As an eco cleaning brand, it's understandable that we can't stop talking about the benefits of natural cleaning products.
If you're wondering what the difference is between eco-friendly cleaning products vs. regular cleaning products, keep reading. There are ten major reasons that might surprise you!
A Quick Note About Natural Cleaners vs Chemical Cleaners
We see a lot of "chemical free cleaning products" being advertised, but "chemicals" are simply a reaction between two or more substances (even water can be considered a chemical substance).
No matter the formula, every cleaning product contains chemicals of some kind. Any claims of "chemical free household products" are erroneous, but there are plenty of products out there that use questionable ingredients like bleach, ammonia, and formaldehyde.
1. Green Cleaning Products Are Good for the Environment
You may wonder: why use eco friendly cleaning products? The environment is the perfect place to start. From the seemingly innocuous sodium lauryl sulfate (toxic to aquatic life) to phthalates (linked to reproductive health issues in animals and humans), plenty of common cleaning chemicals are known to cause environmental damage.
The EPA recommends using eco-friendly cleaning products that are low in volatile organic compounds like glycol esters, limonene, and hydrocarbons.
Fun Fact: All Puracy cleaning products are biodegradable and safe for greywater systems.
2. Plant-Based Cleaning Products Tend to Conserve Resources
Rather than purchasing multiple products to clean your kitchen, bathroom, toilets, showers, sinks, and windows, a multi-use cleaner cuts down on unnecessary waste and space.
For example, our Natural Surface Cleaner is available in a hyper-concentrated formula. A a small amount of product to the bottle of your choice, fill with water, and you’ve got a grease, gunk, and grime fighter.
Our BPA-Refill Packs Save Resources and Money
Reducing plastic, water, and energy output by about 90%, Puracy refills are another great way to save resources and money (over 20% per fluid ounce, in fact). Since we introduced them, these BPA-free refill packs have saved more than 5 million bottles from entering the environment. That's just one way Puracy offsets its environmental impact.
3. Natural Cleaning Products Tend to Contain Fewer Allergens
Conventional cleaning products can cause respiratory or sinus irritation in certain individuals. We started Puracy to provide the best plant-based cleaning products anywhere. That's why we'll never use common allergens and irritants like:
- Synthetic fragrances
4. Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products Are Usually Cruelty-Free
Most natural cleaning companies strive to create sustainable, eco-friendly products.
From the source to the bottle, Puracy is 100% cruelty-free and vegan. We applaud all our competitors who have taken a stand against animal testing.
5. Eco-Friendly Chemicals Are Gentle on Sensitive Skin
Exposure to certain ingredients in cleaning products can lead to skin irritation – and worse. Two popular additives include:
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that can also cause skin irritation and allergic responses. It may also be known as the following:
- Formic aldehyde
- Methyl aldehyde
- Methylene glycol
- Methylene oxide
Pro Tip: Multiple ingredients can actually release formaldehyde.
Often found in cleaners and disinfectants, exposure to chlorine bleach has been linked to chronic respiratory problems (like asthma). Some people suffer from extreme allergic reactions, chemical burns, and permanent tissue damage.
Is it possible to clean your bathroom and whiten clothes without using bleach? Absolutely. And we’re happy to prove it to you.
6. Natural Cleaning Products Avoid Caustic Chemicals
According to the EPA, many commercial cleaning products contain harsh and synthetic ingredients. Concentrated cleaners can be especially hazardous, causing burns, lung damage, or accidental poisoning (a major concern for households with small children and pets).
We've tested all of our plant-based cleaning products (especially our eco friendly disinfectant) for safe use around your family. No fumes, residue, or “bad stuff" involved.
7. Green Cleaning Products Are Created for Homes & Families
Puracy is an eco cleaning brand that takes care of what matters most: our loved ones and the environment. That’s why our team of biochemists carefully create eco-friendly, plant-based cleaning products with completely transparent ingredient lists (and highly effective formulas).
8. Natural Cleaning Products are Especially Safe for Babies
If you have little ones at home or you are currently pregnant, natural cleaning products are the safest option for your household. For children, short-term effects of toxic cleaning products can include headaches, nausea, diarrhea, and skin rashes, but long-term exposure can lead to birth defects and even cancer. Thus, we need to clean our homes using only the safest, gentle ingredients (that are still tough on germs and mess).
Want to start planning now for your little one’s arrival? Don’t miss our tips on how to use natural cleaning products to clean baby toys, as well as tips on finding the safest cleaning products for your infant’s specific needs.
9. Natural Ingredients Mean Less Accidental Stains
When it comes to cleaning, using toxic or chemical-ridden products can often accidentally lead to more accidental stains if you're not careful. From discoloration and bleach stains on clothes or holes in upholstery, products with acid, alkaline, and bleach can often do more damage than good. Don’t tackle one cleaning problem only to be met with more by using dangerous, chemical-heavy products.
Don’t know where to start? Natural cleaners can take on heavy duty problems when used strategically. You can choose to clean using alternatives to bleach, as well as getting rid of hard water stains in your bathroom without resorting to industrial strength cleaners.
10. Eco-Friendly Cleaners Reduce the Risk of Indoor Pollution
How safe is the air in your home? With natural cleaning products, you have less to worry about. The EPA notes that in many cases, indoor air quality can be much worse than outside air quality due to household products like cleansers, disinfectants, and aerosol sprays.
You can lessen the risk of indoor pollution by opting for pump sprays over aerosols, as well as keeping windows open to encourage air circulation. When you clean using products with natural, organic formulas, you also lessen the risk of exposing yourself to harmful toxins and chemicals while in the process of cleaning in less ventilated areas.
A Sustainable Future Starts at Home
Now that you’ve chosen to use natural cleaning products, what’s next? As we kick off a New Year, we can resolve to make sustainable choices in our own homes, starting with opting for natural, eco-friendly cleaning products. As you refine the list of products you use remember, here is a checklist for what to keep in mind as you do your research.
- Offer refill pouches that allow you to save energy and water
- Come in biodegradable packaging that won’t create more plastic waste
- Use bottles, pumps, sprayers, and caps that are easily recyclable
- Clearly list their ingredients on the packaging, along with how it is made
- Ethically source and manufacture their products
Since there is no set definition for "natural" when it comes to cleaning products, pay special attention to what a brand means when they make that claim. At Puracy, you can learn more about our plant-based ingredients, as well as their renewable sources and biodegradability.
Discover the Benefits of Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
It's no coincidence that our Natural Surface Cleaner has a 4.7-star rating and keeps landing on best-of lists. From windows to countertops to play equipment, this easy, streak-free, 99.5% natural formula can be used on any non-porous household material.
Cleaner products to clean your home – what could be more perfect than that?