Organic cleaners are those that are made up of biodegra […]
Organic cleaners are those that are made up of biodegradable or natural compounds, such as baking soda or plant oils. These cleaners are still effective at cleaning up your messes, and they have the added bonus of not building up cumulative toxins in your home. The ingredients or their derivatives are listed clearly on the product labels instead of complicated chemical names that you are unlikely to recognize anyway. Organic cleaners also help the big picture by not flushing toxins and chemicals down our drains, improving the overall quality of water in our area.
Organic cleaning products are not as cheap as chemical cleaners for a variety of reasons. They are in less demand than chemical cleaning products, meaning they have to work harder to keep their products in the market. More often than not, the manufacturers of Household Cleaners will even use containers and packaging that is biodegradable. At the risk of overstating the importance of the health hazards, organic cleaning compounds do not present a risk to the health of you, your family, or the environment. You cannot go wrong using them to clean your house while maintaining your good health. That is the most important difference one can cite.
Here is a short list of some common chemicals that are found in ordinary cleaners but NOT in organic cleaners.
- Phosphates, used in many types of dishwasher and laundry detergent, are dangerous to humans and fish when they are flushed back to the water supply.
- Formaldehyde, often found in furniture polishes has the potential to cause cancer in humans.
- Chlorine bleach, sold as a stand alone product or as an ingredient in others, binds with other compounds that are very slow to biodegrade in the environment.