Natural Alternatives to Toxic Home Cleaning Products
Replace your Toxic Home Cleaners with Eco-Friendly Alternatives
From clean floors and windows, to clean toilets and tubs, who doesn’t want a sparkling home?
Just take a moment and walk down the cleaning aisle the next time you’re at the grocery store. So many products to choose from is a testament to how much we care about having a spotless home. But at what cost?
Go ahead and pull one of those name-brand products off the shelf. Or grab one from underneath your kitchen sink. Take a look at the label, and if you’re not shocked, there’s something wrong with you.
There’s a reason the most popular brands of cleaning products come with warning labels on them: They’re filled with toxins and poisons, such as chlorine bleach, ammonia, formaldehyde, and phthalates, that can cause serious harm or injury to you and your family should you get any on your skin or breathe in the fumes.
The warning labels on most of these products recommend putting on rubber gloves, safety goggles, and breathing masks before using them. Not only that, but the chemicals inside some of the most popular products wreak havoc on the environment, polluting waterways and choking out life.
And we use this stuff on our countertops?!
Fortunately there’s a company that cares more about the health of our loved ones and Mother Nature than using cheap, harmful substances to turn a profit. Melaleuca makes cleaning products powered by natural, biodegradable ingredients that clean even more effectively without damaging the environment. Because Melaleuca’s cleaning products are void of harmful chemicals, they don’t even require safety caps.
Let’s take a look at four of the most popular cleaning products on the market today. After showing you what’s in them, we’ll show you the Melaleuca alternatives that works just as well, if not better, and what’s in them.
Formula 409 All-Purpose Cleaner, a product of the Clorox Company, is one of the most recognizable multi-surface cleaners on the market. It contains alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride and ethanolamine, which are not only corrosive but can also cause respiratory and nerve problems. The front and back of the bottle is plastered with labels warning you not to get any of the product on your skin or in your eyes.
Natural Alternative: Tough & Tender all-purpose cleaner. Tough & Tender contains no chlorine, ammonia, or harsh fumes. Instead, it contains 100% biodegradable ingredients and is powered by plant-derived cleaning agents including palm and coconut, as well as all-natural Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil).
Lysol Disinfectant Spray is advertised as killing 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. People use it on dozens of surfaces all over the home, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. It contains ethanolamine, mipa-borate, and ammonium hydroxide, all of which are of moderate to high concern when it comes to skin, respiratory, or vision damage.
Natural Alternative: Sol-U-Guard Botanical. Sol-U-Guard kills 99.9% of household germs, but it does so using the ingredients thyme oil and citric acid (from lemons). It does not contain caustic chlorine bleach or quats. As a result, it is an EPA-approved botanical disinfectant.
Lime-A-Way has made a name for being one of the most popular and powerful limescale and soap scum removers. However, it uses harmful, volatile, corrosive sulfamic acid to do the job. Simply spraying Lime-A-Way in your shower creates a harmful mist that should not be inhaled. The warning label tells you not to breathe the fumes, not to expose your skin or eyes to it, and to use it in a well-ventilated area.
Natural Alternative: Tub & Tile. Tub & Tile melts away hard water deposits and soap scum the way you would expect a bathroom product to work, but it doesn’t resort to a deadly chemical force to do so. It harnesses the natural cleaning power of lemons (citric acid) and plant-derived glycolic acid. It gets the job done with no abrasives and minimal scrubbing.
Windex glass cleaner has been synonymous with streak-free mirrors and windows for decades. It contains ammonia and alcohol, both of which can make you sick. Anyone else get nauseated after smelling this stuff? There’s a moderate concern for asthma and other respiratory issues, and it also is damaging to the environment.
Natural Alternative: Clear Power. As streak-free as Windex, Clear Power has a very pleasant smell. That’s because it doesn’t contain any ammonia or other toxic chemicals. It contains 100% biodegradable ingredients and is powered by palm- and coconut-derived cleansing agents.
And here’s another benefit to these Melaleuca cleaners: They are all super concentrated. Melaleuca believes that adding fillers to cleaning products is a waste of resources and customers’ money. Larger bottles not only waste plastic, but water is heavy and costly to ship from the manufacturers to the stores.
Melaleuca’s small, bottles contain only the essentials. You add the water at home, saving money and reducing your impact on the environment.