Do Non-Toxic Cleaners Work?
Choosing between harsh and abrasive cleaners that contain toxins and non-toxic cleaners seems like a simple choice. While toxic cleaners may appear to be more effective, non-toxic cleaners are proven to work just as effectively if not more than their more harmful counterparts, with some added positive benefits. Where chemically abrasive cleaners cause health risks and leave the environment in danger, non-toxic cleaning solutions can provide the same level of cleaning effectiveness without damaging our health or our environment. To understand the benefits of non-toxic cleaners, let’s first look at some of the harms of cleaners that contain known toxins.
Toxins In Conventional Cleaners
Cleaning is essential to maintain a healthy and safe environment at home, but a lot of conventional cleaning products we use are not just cleaning. Many of the cleaning products we rely on to protect and clean our households can expose us to harm. Riddled with toxins and sometimes flammable and corrosive, many common cleaning products can be high risk and harmful to both our health and the environment, especially when inhaled or ingested. There are many toxins that can be found in cleaners. Chlorine bleach, ammonia, triclosan, EDTA, phosphates, 2-butoxyethanol, phthalates, parabens and o-phenylphenol are known toxins and are some common ingredients in cleaning products. When using products that contain these chemicals it is often recommended that you wear gloves, that you keep them away from children and that you try not to inhale the ingredients. At a minimum these toxic ingredients can cause skin irritation but there are also potential dangers as serious as increased risk of cancer with repeated exposure over time. If ingested, these chemicals can pose more severe risks.
Why Are Toxins Added To Cleaning Products?
Many of these toxic chemicals, such as chlorine bleach and ammonia, are used as antibacterial agents in cleaners. The harsh chemicals are in our products to kill bacteria and germs that might be floating around on our surfaces. But do cleaners need to be antibacterial to be effective? The answer is no. Countless studies confirm that cleaners containing antibacterial agents do not clean better or kill more harmful germs than non-antibacterial cleaners. Additionally, ingredients like those listed above that are often included in antibacterial products are not great to have around kitchen and dining surfaces where the cleaner may be touched or ingested.
How Do Non-Toxic Cleaners Work?
Non-toxic cleaners are proven to clean just as well as cleaners that contain toxins, and they do so without the health risks. Most non-toxic cleaners do not contain antibacterial agents and are just as effective because in lieu of toxic ingredients, non-toxic cleaners use natural or natural synthetic substitutes that create the same cleaning effects as their toxic counterparts. For example, citric acid is a natural, non-toxic ingredient that can cut grease and grime just as effectively as a toxic counterpart.
Blueland’s Non-Toxic Cleaners
At Blueland, all of our cleaning products are made with non-toxic formulations. Our products are safe for use in your home and are safe for the environment. From the start of our formulation, we set the highest standards for selecting non-toxic ingredients. We worked with Cradle to Cradle to receive a Platinum Material Health Certificate for our non-toxic formulation. We only used ingredients from the EPA Safer Chemical Ingredients List, only selected non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan ingredients while avoiding any ingredients on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Unacceptable List or banned by Prop 65. Our cleaners were proven to clean effectively when tested alongside major brands by independent third-party labs.