Do Your Cleaning Products "Dirty" the Environment?

Contributed By biokleen

Six billion pounds of chemicals are dumped into the environment every year. Commercial household cleaners, whether sprayed, dumped, poured, laundered, rinsed, or washed, are significant contributors and having hazardous effects on our environment. Children and pets, as well as those who use cleaning chemicals on a daily basis, are especially at risk to exposure of fumes and residue from toxic cleaning products. By using non-toxic cleaning products, you can reduce the toxic load on human and environmental health.


We all want whiter whites, softer linens, and clothes free from stains and odor. But at what cost? Traditionally, whiter whites mean more chlorine bleach and optical brighteners. Softer linens mean more quaternary ammonia. Having clothes smell like the first day of spring means more artificial fragrance. With 1% of the population allergic to synthetic fragrances and a growing number developing sensitivities, all kinds of skin and respiratory reactions can result. Many laundry products contain: metasilicates, borax, free silica, cationic fabric softeners, petrochemical surfactants, toxic algaecides and sanitizers, artificial fragrance and coloring, and fillers. To wash your clothes with these means you're wearing them against your skin all day, absorbing any residue not rinsed away. Then there is the toll they take on clothes, washing machines, dryers, and the environment. Phosphates, which cause eutraphocation in water systems (creating algae blooms that can suffocate marine ecosystems), is just one example of environmental harm.

Consider the washing of dishes. The same phosphates that exist in most laundry products can be found in dishwashing products. In addition to suffocating marine life, too many phosphates soften water to the point that it may corrode dishware. High pH dishwashing formulations oxidize machines and dishware as well. Artificial fragrances are used in many hand-dishwashing liquids, and EDTA is slow to biodegrade and attracts heavy metals.


Biokleen products can replace most mainstream cleaners in your home, eliminating the risk to your family's health, and our environment. Biokleen products are just as effective and affordable as conventional cleaners, and they do not contain a single ingredient that is required to be listed due to toxicity, corrosivity, flammability, or reactivity—the four criteria of a hazardous material. Plus, all cleaning products are concentrated, leaving the smallest footprint on the environment, including fewer fillers, less waste, packaging, and energy used in shipping, and more value for everyone.