here for safe cleaning products with natural contents.
Enjoy Your Safe Cleaning Products
Choosing cleaning products that are safe is worth the extra mile. You’ll feel happier when you protect both yourself and the environment by investing in natural cleaning ingredients.
Looking for more advice on the most eco-friendly brands? Be sure to check out our Brands category!