There are many reasons as to why you should ‘clean green’ the main one being the potential health hazard associated with conventional cleaning products. Is it really worth the risk when the latest information shows exposure over time is linked to asthma, eczema, hormone disruption and reproductive toxicity.
The latest product under scrutiny is bleach, a 30-year study done by Harvard University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research has found that nurses who used bleach and ammonium based disinfectants just once a week increased their chance of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder by up to 32%, COPD can be fatal and affects over 1.2 million people in the UK.
To make an informed decision around cleaning products you need to find out what’s in them, of course, if you use Wendyl’s you can be assured that we do not use any synthetically derived ingredients, fragrances or harmful chemicals, we also provide in depth information of each product and the base ingredients on our site.
Here’s what to avoid when purchasing standard cleaning products
2-butoxyethanol (or ethylene glycol monobutyl ether) and other glycol ethers, commonly found in window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners.
Quaternary ammonium compounds or QUATS (look out for these: alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride (ADBAC), benzalkonium chloride, and didecyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride) Can be found in fabric softener liquids and sheets, most household cleaners labeled “antibacterial.”
Chlorine Often found in scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, household tap water.
Ammonia Is very strong smelling and found in polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewellery; and can also be in glass cleaner.
Phthalates These are very common, can be found in many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper. Because of proprietary laws, companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates on a label. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present.
Triclosan Is found in most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps labeled “antibacterial.
Perchloroethylene or “PERC” Can be found in dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, and carpet and upholstery cleaners.
Dye (companies often hide chemical information behind this word; when it’s unknown, so safer to skip it)
For more in depth information check out this article from experiencelife.com
Here’s list of the base ingredients you’ll need to make your own products
Baking Soda, White Vinegar, Soda Ash, Borax, Oxy-Bleach, Castile Soap, Citric Acid, Cream Of Tartare and Essential Oils
To purchase our book Recipes For A Cleaner Life with all the recipes you’ll need to make the change click here
Or you can buy ready made Wendyl’s 100% natural products