by Ava Anderson
It’s that time of year – SPRING CLEANING! Today, we’re talking about a real top to bottom swipe over your entire home. But, before you pull out all those bright blue and green bottles of potent liquid, you may want to consider this.
Have you ever wondered why – when you unscrew the cap of your trusted cleaning product and take a whiff – your eyes water and your nose feels all tingly? This is because these cleaning products are typically solutions containing: ammonia, detergents, solvents and other chemicals that have been proven to be hormone disrupting, lung damaging and toxic to both humans and the environment. Many are poisonous when ingested and can be harmful to inhale or touch. And, if it contains a name such as spring meadow or summer rain you can bet your scrubby brush that it contains a synthetically fragranced cocktail loaded with dozens of unnamed chemicals. The US Government actually allows manufacturers to hide hundreds of known toxic chemicals in this one ‘trade secret’ ingredient: fragrance. I dunno about you, but I think that stinks!
Spring cleaning: WHAT TO AVOID
Avoid any products that contain:
- chlorine bleach
- sudsing agents – diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) that can form carcinogenic nitrosamines
- ethoxylated alcohols that carry carcinogenic contamination concerns of 1,4-dioxane,
- ethylene glycol
- alkylphenol ethoxylates (APE’s) which are suspected endocrine/hormone disruptors
LET’S FOLLOW THE SUDS DOWN THE DRAIN
When all of these chemicals that are harmful to you and your family make their way down the drain, they end up in the local wastewater plants (which are designed to remove bacteria, not toxic chemicals) and are eventually returned to our water supply. Hang on to your rubber gloves! I bet you did not know that the “toxic sludge” that is left behind is then sold as “natural fertilizer” to local farmers. Oh. Em. Gee!
LOOKING FOR A GREENER CLEANER?
We hope you will turn over a new green leaf in 2013, and toss your traditional, chemical-laden cleaning products (to your nearest household hazardous waste drop-off, of course) and check out my avaHOME collection. Earth Day is April 22nd – what better time to switch to green cleaning products? We offer safe and highly effective Glass & All Purpose Cleaner, Hard Surface & Bathroom Cleaner, Laundry Detergent Pods, Dishwasher Detergent Pods, concentrated Dish Soap and ‘Green & Clean’ Microfiber Cloths to eliminate paper towel waste. As always, our products contain no synthetic dyes or fragrance, no chlorine or phosphates, no optic brighteners, no triclosan, no SLS or PEG’s, no petrochemicals, and of course we never test on animals.
avaHOME is just as tough on dirt as conventional cleaners and will leave your home sparkling brighter than ever before; sans any VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) to breathe in or ingest. Check out all of AVA’s lines of home and personal care products HERE.