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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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What You Need to Know About Healthy and Organic Aquariums

What You Need to Know About Healthy and Organic Aquariums

By Clifford Woods

Since an aquarium is an environment that is artificial, it needs intervention from the owner. This intervention is needed especially during the initial period of set-up as it is hard to be certain about the quality of the water. In most of the cases, water that is used is from the local water source might contain chemicals that are harmful to the fish, so it is imperative to pay attention to water quality at the source. Other than toxic chloramines and chlorine, the source water might also contain phosphate, nitrate, calcium, iron, silicate, and other chemicals in different quantities.

This is not the water to use for healthy and organic aquariums.What You Need to Know About Healthy and Organic Aquariums

The clarity of water is not a real indicator of the quality of water. Testing the water at the source is the only way to know what is in local water. Test results will decide the pH adjusters/buffers and water conditioners needed to adjust the water conditions to what is needed in aquariums.

While the majority of aquarium fish are able to regulate water that is less than ideal, some species are so sensitive that they need precise conditions to flourish. So, knowing what is in the source water is very important, as action may be needed.

Phosphate and nitrate are major plant nutrients. Increases in these chemicals not only lower the quality of water, but can also affect aquarium health. The presence of these elements in high amounts often means high levels of organic material that is decaying, which is not suitable for healthy organic aquariums.

Waste materials in excess not only contaminate aquarium water, but also affect the pH of the aquarium. Some inhabitants of an aquarium are really sensitive to low amounts of nitrate. The precipitation of magnesium and calcium ions can lower abilities to buffer and eventually disturb aquarium pH or make it difficult to keep the pH stable.

What You Need to Know About Healthy and Organic Aquariums

Dissolved calcium can also make it hard to reach desired pH levels for freshwater fish that need conditions that are acidic. There is water conditioner that is multi-purpose and can detoxify nitrate as well as ammonia, chlorine, and chloramines in the water, making it an enormously beneficial aquarium accessory to have around. When the concentration of iron is high and dissolves in your tap water, it may tinge the water and give it a reddish and cloudy condition. This condition is more noticeable in aquariums, with oxygen content that is high. Iron that dissolves not only defaces the look of the aquarium, but also lowers the quality of the water.

The best means of eliminating dissolved items from tap water is a purification system can be used on the tap water. A “reverse osmosis” unit is the best filter you can buy. This filter powers water to go through a semi-permeable film that removes 90-99% of impurities from tap water. The result is water that is free of contaminants as well as minerals and makes water suitable for healthy organic aquariums.

One of these filters can be obtained for the aquarium itself. The major purpose for weekly or monthly maintenance is to remove organic matter from the aquarium. Generally, there are 2 types of organic wastes – dissolved and particulate. Particulate organic matter is the stuff that can easily be seen developing on the filter pads and in the gravel. Simply remove the filter pad, rinse it well and also wash the rocks.

These are all simple tips and what you need to know about healthy and organic aquariums.


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

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Are Septic Tank Cleaners Worse Than the Stuff in Them?

Are Septic Tank Cleaners Worse Than the Stuff in Them?

By Clifford Woods

Chances are that most will only ever give their septic tank a second thought when the almost unthinkable happens and the system has to be repaired, replaced or scrapped altogether due to a blockage or breakage. Sadly however, what the same “most” also don’t seem to realize is that the way in which the natural standard is to use harsh, chemical-based cleaning and treatment products to clean septic tanks, also have the potential to cause more harm than good.

In fact, some might argue that the worst cleaners and treatments of the bunch are worse than the stuff in the septic tank as a whole – not a pretty picture!

Proper Function: In a septic tank that is working properly, the waste material transferred to it is broken down, turned to liquid and reduced in odor by way of a natural process. The key word here of course being “natural”, therefore common sense would dictate that in order to speed up and assist this natural process along, the only products to use for cleaning and maintenance should also be natural products.

Nevertheless, millions continue to clean septic tanks up and down the country using any number of products and preparations that are about a million miles from natural. Not unsurprising therefore that many of their septic tanks for “some reason” then begin to play up and refuse to do their job properly, leaving their respective owners wondering what on earth they did wrong.

Organic Septic Tank CleanerImproper Function: The simple fact of the matter is that use of a non-organic septic tank cleaner can do little other than upset the balance of the natural process needed to break down the waste it contains. In fact, the use and indeed overuse of harsh agents and chemicals like bleach, detergent and disinfectant can prevent the natural process from occurring altogether, and thus lead to a septic tank that serves no useful purpose whatsoever.

This is precisely why those looking to enjoy efficient, clean and odor free septic tanks really do have little choice other than to opt for 100% natural and organic septic tank cleaners and care products across the board.

Septic Tanks Cleaners – the Organic Way:

It comes as no surprise to learn that the natural way is by far the best, but what never fails to surprise is just how long the list of benefits is that comes with using purely organic septic tank cleaner.

Along with excellent everyday function and the promise of odor free septic tanks, the natural route to cleaning and maintenance also offers:

  • Excellent control of methane gas production.
  • Prevention of pipe blockages.
  • Ease of draining.
  • Ease of future cleaning.
  • Neutralization of any harmful chemicals present.
  • 100% safety for all metal and plastic materials.
  • Safer for human and animal contact.
  • Faster degradation of organic matter.

…and the list goes on and on…

More for Less: Given the way in which an elite organic septic tank cleaner can be picked up for no more than a standard toxic chemical example, there is simply no reason to cut corners on health, safety and the performance of the tank itself…period.

Summary: This article represents a brief discussion of the key reasons why an organic septic tank cleaning product would be vastly superior to a standard chemical alternative. It brings into account the performance of the tank, the safety of the product and also the potential for cost-savings.

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

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