Over the years, we have gone from DIY homemade cleaning solutions to mass marketed consumer cleaning products which promise to cut through grime and bring your whites back to their original vibrancy. The marketing campaigns always sound alluring and we’ve learnt to trust in brands. We assume that they would tell us if their products were harmful.
Sadly, most of these products came into existence with limited testing. Perhaps it was safe on your clothes but no one bothered to test what happens when it goes into your water or you are exposed over long periods of time. Unfortunately, the stats are in and there is mounting evidence to prove just how harmful these products can be on our health and our environment.
Chemicals to Avoid
Chlorine – Found in numerous cleaning products, used for pools and dumped into many water supplies, studies suggest that chlorine exposure is linked with an increased risk of heart disease, allergic reactions and miscarriages, as well as increased rates of bladder, colon and rectal cancers.
Ammonia – Found in all-purpose cleaners, antibacterial cleaners, window cleaners and furniture polish. Ammonia can irritate eyes and lungs, cause burns or rashes and, if mixed with chlorine products, it can cause deadly chloramine gas; exposure to which could be fatal.
Pesticides and fertilisers – A high amount of common pesticides used for gardening are known carcinogens; meaning they cause Cancer.
Cationic and Anionic solutions – Found in laundry detergent and washing liquid, if accidentally ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, shock, convulsions or most severely coma.
These are some of the most common; however, this list doesn’t even scratch the surface. If you must buy consumer brand cleaning products, look for natural products and read the label to ensure ALL products are natural and not harmful to you or the environment.
DIY Natural Alternatives
The general rule should be, if you couldn’t safely eat it then don’t put it on your skin or in your atmosphere. These chemicals cause significant damage over time to your body and to the environment, and flushing them into waterways kills plant life and harms animals, as well as you.
Just about everything can be cleaned with just a few simple natural ingredients – mix these together and you have an all purpose cleaning solution.
- Baking Soda
If you struggle to live without the scents that these harmful chemicals come with, mix in some essential oils to create your signature cleaning solution.
About Garden Master
Garden Master is committed to helping the environment through waste water management solutions and water recycling. We provide septic system installations and septic tank services as well as waste water treatment across the Hunter Valley,Central Coast and Sydney.
Get in touch with the team for a free quote on our aerated septic system to help you recycle waste water and do your part to save the environment. You can contact the team on 1800 480 322 or submit an enquiry online.