Choosing cleaning products can be tricky as not everything on the supermarket shelves are what they seem to be, or as ‘safe’ as they want to be. We have accepted the fact that cleaning products will contain certain amounts of chemical with toxic substances to clean grime and eliminate germs. However, using any kind of chemical based products are not that good for your family’s health and the environment too.
The best thing that you can do is to wise up and learn how to choose the least toxic products and identify what cleaning products are considered very hazardous that you can live without. So here are some tips you can follow as a buying guide the next time you’re out to restock your cleaning products:
1. Take A Look At The Ingredients
When buying a product, start by reading the ingredients on the label. If the ingredients are not listed on the product’s label, do not buy it – if the ingredients are safe in the first place, there is no reason for manufacturers to not list the ingredients down for customers to know.
Why take the risk? There are a lot of toxic ingredients being used in the market to enhance the performance of cleaning products that are still unknown to customers.
2. Check If Products Are “Pretending” To Be Eco-Friendly
Green products are still mostly chemical based but manufacturers who are truly committed to “eco-friendly” and “non-toxic” products will usually use ingredients that will not be harmful to the environment and your health.
Again, the best way to tell if a product is really eco-friendly is to read the ingredients on the label. If you’re not sure what they are, do a quick check over the internet.
3. Avoid Certain Words
If you notice the word ‘poison’ on anything, you better know that it’s dangerous!
You can almost tell how dangerous a cleaning product is by the type of caution they print on the label like “irritant”, “caution” and “danger”. These words not only indicate how dangerous they are to your health, but also how hazardous it is to the environment when you want to dispose of them later (you might want to be extra careful of how you dispose highly flammable products).
4. Good News – There Are Natural Alternatives!
Your kitchen cupboard is filled with more cleaning products than you think – you can make your own natural cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Ingredients like lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar are just as good at getting rid of grime build-ups, removing stains and eliminating odours.
In fact, you can also read about how to make your own non-toxic bleach. (Your maid will thank you that she doesn’t have to worry about harmful chemicals seeping through her rubber gloves!)
Now, you are ready to shop! Remember to always read the label!
If you don’t have the time to clean and worry that all the dirt and grime are starting to build up in your home, why not hire a helping hand – our professional cleaning services companies on Kaodim are able to provide cleaners and part-time maids on an hourly basis.
Whether it’s to do general cleaning around your house or if you need help cleaning carpets and sofa stains, just send us your enquiry and we’ll find the right service provider to do the job for you.