We need to clean our house. Our dishes. Ourselves. So we spend a lot of money on various cleaning products. Billions of dollars are spent every year on cleaning products. The vast majority of that money goes towards mainstream cleaning products. They tend to be the relatively cheap ones that you can find just about anywhere.
The problem, of course, is that these cleaning products often contain highly dangerous materials. They’re also produced by extremely unethical methods. A lot of people understand that there are dangers to cleaning products. They accept it and try to be careful around them.
But the bizarre thing about it is that such materials and methods are basically never needed. They’re not required to produce good cleaning products. So why are they used? To save time and maximize profits.
Want to know more about the high costs of these sorts of products? Read on…
You’ve probably heard about the unfriendliness of this one before. It is one of the most widely used chemicals in America. I’m not just referring to the cleaning product industry – I’m talking about every industry! Now, it’s true that ammonia is produced in nature and even in the human body. But that, of course, doesn’t make it safe.
Ammonia don’t react very nicely with the water in your body. Fairly alarming, considering how much of your body is water. (It’s not actually most of it, but there’s still a lot in there.) When ammonia reacts with water, it produces ammonium hydroxide. And ammonium hydroxide hates the cells in your body. It will attack them, causing burning sensations and potentially leading to lung problems.
Don’t get confused, though. If a product containing ammonia gets into your eyes or on your skin, you still need to wash it off with plenty of clean water. Don’t think that rinsing it off will only produce more ammonium hydroxide!
You’re walking down to aisles of your favorite supermarket. You see some lovely-smelling raspberry and pomegranate washing up liquid. It’s got this gorgeous reddish-pink color. The lime and mint one is a deep, beautiful green. In fact, the entire selection of washing up liquid looks prettier than a rainbow. And all the colors seem pretty appropriate, right? Raspberries are reddish-pink, so it makes sense that it would produce a substance of that color… right?
Well, that’s you believing that the specified fruits and plants have any presence in those substances. But they don’t. Even if they did, the colors wouldn’t be that vibrant! These colors are the result of dyes. Here’s a page advertising all the dyes you can get for your products. They’re not good for your skin – a particular worry, considering that most of these products are meant to go on your skin. Synthetic fragrances are also used in order to trick you into believing that these products have anything to do with fruits or plants. Dyes and fragrances can be avoided by using things like quality organic soaps.
These dyes make products very slow to biodegrade. Plus, they’re often toxic to animals. You know what else is toxic to animals?
Some people are under the impression that animal testing is only done by a few companies. That the companies who are found testing on animals get loads of bad press. That they’re branded as ‘evil’ all across the country, and that they’d be forced to change their methods. In other words, people seem to believe that if a company is testing products on animals that they would know about it.
Not so. The producers of most mainstream cleaners test on animals. It’s worth remembering that there are only a handful of companies who produce the big names. It’s a practice that is widely accepted across the country – the world, in fact. Sure, more and more people are growing disgusted by animal testing. But that doesn’t mean that animal testing is being stopped. It just means that it’s now being hidden more effectively.
Every year, thousands of animals are killed in this process. The animals usually include mice, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Cleaning products are usually forced down their throats, out in their skin, and poured into their eyes. Lethal dose tests are also administered frequently, so testers can confirm what exposure can cause death.
Wow, I feel a little dirty typing out all of that. I promise I wasn’t trying to craft some sensational paragraph of horror. Those are simply the everyday facts and processes, I’m afraid.
The dangers of the ‘green’ label
You may think that the FDA are pretty strict with labels. After all, when you see labels like green or free range or class A, you’d think that those products need to be those things, right? Surely you can’t just label something with an inaccurate label? Surely you couldn’t get that past the FDA?
Well, unfortunately, you can. And it’s not like these things are being slipped past the FDA. The fact is that the FDA don’t really care. They allow companies to use labels that are completely inaccurate. The FDA are not concerned about consumers. Believing that they are isn’t a healthy belief for anyone. The FDA has a long history of manipulating data in order to appease large industries and increase their own revenue. Don’t believe it? Ask their own scientists.
The fact is that, if the FDA did the job they claim to do, there wouldn’t be any of those horrifically unhealthy products around. So it’s important to research all products you come across. Don’t just buy something just because it claims to be green. The vast majority of these mainstream cleaning products claim to be good for your health and the environment. The FDA frees these companies of the need to have any data to support these claims.
So make sure you know exactly what it is you’re buying. What it is you’re spreading around your home. Putting on your skin. Check the ingredients of every product, as well as the environmental practises of the involved companies. And remember that companies are under no obligation to confirm on their packaging that they test their products on animals! The FDA are not out to protect you – so be vigilant.