Have you noticed that every time you clean your bathroom or kitchen, you almost always end up with a runny nose and a headache that lasts for hours? Why do you think that is? Well, we think your cleaning products are the culprits... and it may be time for you to switch to non-toxic home cleaning products.
Difference Between Toxic and Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Products
Conventional cleaning products are usually packed with harmful chemicals and other potentially hazardous ingredients that can contribute to the development of long-term illnesses like asthma (if inhaled) or poisoning (if ingested by accident.) These products can also leave severe irritation or even burns if they come in contact with skin or eyes.
Non-toxic home cleaning products, on the other hand, are typically safer for people’s health and even the environment as they tend to be free from abrasive and flammable ingredients, dyes, and fragrances. They are usually biodegradable, which means they won't pollute environments.
Keep in mind that non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products can still make people sick if ingested, so they should be stored with caution where children or pets cannot reach them. Other than that, they are completely safe to use on a daily basis to keep all spaces inside a home clean and disinfected from contaminants and allergens.
5 Benefits of Using Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Products
Just in case you need a bit more convincing to make the switch to non-toxic home cleaning products, here are some good reasons to do it:
1. Non-Toxic Home Cleanings Have No chemicals
The first reason is the most important: these products do not contain hazardous chemicals that could pose health risks to people, which means they can be applied liberally around children, pets, plants and even immunocompromised people.
2. Non-Toxic Home Cleanings Generate No Contamination
Unlike conventional cleaning products, which usually have volatile organic compounds (VOC) that could negatively impact the quality of indoor and outdoor air when sprayed and cause water pollution when disposed of; non-toxic home cleaning products are usually biodegradable, which is a big plus if you want to leave a more eco-friendly life.
3. Label with Active and Inactive Ingredients
Non-toxic home cleaning products have nothing to hide, which is why they are more likely to have all ingredients on their labels. Also, you will never see an excessive (but necessary) use of words like "Warning, flammable!" or "Toxic!" on these products because they are gentler and safer, without compromising on effectiveness.
4. Non-Toxic Home Cleanings are Fragrance and Dye-free
Most non-toxic home cleaning products have no fragrance or dyes that could potentially lead to irritation, redness, and skin rashes. They are truly non-toxic and hypoallergenic, which means that you can apply them to surfaces and objects without the use of PPE (personal protective equipment.)
5. Non-Toxic Home Cleaning is Safe for All
Non-toxic home cleaning products are a healthier and safer choice for every member of your family and even for your house plants. For all the reasons we have discussed in this article, these products are ideal if you have young children at home since being in contact with toxic fumes and harsh chemicals from a young age can make them susceptible to long-term health problems.
Best Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Products for 2022
At Disinfect & Fog, we carry a curated selection of non-toxic home cleaning products for you to choose from, depending on your needs, but we also appreciate other products that are all-natural, safe and effective:
ecoBryne Disinfectant - Organic and eco-friendly hospital-grade and ready to use disinfectant effective against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), norovirus, and poliovirus, E.Coli, MRSA, Listeria, and other germs. It also works against strong odours caused by garbage, chemicals, or other sources.
Vinegar - Vinegar is not recommended as a disinfectant, however, it is a good cleaner thanks to its acidity levels, ideal for breaking down everything from grime and dirt to dust and soap scum.
Ultra-Lyte Disinfectant - Non-toxic spray-on sanitizer and disinfectant with powerful antimicrobial properties. It is effective against pathogens such as the Human Coronavirus, Norovirus, E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and Influenza A (H1N1). Additionally, it can be used on food contact surfaces such as counters and tables.
Baking soda - This is a great cleaning agent that can dissolve dirt and grease in water with ease. The only thing to keep in mind is not to mix it with vinegar (as was commonly suggested) because the mixture could explode if placed in a closed container.
Vital Oxide Disinfectant - Biodegradable product that kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses and is included on the Canadian Government's list of disinfectants with evidence for use against COVID-19. The product can be used at home in high traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, pet areas and more.
Tea tree oil - This oil is not a cleaner per se, it is more of a great complement to any cleaner, making it more powerful and efficient. A few drops in a spray bottle filled with equal parts vinegar and water will be more than enough.
EnviroNize Anolyte Multi-Use Disinfectant - Non-toxic multifunctional product that provides deep disinfection due to its concentrated electro-chemically activated solution rich in oxygen and effective against MRSA, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Human Coronavirus (HCoV) 229E. It may also be used against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
How To Make Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Products
There are many recipes for simple yet effective cleaning products that are common knowledge. These are some of the most popular:
Laundry detergent: Combine 1/2 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of shredded soap, and a 1/2 cup of baking soda.
Glass cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 2 cups of warm water, and 1 tbsp of cornstarch in a spray bottle. This mixture can clean any glass surfaces, including mirrors and windows.
Drain cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into a clogged drain and follow this with 1 cup of vinegar (in this case, the chemical reaction is intentional). Let the solution work for a few minutes and then pour hot water down the drain.
We hope you found this information helpful to improve your family's health and general wellbeing. It is not too late to change to non-toxic home cleaning products and leave conventional cleaning products behind, so visit our Disinfectants section to learn more about the products we carry. Also, don't hesitate to leave us a comment below if you have any questions about this topic or any other.
Stay safe out there!