Three things set the tone when we are making a choice when purchasing a 'natural' cleaning product
1. Colour and Imagery - We tend to navigate towards the colour green and images of plants, animals and babies. Green represents nature while images of nature and babies creates a feeling of being safe.
2. Company Recognition - Once the colour or image has our attention, we then find comfort in a company we recognize, not realizing that recognition comes in the form of marketing of a product whether it be purchased shelf placement in a store, social media of a company that you grew up with.
3. 'Feel Good' Words - The words on the label screaming to you the product is natural, safe for you and your loved ones and great for the environment is what makes you pick up that product and take it home.
I have taken the most popular products on the market (and ones suggested to me by clients) and researched the ingredients to help you make the right decision for your needs. I am, in no way implying these products are bad for you, just creating awareness so that when you leave the store with a product in hand, you do so with confidence.
Following the Standards of the Non-Profit organization NPA, ingredients not found on their extensive list of acceptable natural ingredients are orange highlighted......vague or known synthetic ingredients are red highlighted. Any product highlighted in green contains all natural ingredients
Something of importance - the list of ingredients goes from highest content of an ingredient to lowest. So if you are seeing RED in the top 3 to 5 listed ingredients you should be concerned and possibly not purchase that product. The best way to affect change in the way companies sell to us is to hit them where it hurts....their profit. When a company sees a decline in sales, they will begin to question the why and the how and hopefully start the process of positive change.
Bio Green Clean - Made with purified water, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients derived from leafy green vegetables, edible seeds and seed-bearing plants .Insufficient list of ingredients....there is a list of what you won't find in the products but not a descriptive list of what ingredients are in the products
Concentrated Cleaner and Degreaser - Limonene (the clear liquid from the peel of the orange, food grade), C10-16 Pareth-1 (plant-derived surfactant),Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil (plant-based fragrance).
All Purpose Free and Clear - (not listed from most to least in measured amounts) - cleaning agents, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, ph adjuster, biodegrable preservative, sodium gluconate, alkyl polyglucosides, water, ethanol, sodium carbonate
LIquid Cleanser Free and Clear - (not listed from most to least in measured amounts) - cleaning agents, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, feldspar, biodegradable preservative, xanthan gum, alkyl polyglucosides, water, calcium carbonate
Powdered Cleanser - (not listed from most to least in measured amounts) feldspar, zeya mays (corn) oil, palm oil, alkyl poycglucosides, calcium carbonate, sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, coconut oil, sodium tallowate
All Purpose Cleaner - Purified water, ColaLipid C (cleaning agent derived from coconut oil), sodium citrate (pH adjuster derived from fruit), baking soda, lavender essential oils.
Nursery Cleaner - Purified water, ColaLipid C (cleaner derived from coconut oil), malic acid (pH adjuster derived from fruit), sodium citrate (pH adjuster derived from citrus acid), baking soda, lemon & grapefruit essential oil blend.
Toy and HIgh Chair Cleaner - Purified water, ColaLipid C (cleaning agent derived from coconut oil), glycerin (solvent derived from plants), gluconolactone & sodium benzoate (preservatives derived from plants), baking soda, sodium citrate (pH adjuster derived from fruit).
Tub and Tile Cleaner - Water, lactic acid (pH adjuster), sodium gluconate (chealator), lauryl glucoside (cleansing agent), benzisothiazolinone (preservative).
Marble Paste - Environmentally friendly ingredients with a powerful cleaning effect. A combination of very fine marble powder as a polishing agent and for mechanical dirt removal. leaning intensifier with a mixture of surfactants obtained from renewable resources such as sugar beet, sugar cane, corn and coconut fat. The fragrance contains pure essential orange oil with alcohol as an additional cleaning intensifier.
Basic H2 All Purpose - does not list ingredients
Hand Dishwash Liquid - does not list ingredients
Scour Off Paste - does not list ingredients
Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes - does not list ingredients
Siams International Planet People
Other brands include Concrobium & I.Q. cleaning products