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Five “All Natural” Cleaners that Really Aren’t that Natural

Five All Natural Cleaners that Really Aren't that Natural


In the world of home cleaners there are many different varieties, from fresh smelling, super strength, long lasting, and all natural. It can be confusing to choose the one best suited to the task at hand. What does “all natural” mean when it comes to cleaners, and which ones aren’t quite as natural as they might appear?

Air Fresheners
Avoid aerosol air fresheners at all costs. Even if they claim to be all natural, nearly all air fresheners are not. Instead, open a window when possible to allow fresh air in, simmer a cinnamon stick on the stove, or use organic essential oils.

Antibacterial Soaps
The ingredients used in antibacterial soaps and detergents kill the bad and good bacteria, which can lead to the development of drug resistant bacteria. If you do use it, make sure it’s only once in a while. Especially when cleaning your kitchen or where you store food like the refrigerator, make sure you’re not encouraging bacteria resistance. Use only warm soapy water and clean rags.

Cleaners in Plastic Bottles
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that has been used for some time in the production of plastics and in the lining of metal canisters. Studies have shown it can cause brain and behavior problems to those exposed to it regularly. It is especially dangerous to infants and children. Seek out cleaners in glass bottles or plastic labeled BPA free.

Cleaners with Sudsing Agents
Most people like to see suds and soap bubbles form when cleaning, as it makes us feel like we are really getting the area clean. Unfortunately, those suds are anything but natural. While some natural surfactants do exist, they tend to make products more expensive. Read the labels and make sure they are naturally occurring.

Cleaners with Phthalates
Phthalates are very dangerous and very easily absorbed into our bodies. These endocrine disrupting chemicals affect male hormone production and normal brain development and function. They have been linked to various problems, such as autism, cancer, and fertility problems.

As more and more people are seeking out better ways to keep our Earth and our families safe and healthy in a world filled with increasing numbers of chemicals and man-made substances, it can be difficult to choose the best and most natural choices. Just because an item claims to be “all natural” or “eco” does not mean it is good for the environment or the people exposed to it. Some can be deceiving, so it is important to look carefully at the ingredients before making your decision. Look for bottles labeled “kid and pet safe” and avoid products that say “toxic, poison, or danger” to help you make safe decisions. So whether you just got a new IG refrigerator from or are looking to disinfect an old microwave, make sure you have the right tools needed to clean it safely.