- Home Cleaning
We’re halfway through the week on this glorious hump day, and hopefully you’ve managed to make it through relatively unscathed so far. It’s been a busy one here on the ol’ Mop Up Your Mess home front. Lots of new and exciting things are coming down the pike, so stay tuned for all that later on this summer.
For now we wanted to touch on something that’s been weighing heavily on our minds. As a cleaning company, we’re committed to making your home or business shine, but we’re also committed to the health and safety of not only our employees, but our clients as well. That’s why we only use all natural ingredients in our cleaning products.
Now, you might not think those household cleaners you use are that hazardous, but truth be told they’re loaded with chemicals that at first glance might not seem like such a big deal, but if you dig a little deeper you’ll find out that those seemingly benign ingredients can cause big problems for you and your family.
Here are just five of those toxins, and their harmful effects.
Boy, that’s a mouthful, right? Found in most kitchen, window, and multipurpose cleaners, 2-Butoxyethanol gives a lot of cleaners their “sweet” smell, and it takes no prisoners. Not only can it cause a sore throat when inhaled, at increased levels it acts as a contributor to narcosis, pulmonary edema, as well as severe kidney and liver damage.
There are standards in place for this chemical being used in the workplace, but if you’re cleaning at home in an unventilated area, you might actually end up with higher levels of 2-Butoxyethanol in the air than is found in most work areas, and that’s not good for anybody.
A compound of hydrogen and nitrogen, ammonia is found in many glass cleaners because of its streak-free properties. It can also be found in polishing cleaners, the kind you might use on your bathroom sink, or jewelry.
Long-term exposure to ammonia can result in asthma and chronic bronchitis, and while you might not think a little of it can cause a lot of harm, keep in mind that when cleaning your mirrors or windows, you’re almost always inhaling ammonia, and it’s not something that waits around to go to work. Sore throat, watery eyes, and breathing problems can be triggered with just minimal exposure.
Oh, and when mixed with bleach it can create a poisonous gas. Is that something you really want to be inhaling? We didn’t think so.
3. Sodium Hydroxide
This is a nasty chemical that can mainly be found in oven cleaners, and products you use to unclog your drains. You may know it by its other name: lye.
Upon contact with your skin or eyes, it can cause severe burns that eat through your flesh. Nasty, right? Not only that, but when it’s inhaled, sodium hydroxide can give you a painful sore throat that lasts for days. The kind of sore throat that no lozenge or cough syrup can fix. Double nasty!
Known as endocrine (hormone) disruptors, phthalates are found in fragrant dish soaps, air fresheners, and even toilet paper. There’s no law requiring it to be on the label, but if you notice the word fragrance in the ingredients list, chances are that’s phthalates.
What’s the big deal? Well, as a hormone disruptor, men who have increased levels of phthalate compounds in their blood have been known to have a reduced sperm count, which can cause all kinds of problems if you’re trying to have a family. As a chemical we’re mainly exposed to it through inhalation, but it can also get into our system through skin contact with products such as scented soaps, and because our skin has so barriers against toxins, any exposure is bad exposure, no matter how little.
Think those soaps labeled antibacterial are good for you? Think again! Triclosan is found in any number of hand soaps and liquid detergents that have the antibacterial label on them.
Basically what that means is the more you use them, the more they encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, meaning over time your body will pretty much render any antibacterial properties useless, as well as build up a resistance to antibiotics that you might need to take when you’re actually sick and have to go to the doctor.
There is absolutely zero evidence that triclosan provides any benefit to your health over using products that do not include antibacterial on the label, but there is mounting evidence that, like phthalates above, it can act as a hormone disruptor.
Think about it. Those are just FIVE ingredients that are found in everyday cleaners that can cause you short-term, and long-term health problems. Products that you might use everyday, or once a week. Products that are found under your sink, where your kids and pets can get to them.
How bad is that?
It’s time to ditch those chemicals in favor of all natural cleaners that are not only safer for your family, but safer for the environment as well.
Here at Mop Up Your Mess you’ll never find harsh chemicals in anything we use, because out products contain nothing but the best for you and yours. Made from all natural ingredients, you can rest assure that when you hire us to clean your home or business, you’ll never be exposed to those sorts of toxins when we’re through with making your place shine!