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Cleaning Products: Practical Suggestions

Common detergents, disinfectants, and spot removers are all used regularly to keep our homes and communities clean. Some of the chemicals in these cleaners are pollutants that mimic estrogen. And many of these chemicals do not biodegrade easily, so they stick around our environment for a long time. The great thing is, there are safer, easy-to-make alternatives that work well.

  • There are several 'green' products that are commercially available and do not contain alkylphenols, phthalates or phosphates. Unfortunately, although alkylphenols are identified in the ingredient list on the labels for personal care products and spermicides, they are rarely listed on household products like cleaners, detergents, and pesticides. Call companies and inquire if their products contain these chemicals.
  • Homemade cleaners can serve as a less toxic and less expensive alternatives. Most common household cleaning can be accomplished with: baking powder, pure soap (without scents, colors or other additives), washing soda (sodium bicarbonate), and plain white vinegar.