We have all seen the commercials, billboards, and thousands of advertisements all claiming the same thing. They are the best cleaning products. They have the best ingredients. And they give you more. We know the big brand names. We know what they do. We even have friends who swear by them.
With these brands you know exactly what to use to clean your windows, bathrooms, countertops, and floors. You even have that one product, that one trick that somehow seems to work on everything. You were even thinking of their names, weren’t you? You have such a great system. Why should you try something different? You don’t know anything about these other cleaners. You don’t have the time.
Why change something that’s already good?
Some of the most frequently asked questions in regards to a clean home are:
What does a clean home smell like?
Doesn’t the government regulate for hazardous chemicals in cleaners?
Should I use antibacterial cleansers to keep my family safe and healthy?
And many people would answer the previous questions accordingly:
A clean home smells like bleach, lemons, linen, etc.
There are regulations that must be met before products go out into the market. Plus manufacturers have to put the list of ingredients on the product.
And of course, antibacterial is the only way to go!
On average we believe that appealing smells must mean clean. That the government is regulating products before they enter the market. Even that using special products is the only way to eliminate germs. But these beliefs could actually be harmful to us and decrease our levels of cleanliness.
See below why you should think twice about the cleaning products you are using in your home!
Because clean is odorless, good cleaners don’t leave smells behind. Products that contain aromas such as lemon or other strong scents only cover up odors. They don’t remove the cause nor the toxic pollutants. And many products filled with fragrances contain harmful chemical cocktails. On ingredients labels, manufacturers don’t have to put the full list of chemicals that produce the scent. You might not actually know what you are spraying in your home. For the best results choose homemade cleaners, such as vinegar, and fragrance-free products over scented ones. The goal for a clean home is not to cover up the smell but rather get rid of the cause.
Most individuals assume that cleaning products fall under the many product regulation standards. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The government does not require product testing for cleaning products. Nor do manufacturers have to provide a list of ingredients. And product recalls are rare unless there is immediate harm done. The Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission doesn’t regulate chemicals in products entering the market. And any reports are voluntarily submitted from consumers. In short, cleaning products are not tested beforehand for consumer safety. And the possibility of removing these harmful substances is slim.
Every day more and more products claim to kill more germs, keep your home cleaner, and family healthier. Many products labeled “antibacterial” automatically make us believe that they are better. But antibacterial products don’t tell you that they kill off both good and bad bacteria cells. Which encourages the growth of antibacterial resistant “superbugs” that are more harmful to you and your family. The best way to keep your family healthy and home clean are to use ordinary cleaning supplies, and regular soap and water when washing hands. It’s simple habits that keep your home and family safe, not antibacterial and other special products.
These are only a taste of what your cleaning products aren’t telling you. Other concerns include environmental effects, misuse of products, and even more safety risks.
Next time you buy a cleaning product think twice about the effects they can have in your home! And check out some homemade solutions that are not only cheaper but also healthier for your home!