With such a variety of cleaning products on the shelf, it’s difficult to make a decision as to what would be ‘best’ for your home. Functionality aside, how can you be sure that the chemicals you’re bringing into your home are safe? That concern grows when children or pets are added in the mix -- so, for today’s blog, we’ve put together those chemicals you should stay away from in cleaning products and a great alternative for safe and effective cleaning at home.
Number one on our list (and probably in your home) is everybody’s favorite chemical; ammonia. Ammonia is actually one of the most common chemicals found in household cleaning products and is often encouraged for use on extremely tough spots and stains. BUT ammonia is also known to cause skin irritation, burns, and damage to the respiratory tract. Although ammonia is also found in our bodies and in nature, inhaling it can result in a variety of health effects.
Luckily, there are many companies that have already successfully phased out ammonia and many safe and natural cleaners have taken its place. There are also several ingredients that you probably have laying around your house such as lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, and water that can be mixed to create a safe alternative to ammonia.
The best solution to avoid harmful chemicals in your home is to change your cleaning method -- not product. No matter what surface or area you’re cleaning, there’s one method that’s both versatile enough to target practically everything and do it safely and effectively: steam cleaning. Combining high heat, pressure, suction, and water, steam cleaning can turn your stained, faded surfaces back in time to looking brand-new! All with the peace of mind knowing you’re not bringing harmful chemicals into your home.
Is it time to clean those carpets? Resurface the hardwood? Give us a call at The Steam Team today!