More often than not, cleanliness freaks need their floors to impeccably shine and sparkle. And for that, they will scour the face of the earth for the best surface cleaner.
But if you’re also one to care for the environment, it’s important for you to know that most of these floor cleaners have harmful chemicals that have the potential to wreak havoc.
On you. Your pets. And of course, the water systems that affect our aquatic life.
What chemicals do our floor cleaners contain? Are they toxic?
Among the many active ingredients surface and floor cleaners contain, the most common ones are Ethanol – a fluid that acts as sanitizer; Isopropyl alcohol – which is partly responsible for the disinfectant’s strong odour; antiseptics such as p-Chloro-o-benzylphenol, o-Phenylphenol, and lactic acid.
However, the ones that are supremely toxic and must be checked for on the label are Perchloroethylene, Triclosan , and 2-Butoxyethanol. They’re potentially hazardous to health if one’s exposed to them on a regular basis.
What do the symbols on the packaging mean?
Almost all the floor cleaners come with a few symbols on their labels. The most common ones are – that they should be kept out of reach of children, can cause irritation if they come in eye and skin contact, hands must be thoroughly washed after handling and that they must not be mixed with any other household acids or cleaners.
If these don’t jolt us into being aware, I don’t know what will. There are simple, natural ingredients in abundance that give the same result (even better, if you ask us) when used for cleaning. They’re non-toxic, biodegradable and leave behind no harmful odour.
What can you use instead?
It’s a whole industry out there capitalising on years of ignorance on the customers’ part. Make informed choices. Rely on natural ingredients for cleanliness. Reliable, planet-friendly cleaners are now just a click away. Your laundry, dishwashing and floor and toilet cleaning is set to get safe. Follow this link to know how.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)