October 29, 2015
When it comes to household cleaning products, your first priority is probably, well, cleanliness – whatever it takes to get rid of the grime and make it shine. To many people, even the unpleasant odor chlorinated solutions leave behind is a sign of sterility, a job well done. But the residue of some of these chemicals can be even worse than the mess they were intended to clean in the first place. They can compromise not only your health, but the health of your children, too – even the environment on a local and global scale.
Studies show that the average American household contains up to 62 toxic chemicals for various uses. Among these hazardous additives are phthalates (in fragrance products), triclosan (in liquid dishwashing detergent), 2-Butoxyethanol (in multi-purpose cleaners) and even chlorine (in laundry whiteners and toilet bowl cleaners). Every time you use cleaning products that contain chemicals such as these, you run the risk of exposure through skin contact and inhalation of vapors. And these are just the chemicals that the EPA has approved – many of the chemicals used in this industry are unregulated, or are only just undergoing governmental scrutiny. Household cleaning products are also among the top 5 causes for childhood poisoning cases. Why keep poison in your house?
Even if you do not consider yourself or your loved ones at personal risk, these chemical agents can have profoundly negative impacts on the environment. The EPA has classified common chemicals such as phosphorus, nitrogen, and ammonia as “Volatile Organic Compounds” – the worst environmental hazards in household cleaners. When you clean your toilet, wash dishes, or do your laundry, you send these chemicals right back into the water system, and into rivers, streams, and lakes. What’s worse is that waste treatment processes do not remove those three chemicals, causing them to circulate and build up in the waterways.
At Euro Maids, we only use green cleaning products that meet strict standards for efficiency, efficacy, and low-environmental impact. Read more about our green practices.
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