Cleaning is a necessary part of healthy living and maintaining a safe and beautiful home. Regular cleaning sessions allow you to clear out allergens, dust, and other contaminants while improving the interior aesthetics of your living space. But did you know that many mainstream cleaning products might actually do more harm than good?
It's true. Made from numerous harsh and synthetic ingredients, several cleaners on the shelves of everyday stores could cause skin, eye, or respiratory irritation, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA also warns that concentrated forms of many commercial cleaning products are "hazardous." As a result, they can "create potential handling, storage, and disposal issues for users," as well as have a negative impact on the environment.
By switching to products made from natural, safe, and effective ingredients, you'll be contributing to a healthier home and planet overall. Here are 7 of the most important reasons why green cleaning practices are so important.
The dangerous chemicals found in regular cleaners can damage our environment, like alkylphenol ethoxylates, a surfactant that can cause "adverse reproductive effects of the types seen in wildlife exposed to polluted waters," according to the EPA.
As an alternative, the EPA recommends choosing cleaning products that are biodegradable, low in toxicity, low in life-cycle energy consumption, low in volatile organic compounds, and that use less packaging.
Ever had a sneezing fit after spraying a bunch of disinfectant or cleaning a toilet with a bleach-filled cleaner? Many of the chemicals and synthetic fragrances found in conventional cleaning products contain allergens or irritants. Formaldehyde, chlorine and chlorine compounds, glutaraldehyde, and other common ingredients used in cleaners can cause respiratory or sinus irritation if exposed to them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Natural products typically avoid the use of dangerous or irritating chemicals. For example, all Puracy products are at least 99.5% naturally derived, helping reduce your risk of exposure to allergens and other irritants. In particular, we avoid the use of SLS, SLES, sulfates, phosphates, petroleum-based ingredients, animal by-products, dyes, chlorine, petrochemicals, ammonia, or caustics.
Natural product companies strive to create sustainable, eco-friendly cleaners, and animal testing goes against that goal. For this reason, as well as ethical and moral concerns, our entire line of products at Puracy is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, and we never test on animals. Many of our competitors in the natural cleaning space have also taken a stand against animal testing, and we applaud them for that.
According to the EPA, exposure to certain ingredients in everyday cleaning products can lead to skin irritation and other concerns. Some ingredients to watch out for on product labels include:
By contrast, natural products are made from plant-based minerals, vitamins, botanicals, and natural fragrances, like essential oils, that promote healthy living through naturally derived ingredients. Because Puracy products don't expose the skin to stringent chemicals, thousands of customers have happily reported an improvement in their skin health and a reduction or elimination in breakouts after using our products.
With purified water; vegetable-, coconut-, and plant-based cleansers; plant-based enzymes; plant-based softeners; biodegradable preservatives; mineral-based odor removers; and natural fragrances, our Natural Laundry Detergent is a perfect example of how ingredients matter, especially for sensitive skin. According to the National Eczema Association, perfumes, dyes, and detergents often cause skin reactions. They recommend products free of dyes and fragrances and that are hypoallergenic and formulated for sensitive skin, like ours.
The EPA recommends minimizing your exposure to potentially harmful chemical-filled cleaners that contain carcinogens, reproductive toxicants, ozone-depleting compounds, and regulated hazardous materials.
Natural products typically do not include ingredients that can be corrosive or irritating to the skin, human senses, or environment. They utilize plant power, like vegetable-based cleansers, to clean homes effectively while keeping questionable chemicals far away.
Instead of buying a bunch of different products to clean your kitchen, bathroom, toilets, showers, sinks, glass, and so on, many natural cleaning products (including DIY cleaning products made from simple household ingredients, like lemon, water, or vinegar) can be used for multiple uses.
Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner is a great example, as it can clean chrome, counters, electronics, floors, furniture, sinks, glass, and any other non-porous surface. And to help reduce plastic waste, we also offer a concentrated version of our multi-surface-cleaner. Meanwhile, many of our other products also use less packaging, meaning you get more use out of one bottle. Our laundry detergent is the most concentrated on the market and does 96 loads with a tiny 24-ounce bottle.
All of the harsh chemicals (including formaldehyde, chlorine bleach, SLS, glutaraldehyde, carcinogens, reproductive toxicants, ozone-depleting compounds, and regulated hazardous materials) we've walked through that can be found in traditional cleaning products aren't things you want your little ones or furry friends to be around.
You'll feel peace of mind of using plant- and mineral-derived formulas that aren't dangerous to the health of kids or animals. Using our eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, and non-toxic Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner, made from water and plants, is one way to use a cleaner product to clean your home and feel good using it around your family.
To learn more about the natural ingredients and gentle, yet potent, cleaning power of plant-based cleaning products, head to Puracy.com. Our team of Ph.D. chemists designs all Puracy products to be free of potentially harmful ingredients like SLS, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, parabens, and more. To experience clean the natural and safe way, give our line of green home cleaning products a try.