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Don’t Wipe the Grime with a Crime: Green your Cleaning Products for Spring Cleaning!

May 25, 2017

Klerifying Fact: Lysol was once advertised as birth control!

 

While they’re not recommended as a family planning method anymore, Americans buy over $1 billion worth of household all-purpose cleaning sprays annually. Willingly spending so much money on products that are toxic in your house and where they’re manufactured is quite a feat! Oh, and we haven’t mentioned the whole environmental impact. There’s a lot to consider when buying a green cleaner, so don’t wipe the grime with a crime.

 

Klerify will help you buy green cleaners with quick insights on:

  1. The ingredient toxicity,

  2. Ingredients sourcing,

  3. The type of bottle.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Spray Away Your Chances of Having Kids!

 

Many common household cleaners contain fun compounds like phenol (like bisphenol a). That stuff is fun to say but not to ingest or breathe. It can prevent pregnancy. Other chemicals cause different health issues like asthma, skin problems, and cancer. Just little problems, like breathing and living. When you use these chemicals, they don't just impact your and your family's health - they can get into the environment, too.

 

Won’t the government protect me from toxics?

 

Sadly, no. A new law passed in 2016 requires testing of all chemicals for their potential to harm humans, the EPA will need funding to test the chemicals. Prior to the new law, only 200 of 85,000 chemicals had been tested. You wouldn’t put an unknown substance in your cocktail, why spray it on your counter?

 

Is Your Clean Cutting the Forest?

 

A lot of “green” brands rely on plant based oils to clean the grime. Those oils can come from oil palm and soybean plantations. Too often they are grown by clearing forests. So, it’s important to make sure that your cleaner’s ingredients are sustainably sourced.

 

Don’t Bottle Up the Green!

 

As you’ve noticed, your cleaners are in plastic bottles. Most plastic is made from fossil fuels like petroleum and natural gas which are the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as leading water pollutants. On top of that, too much plastic ends up in the ocean thereby harming whales, fish and other creatures. It’s important to buy cleaners in post-consumer recycled bottles and bottles made from bioplastics to reduce pollution!

 

 

 

                        (This is a Greenpeace exhibit of ocean plastic!)

 

Greener Cleaners!

 

Buy sustainably produced, non-toxic cleaners:

 

😃  Green Brands (even the ingredients are certified sustainable):

 

  • Seventh Generation

  • Greenshield Organic

 

😐  Yellow Brands (non-toxic, recycled bottles, but don’t buy certified ingredients):

  • Method

 

😡 Red Brands:

  • Lysol

  • Clorox

  • Fantastik

 

Find out about the relative toxicity and health issues of your cleaner here:

  • http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

 

We did not make this up!

  • http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/green-household-cleaning-products-in-the-us-3rd-edition-300082070.html

  • https://www.statista.com/statistics/283550/us-household-cleaner-sales/

  • http://methodhome.com/beyond-the-bottle/ocean-plastic/

  • https://www.seventhgeneration.com/green-cleaning

  • https://www.greenshieldorganic.com/blogs/greenology-products-blog/16568028-sugar-cane-how-sweet-it-is

  • https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-toxic-chemical-law-can-improve-safety-and-the-environment/

  • http://www.ucsusa.org/center-science-and-democracy/fighting-misinformation/american-chemistry-council-report#.WSXyfxPysdV

  • https://www.ecowatch.com/federal-toxics-law-still-protecting-the-chemical-industrys-dirty-secre-1891129356.html

  • https://www.ecowatch.com/federal-toxics-law-still-protecting-the-chemical-industrys-dirty-secre-1891129356.html

  • https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/household-chemicals-chart-whats-in-my-house

  • davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/the-dirt-on-toxic-chemicals-in-household-cleaning-products/

  • http://www.bpf.co.uk/Press/Oil_Consumption.aspx

  • http://grist.org/article/plastics/

  • http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/natural-gas/issues/how-plastic-is-made-from-natural-gas

 

 

 

 

Photo credits:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/unitedsoybean/10482516113

http://beta.interaksyon.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Naic_Cavite_Art_installation_beached_whale_plastics_Greenpeace_Southeast_Asia_05112017.jpg

 

 

 

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