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Avoid Toxic Cleaning Products: Find Non-Toxic Alternatives For a Safe Home

Top Non Toxic Cleaning Alternatives

Are you concerned about what is in the cleaning products you use in your home? You are certainly not alone.

As awareness around toxic ingredients found in everyday common cleaning products grows, more and more of us are actively seeking out ways to reduce our exposure to them. But with all the different labels, brands and types of cleaning products available, it can be difficult to know which are really safe to use.

That’s why it’s important to educate yourself about the toxic ingredients to avoid in cleaning products, and the best non toxic alternatives. In this article, we will delve into the details of what to look out for, what to avoid, and which alternatives are most effective—providing you with the tools you need to create a healthier home environment.

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, the following are toxic ingredients that you definitely want to avoid in your cleaning products.

 

Toxic Ingredients to Look For

  • 2-Butoxyethanol – asscoiated with skin, throat, and eye irritant, damage to blood, and kidney toxicity
  • DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine) and MEA (monoethanolamine) – Known as a hormone disruptor, carcinogen, and organ toxicity
  • DEHP – known as major endocrine disruptors and linked to reproductive toxicity
  • Ethanolamines, Phosphoric Acid, Chloric Acid – can burn the eyes, skin and lungs and is a respiratory irritant
  • Ethoxylated Surfactants, 1,4-Dioxane, Ethylene Oxide – can react to form formaldehyde, a known carcinogen
  • Formaldehyde – Associated with allergies, irritation to the skin, eyes, nose and throat, a carcinogen
  • Perchloroethylene (PERC) – associated with neurotoxicity
  • Quats (Quarternary Ammonium Compounds), Glutaral, and Sodium Hypochlorite (chlorine bleach) – associated with allergies, asthma, birth defects, and fertility issues
  • Sodium Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide – can burn the eyes, skin and lungs and is a respiratory irritant

 

How Do I Know Which Products Are Good/Bad?

Over time, you’ll become more familiar with ingredients in a product! Here’s a list of some that I always avoid.

POISON LABEL – Any product that has a poison label, or says to call poison control if ingested. I promise it’s very possible to effectively clean your home without these risks!

FRAGRANCE – “Fragrance” is an umbrella term that companies can legally use to hide 1000s of individual ingredients. This industry is self-regulated. The FDA says that companies don’t have to disclose what is used to make their fragrance as it’s a trade secret. Classified as carcinogens, hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, skin and respiratory irritants.

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PHTHALATES – A very common plastic-y ingredient. Used to make nail polish flexible, in skin products to penetrate the skin, or to increase the longevity of many other products . Have been shown to cause serious fertility issues such as sperm mobility, or birth defects. Pthalates aren’t always obvious on labels. Some ingredients to look out for:

  • DBP (dibutyl phthalate)
  • DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate)
  • DiNP (diisononyl phthalate)
  • DEP (diethyl phthalate)
  • BBzP (benzyl butyl phthalate)
  • DEHP (di 2-ethylhexl phthalate)
  • DiDP (diisodecyl phthalate)
  • BPA (bisphenol A)
  • BPS (bisphenol S)

TRICLOSAN – A very common anti-bacterial ingredient used in toothpastes, mouthwash, cleaners, deodorants, detergents. The use of triclosan in products may be related to antibiotic-resistant bacteria because it kills the good bacteria that our bodies need. It is linked to skin irritation, liver damage, hormone disruption, and antibiotic resistance

SODIUM LAURYL/LAURETH SULFATE – A common foaming ingredient. Linked to skin & eye irritation, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption & ecotoxicology.

METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE – Highly toxic to aquatic life. Can cause skin irritation, allergies and contact dermatitis. A possible human carcinogenic.

BUTYL CELLOSOLVE/GLYCOL – An industrial and domestic cleaning product which can be a neurotoxin when absorbed through the skin or breathed in. May cause damage to the reproductive system

CLEANING AGENT – Some cleaners contain a vague ingredient called “cleaning agent”. With no information about the ingredient or it’s safety, I would 100% avoid this.

AMMONIA – A popular disinfecting agent. It is highly toxic if inhaled or swallowed, a known asthma trigger and a human carcinogenic. Linked to respiratory and skin irritation

CHLORINE BLEACH (Sodium Hypochlorite) – One of the most commonly used cleaning/disinfecting agents. Dangerous to the respiratory system, endocrine system, skin, associated with respiratory irritation, destruction of gut bacteria, and thyroid disruption.

Non Toxic Cleaning Products:

All-Purpose Cleaner

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Finally, we recommend storing the cleaner in amber glass containers, glass spray bottles, glass jugs, whatever is convenient for the solution you plan to use. This is to avoid further BPAs from leaching into your cleaning products! 

Tip: We understand that clean, toxic free living can be expensive! So we recommend using this as an opportunity to buy your product in bulk, to save more money in the long run! And just remember, you can’t put a price on your health! You can’t buy it, either. So protecting it is sacred, and we must do it at all costs!

Multi-Surface Wipes

Dusting Products

Floor Cleaner

I recommend you use a spray mop with a diluted amount of all-purpose concentrate.

Glass Cleaner

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Stainless Steel Cleaner

Dishes

Dish Brushes

Dishwashing Soap

Dishwasher Detergent

 

AIR FRESHENERS & SPRAYS

Scented candles, aerosols, plug-ins, gels, and incense sticks are full of toxic chemicals. I wanted to share this post from Wellness Mama where you can read more.

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LAUNDRY ESSENTIALS

LAUNDRY MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

HAND SOAP

 

It is important to be aware of the risks posed by potentially toxic ingredients in certain cleaning products and familiarize ourselves with the best non toxic alternatives. Natural products such as baking soda, vinegar, and lemon are often the safest and most effective solutions when cleaning around the home. We should all make an effort to read product labels and investigate alternative options to ensure we are not exposing ourselves and our families to unnecessary and potentially dangerous chemicals.

As Dr. Michael Eisenberg from Stanford Medicine said,
“The most important thing to remember is that many cleaning products are not necessary, and there are effective and safe alternatives.”
So, put your health and the health of your family first. Make the switch to non toxic cleaning products today.

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