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What's in My Cleaning Products?

What's in My Cleaning Products?

We have a task for you. Open up the cabinet where you keep your cleaning supplies and take a look at the ingredients label. Besides (maybe) water, do you understand or know what those ingredients are? If you’re like 99% percent of people, the answer is no — but that’s not really a good thing.

In order to keep yourself safe from any harmful ingredients and their side effects, it’s important to know what is in your cleaning products.

Your Fragrance Products

Did you know that manufacturers aren’t required to disclose the specific ingredients in their fragrance products? Unfortunately, many fragrance ingredients in store-bought cleaning products are chock-full of chemicals that are harmful to your health and indoor air quality. Instead of choosing your typical sweet-smelling products, use non-scented or homemade cleaning products and add essential oils for your desired smell.

Your Antibacterial Products

Almost every household uses soap that is labeled as antibacterial, but these products often contain triclosan, a chemical that can actually cause you to become resistant to the bacteria and other antibiotics that help keep you safe from infection. It’s best to avoid using any products that claim to be antibacterial and choose soaps and sanitizers that do not contain triclosan.

Your Multipurpose Cleaners

You may love the streak-free shine your window cleaners leave, but many of these products contain 2-butoxyethanol, a harmful chemical that can cause respiratory issues and kidney and liver damage. You’re safer using white vinegar mixed with water, baking soda, and essential oils to clean your home.

For more tips on keeping your home’s air quality safe, keep up with our blog! And for help making sure your have great indoor air quality year-round, contact the experts at Gold Medal Service. We can provide you with a number of solutions to keep your air clean and your family breathing easy.