Why Use Non Toxic Cleaning Products?

The phrase ‘eco friendly cleaning products’ tends to produce a mixed reaction in people – we all want to do our bit for the planet, but at the same time we’ve been told for years that only bright coloured liquids that smell like synthetic lemons equal ‘clean’. So why should we use non toxic cleaning products?

Non toxic cleaning products aren’t hazardous to your health

Take a look at the back of your average multi-surface or bathroom spray and you’ll find a cocktail of chemicals with ridiculously long names. Whatever is contained in that bottle is going in your sink and bathtub, all over the kitchen worktops, around baby’s nursery, through that permeable membrane known as skin…you get the picture. If you already suffer from allergies or asthma, remember that the fumes from these products also take to the air, where you can breathe them in.

Non toxic cleaning products minimize the environmental impact of cleaning our homes

A couple of ingredients you will see on the back of most bottles are ionic and non-ionic surfactants. These are what degrease or loosen dirt, and are an essential part of any cleaning product. The problems start when they enter the water system and harm aquatic organisms – by destroying the protective coating on a frog’s skin, for example. Non toxic and natural cleaning products overcome this problem by not only using a lot less (typically less than 5%), but by making sure the ones that are included biodegrade quickly and before they have the chance to meet the local frogs or fish.

Non toxic cleaning products aren’t as expensive as you think

Eco-friendly products are really growing in popularity, so there’s more than ever before to choose from, whatever your budget. Many brands offer bulk quantities to save on money and packaging, an initiative echoed by Ecover and their Refill Service. You can refill a bottle up to 50 times which works out cheaper than buying a new one each time you run out. The most cost-effective way is to use what our grandmothers used – go back to basics with staples like white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to make your own!

But I still need my antibacterial spray…

Switch to products that naturally have antibacterial qualities, such as white vinegar, citric acid (can be bought in packs or found in a humble bottle of lemon juice), or essential oils including Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Lavender.