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All Purpose Cleaners

All Purpose Cleaners

By Clifford Woods

All purpose cleaners are soaps and detergents that are multi-purpose. This means that they can be used for various cleaning duties, such as cleaning surfaces and appliances at the same time.

All Purpose Cleaners

While these all purpose cleaners are convenient, they have also come under massive disapproval due to their high toxic content. Many contain hazardous chemicals and in a bid to keep our homes clean, we are also filling them with lots of harmful toxins. Though the law requires products to list their ingredients, what they do not indicate is the amount of toxicity you get by using these detergents.

It is therefore, up to us to ensure that we know what products to use and avoid.

Some of ingredients to avoid are:

  • Petroleum solvents: Commonly found in oil-based paint, paint thinner, spot remover, gasoline, kerosene, and lubricating oil. This solvent can damage the mucous membranes and exposures to paint and solvents have been suggested as potential risk factors of childhood leukaemia.
  • Phenols: Phenols are both naturally occurring chemicals and are manufactured by man. ‘Phenol’ is the name of the simplest member of the family of chemicals of that generic name. Pure phenol is a color-less or white crystalline solid with a powerful sickly sweet antiseptic odor. Commonly found in disinfectants. Excessive exposure to phenol may cause health effects on the brain, digestive system, eye, heart, kidney, liver, lung, peripheral nerve, skin and the unborn child. Phenol may also cause genetic damage.
  • Diethylene glycol: Is a colorless, practically odorless, poisonous liquid with a sweetish taste commonly found in window cleaners, Diethylene glycol is toxic to the nervous system and has resulted in numerous epidemics of poisoning since the early 20th century.
  • Perchloroethylene (Perc): This is a colorless, nonflammable liquid and another toxic chemical to avoid. It has been associated with liver and kidney damage as well as cancer. It is most popular in spot removers dry cleaning fluid and shoe polish.
  •  Chlorinated phenols: Chlorinated phenols are believed to be almost entirely man-made in origin. These phenols are harmful to the circulatory and nervous system and are more toxic to aquatic life.
  • Butoxyethanol also called Butyl cellosolve: This is a colorless liquid with a sweet, ether-like odor. It is a common chemical in the all-purpose cleaners. It’s quite toxic and has been known to damage the liver, kidneys, bone marrow and the nervous system amongst others.

Unfortunately, we cannot list all of the ingredients to steer clear of here as the list is far too long but we can suggest a better way forward, which is using the organic or non-toxic cleaners.

Buying Non Toxic Detergents

There are many non-toxic detergents on the market and the good thing about these is that they are made using plant based and organic ingredients. This means that they are not only great for cleaning your home, but also do not harm your family or pets. They also do not become toxic when they interact with your sewage system or septic and you can rest assured knowing that you are not generating toxic fumes while cleaning the home.

Non Toxic Home Substitutes
There are also ways you can keep your home safe from toxins without spending much on commercial all purpose detergents. This obviously depends on the cleaning duty you are undertaking. Great cleaning substitutes you can easily source from your pantry include:

  1. Baking soda: This is one of the best multi cleaning products you can have in a home. It’s great for scouring and is a great deodorizer as well.
  2. White vinegar: Vinegar can help you remove wax build up, grease, mildew, odors and certain stains.
  3. Lemon juice: Lemon contains strong acids that are effective in cutting grease and disinfecting as well.
  4. Borax: Borax not only cleans, it deodorizes, disinfects and softens water as well.
  5. Plain soap: Plain soap consists of water, oil and alkali and has no synthetic additives, making it a great all purpose cleaning agent.
  6. Cornstarch: Cornstarch acts as a great shampoo for rugs, carpets, and windows and can be used as a furniture polisher as well.

As you can see, there are simple ways to keep your home clean and toxic free either with manufactured cleaning agents or non toxic all purpose cleaner substitutes.


Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology

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The Organic Office

The Organic Office

By Clifford Woods

Why is the workplace all too often left out of the equation when thinking about organic and healthy living conditions? A tricky question to answer but this does indeed occur. Try and think of a few ways and means by which an office you know inside and out promotes a clean office environment hand-in-hand with organic living.

The idea of the organic office is for sure one of the less common and familiar in the world of natural living, but this doesn’t mean it is anything less than hugely important. In fact, given the fact that the majority of the Western World spends much of its waking life at work, what could be of bigger benefit than promoting the overall good by insisting on a fully organic office?

