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Real Reasons to Switch to Eco-Friendly Cleaning & Laundry Products

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As children, many of us were exposed to marketing jingles and colorful product labeling that may have unconsciously shaped our buying choices when we became adults. Nostalgically, we find ourselves staying true to some brands we knew in our childhood without questioning whether these products really align with our current values. Many of these product formulas were created before we became aware of how some of the ingredients affect our health and the environment.  

Old Reliable, But Risky Ingredients

Many traditional multi-purpose cleaners, dishwashing detergents and laundry products rely on harmful chemicals to provide a good cleaning experience. Many of these chemicals can create health risks to people, animals and aquatic life during exposure, or even years later, through the air, soil and ground water. To protect yourself and your family, learn to read the labels on cleaning products. Start by steering away from products that contain any of the following ingredients.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, commonly referred to as VOCs, are typically found in spray and aerosol products, such as room fresheners, disinfectants, paints and cleaning compounds that come in spray or aerosol form. With the potential to linger in the air even after the mist dissipates, people and pets are at risk of inhaling chemicals that have been associated with kidney, liver and central nervous system disorders. Symptoms of exposure include irritation to the nose, eyes or throat, as well as headaches and coordination issues, and can build up over time.

Phthalates

Phthalates are used in hundreds of applications ranging from detergents and insecticides to usage by plastic and vinyl manufacturers. Food packaging often contains these chemicals, to increase its flexibility. Phthalates are thought to be a carcinogen, as well as a cause of reproductive issues, particularly in men.

Triclosan

Once a popular ingredient in antibacterial wipes, gels, soaps and other compounds, triclosan has been removed from some products due to questions about possible links to endocrine disruption and antibiotic resistance in humans, but can still be found in other products. With more studies in progress, avoiding this chemical is advised.

2-Butoxyehtanol

One of a group of glycol ethers, 2-butoxyehtanol is a common ingredient in solvents, cleaning compounds, liquid soap, and other products. High-level exposure is known to cause serious health problems including liver and kidney damage and pulmonary edema, while cumulative exposure can result in neurological issues and blood related conditions, like anemia.

If you have been using traditional cleaning compounds that contain these or other harmful ingredients, learn to read labels and avoid purchasing any that are known or thought to cause health issues. Instead, opt to purchase environmentally friendly products or consider learning to use safe natural ingredients, such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice, as an effective, safe alternative to manufactured cleaning compounds.

To help remove harmful residues in your home from years of using traditional products, call Mopfrog of Lunenburg, an eco-friendly cleaning company. Their cleaning experts are specially trained to clean your entire home using only natural ingredients and environmentally friendly tools and methods. For a naturally clean, healthy home, call Mopfrog today!

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Feeling Good About Shopping for “Green” Cleaners? You May Not Have All the Information

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Manufacturer’s understand the power of green. In fact, according to a recent marketing research report, an estimated $600 million dollars of green cleaning products were sold last year, including both household cleaning products and laundry aids. Continued consumer interest combined with numbers like this leave no doubt that going green is an excellent marketing strategy. But this is not all good news.

The Underlying Problem with Green Marketing

While this focus by manufacturers on green marketing can be helpful in increasing awareness of environmental issues, it leaves out an important fact. Although many people do not realize it, there is very little actual regulation in place to make sure that cleaning products marketed as green are as environmentally safe as consumers are led to believe.

Confusing Terminology

The green marketing craze has resulted in several terms that are often used loosely in advertising, with no uniform definition of what the term means and to what degree. In other words, manufactures can use terms like “non-toxic”, “natural” and “organic” pretty much as they wish, usually without having to prove the authenticity of their claims.

Learning the Language of the Labels

Consumers who want to ensure that the “green” products they choose are really safer for human health and the environment should take some time to learn to decode the labels and look for seemingly harmless wording that manufacturers use, such as:

  • Optical brighteners – a laundry brightening aid, optical brighteners are actually chemicals, like triazine-stilbenes, that coat your clothing during the wash and can cause skin irritation.
  • Active ingredients – this term usually indicates that antimicrobial pesticides are added to kill viruses, mold, and bacteria during the cleaning process.
  • Biodegradable – although this is an indication that the cleaning product’s formula does biodegrade, the resulting chemicals and substances that result from the biodegrading process can damage the environment for years before being rendered harmless.

There are many more examples of terminology commonly used in marketing that is evasive, if not downright deceptive. To avoid harming your health and the planet, look for products that are certified by reputable third party organizations, such as EcoLogo, Green Seal™ and the EPA’s Safer Choice Label.

All Mopfrog franchises, like Mopfrog of Lunenburg, are committed to providing the highest standard of service. In order to maximize cleanliness and safeguard human health and the planet, we utilize certified eco-friendly cleaning products versus traditional, chemically intensive methods.

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