Our Ecoholic testers are back by popular demand, and this time we're trying out green all-purpose cleansers in one of the busiest and often dirtiest rooms of the house, the kitchen. Okay, so no one wants to clean in the heat, but by neglecting that mess you might as well put a big sign on your door saying, "Ants, fruit flies, hell, even raccoons welcome."
No doubt some of you are still hooked on chems. I know, I know, it's not that you don't care about the planet (hey, you're reading this column); it's just they just work so darn well, right? Well, it's time to put the nozzle down. Many home cleaners emit smog-inducing volatile organic compounds and are major contributors to indoor air pollution (which can be anywhere from two to 100 times higher than outdoor air). Yes, most ingredients do break down in municipal waste treatment plants, but some surfactants used in degreasers, disinfectants and general cleaners break down into hormone-disrupting agents that have been shown to feminize fish. And 69 per cent of American streams tested positive for this stuff! Antibacterial agents show up there, too.
Don't be a sucker. Just because it smells like green apples or has an orange on the label doesn't make it any more natural. In fact, citrus-containing degreasers were also found to have the nasty surfactant mentioned above.
Do your part and switch to the truly green stuff. And if you want to know which ones work best on your greasy kitchen, read on.
Oh yeah, and Nature Clean has informed us it has stopped using sodium lauryl sulfate throughout its product line, though you might find it in older bottles still on shelves.
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