Why go natural: cleaning products

The household cleaning facts

If there’s one environment that you and your family is in contact with more than any other, it’s your home. From the counters to the floors to the clothes fresh off the line, they touch those surfaces with their precious skin. So it’s essential that every product you use to clean and wash with is completely natural and free of harmful chemicals.

The ugly truth is that many conventional household products contain a range of chemicals that can easily be inhaled or ingested by a baby that is always touching and tasting surface after surface. Sadly, the Australian government does not require every ingredient to be listed on product containers — even the most hazardous ones — making it even more of a mystery for those of us trying to create a toxin-free environment for our loved ones.

The most harmful ingredients include:

Phthalates. Found in the plastic containers of almost every product—air fresheners, dish soaps, detergents, adhesives, food packaging, dummies, teethers, plastic wrap, and even toilet paper wrapping, phthalates are chemicals that increase flexibility of plastic. They are continually released through rubbing or touch and can be inhaled or ingested. Studies suggest that these chemicals mimic hormones and can cause developmental disorders like ADHD and reproductive toxicity.

Triclosan. Found in many conventional products with “antibacterial” on the label, Triclosan is an aggressive antibacterial agent that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. That means overusing antibacterial gels and washes can actually make us sicker not healthier. In fact, studies have shown that people with chronic illness who use antibacterial or antibiotic soaps actually get even more ill. Some bacteria is a good thing, especially for a baby’s budding immune system.

Ammonia. Found in polishing agents, glass cleaner, and more, ammonia is the chemical that prevents streaks from forming on shiny surfaces. It’s a powerful irritant that has been known to trigger asthma, lung issues, and breathing problems.

Chlorine. Found in toilet cleaners, mildew removers, and laundry whiteners, chlorine is what gives everything that bleached white look. However, indirect or direct inhalation has been linked to respiratory issues and thyroid hormone disruption.

Quarternary Ammonium Compounds “Quats”. Found in fabric softener liquid and sheets as well as most household cleaners with “antibacterial” on the label, Quats are also a type of antimicrobial that has been linked to the skin condition dermatitis and respiratory issues like asthma.

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Found in many of the household items and products we use every day, VOCs are gasses emitted while those products are in use. This includes household cleaners, disinfectants, paints and varnishes, dry-cleaned clothes, spot removers, air fresheners, mothballs, upholstered furniture and carpets, perfumes, nail polish remover, and hairsprays. Exposure can lead to light-headedness, dizziness, nausea, eye and respiratory irritation, as well as damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system.

Helping you clean totally toxin-free

While this list doesn’t include every toxin or chemical found in conventional products, the good news is that we can help you avoid them altogether. The natural cleaning products you’ll find in Earth Collective’s Approved Product Directory are all completely toxin-free and made of natural cleansers, essential oils, and more so that you can rest assured nothing is being inhaled, ingested, or absorbed by your little one.

From loading the washer to clearing the dirt off your counters to laying fresh sheets in the cot, you can rest easy knowing that every spray of multi-purpose cleaner, splash of floor soap, and drop of detergent are made of the good stuff and completely toxin-free. Their collection includes surface cleaners, laundry detergent, dish soap, and more to keep your home and your family healthy.

The impact on planet Earth

The remnants of conventional household products like laundry detergent, dishwasher liquid, surface cleaners, and more are being washed down the drain and into our sanitation systems. It is unknown how many of these chemicals are polluting our water and streams. Therefore, choosing products that are both safe for your baby and for the environment is always best.

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Blair Badenhop

Blair is a wellness copywriter and the host of the Brand Yourself podcast. She’s passionate about living a healthy and conscious lifestyle - taking care of her body, mind and heart; practicing kindness and compassion; and being mindful of her impact on people’s lives and the planet.

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