did you know?
Many ingredients in common cleaning products we've grown to trust are harmful to our health. As consumers, why would we want such products around us, our families, or our pets? The problem is that most consumers are not aware of the hidden dangers these popular cleaning products present to our health. Nor are they aware how pervasive these health threats are.
The Ugly Truth of "Toxics In, Toxics Out"
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My cleaning product claims 99% natural. What impact does the 1% have on the health and well-being of my family?
Many harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde pose a health risk at 20 parts per billion. Though 1% of 100% is a relatively small number, the impact of the active agents truly define if the 1% poses a health risk or not. In the case of formaldehyde, 1/2% poses a health risk.
Can the cleaning supplies used in my childrens' schools expose them to dangerous chemicals?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted a study that found that 457 different chemicals were released into the air by an assortment of cleaning products. In one specific example, the study found that the Comet Disinfectant Powder Cleanser, commonly used in schools and homes, released more than 100 air contaminants when used as directed. One potential reason for this exposure to children in schools is believed to be from lax labeling requirements that prevent schools from closely evaluating products. Read the full report here.
Did you know that the fragrances of most cleaning products contain ingredients which may actually be harmful to our health?
One in five people experiences health problems when exposed to fragrances, whether in perfumes, air fresheners, or other household consumables. Most fragrance chemicals in these products are respiratory irritants that trigger and compound asthma, allergies, sinus problems, or worse. The ingredients in several top household brands of air fresheners include certain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), such as propane, butane, ethanol, and phthalates, known to cause adverse health problems. Fortunately, Bio Green Crystals are the most environmentally friendly and family safe products available.
What are some common ingredients found in household cleaning products that may harm my children?
- Ammonia: Found in glass cleaners and floor/bathroom cleaners. It is poisonous when swallowed, and is a respiratory and skin irritant.
- Chlorine Bleach: Found in many surface cleaners or by itself. It is very irritating to the eyes and skin, and is an environmental hazard.
- 1,4-dioxane: Found in dish washing and other household cleaners. It has been found to be a cancer causing ingredient.
- Formaldehyde: Found in a variety of cleaners. It is a known cancer causing agent.
Did you know that green cleaning reduces risk for allergy and asthma sufferers?
Indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside. In some cases, indoor air can be up to 50 times more polluted. Levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which can cause eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and possible memory impairments, can be ten to thousands of times higher inside than out. Most cleaning products actually creates more pollutants in the environment as they clean your home. Cleaners are only effective if the source of the pollution is removed. Green cleaning products are the answer to being truly clean.
Did you know that Bio Green Crystals help everyone who transports, warehouses, stocks, ships, sells, and uses their cleaning products reduce their environmental impact and carbon footprint?
It's true. From the packaging to the biodegradable sachets and everything else in between, the carbon footprint of our Bio Green Crystals when compared to a comparable cleaning product is 11 lbs to 1,700 lbs! Our product users are not only being green in their homes or offices, they are being environmentally responsible to our world.
How can consumers make healthier choices for their homes and families?
The safest course of action a consumer can take is to inform him or herself. Here are some suggestions:
- Read product labels. Don't use products with a signal word stronger than "Caution."
- Research the chemicals listed on the product labels through the Household Products Database, the Cosmetics Database, Toxnet, and Scorecard.
- Avoid products with fragrances. A clean home should smell like nothing at all.
- Use homemade cleaning solutions made from good, old-fashioned common ingredients such as baking soda, washing soda, lemon juice, and borax.
- Find and purchase cleaning solutions that bear the DfE logo. Design for the Environment certifies cleaning products to be effective at cleaning yet safe for human health and the environment.
- Interview cleaning services and hire one that is Green Clean Certified.