Hidden Dangers:  Unbeknownst to most, there are so many dangers around the average office workplace which come down to the use of chemicals where natural alternative could have been used in their place. As such, in order to understand the ways and means by which to create a safer office, it is vital to know where these dangers are and the alternatives available, including the following:

The Organic OfficeOrganic Office Cleaner:  The standard office cleaner in terms of both a can of spray and a professional service will BOTH more often than not use harmful chemicals and toxins. These have become the standards over recent decades to an extent where many have come to accept that the only route to a clean office environment is to use these chemicals and take their chances.

In reality however, this isn’t the case at all, as organic office cleaners are readily available for next to nothing and many  organic office cleaning services are also in the market of taking away the risks to their customers. Considering how many desks, surfaces, keyboards, telephones and so on are cleaned regularly, why take the risk of exposing a workforce to toxic chemicals?

Organic Supplies: Along with a generally clean office environment, it is also never a bad idea to introduce exclusive use of organic supplies across the boards, which can include DIY office cleaner, recycled paper and anything else produced by 100% safe and natural means.

Non-Toxic Materials: Recent discoveries have highlighted just how risky it can be to use certain types of vinyl, plastic and other materials on an everyday basis. As such, an addition to the organically clean office environment is the use of only 100% safe and natural materials across all stations, along with the elimination of any that may have the potential to cause harm.

Recycling: Last but not least, it is never a bad idea to get the whole workplace involved in recycling efforts, which can see the office reusing waste items, composting for use in plants or gardens and generally making efforts to reduce waste.

Along with the above, it is also essential to ensure that any professionals brought in from outside – carpet cleaners, A/C repairers etc. – champion the use of organic products and ONLY organic products in order to promote a clean organic office environment and 100% safety for workers.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of  Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology

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The Natural and Organic Lawn

The Natural and Organic Lawn

By Clifford Woods

It really isn’t a secret any more, organic means healthy above and beyond any alternative. The subject of lawns is certainly no exception to the rule either as it has been proven time and time again beyond all reasonable doubt that organic lawns given only 100% natural treatments and preparations are in turn 100% healthier and safer than their chemical-enriched counterparts.

90 Million Pounds per Year? The trouble is, much of the world has become used to quick-fix and cheap solutions to their indoor and outdoor problems, which has in turn led to a million and one synthetic and chemical products hitting the shelves for use on laws and in gardens in general.

This in turn has led to a steep decline in the number of strict no chemical lawns across the domestic world as a whole. In fact, recent studies have concluded that up to 90 million pounds of pesticides and dumped on lawns in the USA alone every year, which has the potential to lead to any number of problems both at home and for the environment.

Why the Natural and Organic Lawn?

There are dozens of benefits to insisting on 100% naturally fed lawns, though among the most crucial are the following:

  • As Nature Intended: Mother Nature never intended lawns and gardens as a whole to be doused with man-made chemicals, therefore how can you expect lawns treated in such a way to be as healthy as naturally fed lawns? Exactly – common sense would dictate that you cannot and this is the absolute truth of the matter…period.
  • Known Content: Buy a 100% organic fertilizer or make your own compost and you can rest assured that you know each and every ingredient used to create the substances you will then be putting on your lawns. On the other hand, buy a synthetic or chemical product and chances are most will not understand a word of the composition list, so how on Earth can you be sure what you’re even using in the first place?
  • Family Safety: Following on from the above, if you cannot say for sure what you are putting on your non organic lawns, then how can you be sure whether or not it will be safe for the use of pets or children, for example? While no chemical lawns can be 100% guaranteed as non-toxic and harmless to kids and pets alike, while those doused in chemicals cannot.
  • Bigger Picture: Drenching lawns in harmful chemicals is bad enough, but what few seem to realize is what happens to these harmful chemicals once the rain comes and washed them away. In truth, they can end up in any number of rivers, streams and water supplies to create health and safety problems for animals and human beings.

The list goes on, but basically encompasses each and every one of the largely common sense reasons why fully organic lawns are infinitely more desirable in every way. It needn’t involve much of an additional investment in time or money to insist on only organic, therefore why expose the household as a whole to unnecessary harm?

The Natural and Organic Lawn

 

 

Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

You can find products for Natural and Organic Lawns at www.effens.com

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