Benefits of Using Natural Cleaning Products

At Sun & Earth we’re passionate about the health of the planet, our customers, their children, and even their pets.  That’s why all of our products are created to be safer than the leading products made with harsh chemicals.  The dangers associated with chemical cleaners are too risky to ignore so we developed products you can use around the whole family.

We looked online for information to share with you regarding these chemical cleaners and we found a lot of great articles. Here is some of the information we found.

There are many health problems that can arise from using cleaners with harsh chemicals, especially for children and babies.  Their developing bodies and immune systems are far more sensitive than an adult.  Teens and adults with sensitive skin are also more likely to have a reaction. Some of the potential problems that can arise are:

  • Airway irritation – powerful fumes from household cleaners can irritate lungs and airways, making allergy or asthma symptoms worse. Some cleaning chemicals in schools have been linked with higher rates of asthma
  • Eye irritation – household cleaners can also irritate eyes, causing redness and watering. If the chemicals come in direct contact with eyes more serious damage can occur
  • Eczema – irritants and allergens in household cleaners can cause skin irritation
  • Allergies – some researchers believe that having a home that’s too clean or sterile can increase long-term risks of allergies in a child. Without some exposure to germs a child’s immune system might not develop normally. Instead, it becomes hypersensitive and begins to overreact to harmless allergens, like pollen or dander.
  • Poisoning – according to statistics released by Poison Control Centers, every year more than a million kids under age 5 swallow poisons like household cleaners, sometimes with devastating effects.

In addition to these hazards there are also unknown health effects that could arise. Some household cleaners have fragrances that contain chemicals like phthalates. While we don’t know what their health effects are for sure, some studies have found a possible connection between phthalates and disrupted hormone levels, some types of cancer, and birth defects.

Many people are surprised to learn that safety testing for a lot of the chemicals we use every day is not a federal requirement. Sadly, we don’t really know what they might be doing to our bodies. To be cautious, many people try to reduce their use of household cleaners that contain harsh chemicals.

To avoid these risks look for products that are better for the environment and less caustic. Look for phrases like ‘green’ and ‘non-toxic’ on any cleaning products you use. ‘Petroleum-free,’ ‘biodegradable,’ ‘VOC-free,’ and ‘phosphate-free,’ all point to safer products. Sun & Earth makes products that are much safer to use because they don’t contain the harsh chemicals that should be avoided. 

Our entire product line keeps these risks in mind. None of our cleaning products put your family at risk for developing illnesses associated with harsh chemical cleaners. In addition to the products your family uses there are safer cleaning methods than those you may have learned.

Tips for Family-Safe Cleaning

There are lots of good ways to practice family-safe cleaning.  Keeping your family in good health and your home clean doesn’t mean you need to constantly scour every surface. Here are a few tips:

  • Skip antibacterial soap – plain old soap and water remove germs just as well as anti-bacterial soaps, without the harsh chemicals. In the long run anti-bacterial may increase the risk of creating tougher, resistant bacteria.
  • Don’t use spray-on carpet cleaners – according to experts, chemical carpet cleaners contain a lot of ingredients that can become trapped in the fibers of the carpet. For family-safe cleaning, use a steam cleaner with water, and spot treat stains with non-toxic cleaners.
  • Make sure others understand your cleaning regimen – if you have a babysitter or cleaning service, make sure they understand your family-safe cleaning methods. Show them which products you use and when you use them.
  • Stop dirt from getting in the house – make sure you wipe your feet as you come in the house because this keeps the dirt on the welcome mat instead of on your carpet. Even better, take your shoes off when you come inside. This will keep floors clean and help you clean less often, saving energy in the process.
  • Open a window when you finish cleaning – studies have shown that the air pollution in our homes is worse than outside, mostly from our use of toxic cleaners. Even when using non-toxic cleaners, it’s a good idea to open the windows and get some fresh air in the room.

These tips for child-safe cleaning won’t leave your home smelling like a pine forest or a lemon grove. They won’t make your bathrooms as antiseptic as an operating room. But it could have real health benefits for your family, both now and in the future.