Dangers of Chemical Cleaners

What are the Risks?

Many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in asthma and other respiratory illnesses, cancer, autism, attention-deficit disorders, toxicity of the brain, nervous system, the hormone system and other organs. These everyday chemicals are pretty much everywhere around us. They can be found in things such as  food, plastics, furniture, makeup, and of course cleaning supplies.

Household and cleaning products such as multipurpose cleaners, soaps, polishes, bleach, ammonia, and hygiene products often include harmful chemicals. Even products advertised as “green” or “natural” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems.

None of these cleaning products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market. They are not adequately evaluated and cleaning product labels often do not give consumers enough information about their ingredients, to allow people to make informed decisions on which ones are safer and which ones might harm their health.

“But I need a streak-free clean on my windows!”

When it comes to window cleaning, 2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient in many window cleaners and gives them their characteristic sweet smell. 2-butoxyethanol is found in window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners, is very harmful, and the law does not even require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. And because ammonia evaporates and doesn’t leave streaks, it is another common ingredient in found commercial window cleaners. Ammonia is a powerful irritant and can also create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach. 

Cleaning your windows with just water?!

For reasons not limited to the ones above, Earthwise Window Cleaning takes pride in our innovative way to clean exterior glass, windows and solar panels with a custom designed, truck-mounted, solar-powered pure water-cleaning system. 

With this system, no chemicals of any kind are needed or used. Only pure deionized water and a specialty brush made of boar’s hair are needed to clean your glass.

For interior glass-cleaning requiring old-school squeegee work, we use a pinch of biodegradable soap and pure water.

 If you take a look at the label and it says ‘hazardous to humans and domestic animals’, I’d seriously doubt it’s a product you should be proud to invite into your business or home.

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