6 Ingredients To Ditch In Your Cleaning Products

By Sam Negrin

Clean isn't always a good thing. While it may seem healthy to regularly clean your home, what you're cleaning with could be actually be hurting your health. Here are 6 ingredients to ditch in your cleaning products:

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  1. Ammonia - Typically used in that famous blue glass cleaner, it's a favorite to ensure streak-free results on surfaces. Unfortunately it's not so great for anything but that - and can cause all sorts of irritation to your eyes, skin, throat, and lungs. But don't worry, it's still possible to achieve streak-less results with a non-toxic product like Murchison Hume Glass Cleaner.

  1. Bleach - This is probably the first thing that comes to mind for many of us when we think of chemical cleaning products. Bleach is highly corrosive, which means it'll easily irritate the eyes, skin, and lungs (seeing a trend yet?). A non-toxic cleaner like Murchison Hume Multi-surface Cleaner will keep both the bacteria counts in your home and your health risks low.

  1. Formaldehyde - A probable human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent), you'll want to steer clear of formaldehyde. It can be found in common household products like furniture polish and laundry stain removers, and it can even creep up in skin cream and cosmetics - eek!

  1. Sulfates - Sulfates are what's behind those suds in everything from your dish soap to your toothpaste, and they're known to be harsh - aka dry out your skin way too easily. Do your hands a favor and opt for a sulfate-free dish wash like Puracy Dish Soap.

  1. Synthetic fragrances - Notoriously found in dryer sheets, synthetic fragrances and perfumes are probably one of the worst things you can coat your clothes (and body) in. A more natural way to make your clothes smell fresh and dry faster is with Wool dryer balls and a few drops of lavender essential oil.

  1. Phthalates - Usually phthalates are used as carriers for fragrances - you can find them in all sorts of chemical cleaners like deodorizers, laundry detergents, and fabric softeners. The easiest way to avoid phthalates is to opt for fragrance-free products. If you miss the fragrance, you can always add in some drops of essential oil (like grapefruit) to any of your non-toxic cleaning products.

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