- 13 May 2020
Cleaning is important, but the truth is, the product you use can impact your home and your health
People are more conscious about cleaning right now and this has led to an increase in accidental exposures to household cleaners and disinfectants and a spike in calls to poisons hotlines.
Cleaning is important, but the truth is, it can impact your health negatively.
Here are 8 things to keep in mind when you’re cleaning your home that you might not have realised.
1. Cleaning products can impact your home’s air quality
Poor air quality is a leading contributor to the global disease burden.
Aerosols and spray cleaning products release VOCs and chemicals into the air where they linger making them easy to breathe in and cause respiratory problems and headaches.
Learn more about improving your home's indoor air quality.
2. Disinfecting won't work if you haven't cleaned first
We’re being advised to sanitise or disinfect our homes right now and doing so safely is important.
If you’re using bleach to sanitise or disinfect at home, make sure your efforts aren’t being wasted and clean the surface first.
3. You must not mix bleach with anything but water
Bleach, which can appear on ingredients lists as sodium hypochlorite, must not be mixed with any chemical other than water.
Mixing chemicals can create dangerous and potentially deadly gasses such as chlorine.
Chlorine gas when combined with moisture in the lungs, can create hydrochloric acid, which can cause severe lung damage.
If you’re disinfecting at home, cleaning without chemicals can help avoid this.
4. Fragrances can produce dangerous pollutants
We all want our homes to smell nice, however, even a single ‘fragrance’ listed on a product is a mixture of several dozen to several hundred ingredients.
When surveyed, two-thirds of Australias were unaware that fragranced products can emit hazardous air pollutants, and there are currently no Australian laws in place that require a cleaning product to disclose that it contains a fragrance.
Choosing natural products might seem like a better alternative, however, research shows that emissions from these products pose similar risks. Even natural fragrances, like citrus, can react with other chemicals to produce dangerous indoor pollutants.
5. You're paying for products that literally go down the drain
Makers of chemicals love the cleaning product industry because they get to continually supply them with products that literally go down the drain.
We all need to clean, and if you choose to clean with chemicals you’re choosing disposable cleaning products that generate waste and need continual replacement.
6. Cleaning products don't have to disclose their ingredients
Unlike personal care products, cosmetics and food, cleaning products don’t have to provide a complete ingredients list on their label.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) only 7% of cleaning products adequately disclose their contents.
This makes it’s hard to know what products you’re bringing into your home and products you might accidentally be mixing.
7. Ingredients aren't always tested first
Only a small percentage of ingredients in cleaning products have been tested for safety.
There are over 40,000 chemicals available for use in everyday household items including cleaning products, laundry detergents, cosmetics and toiletries, and no mandatory testing before they can be sold in Australia.
8. You don't need chemicals to clean your home at all
Cleaning doesn't have to be complicated and it doesn't need to involve chemicals.
ENJO can keep every room in your home clean with just water and fibre technology.