For those of us who use natural cleaners such as baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide there aren’t too many things we need to worry about. If my grand children were here the only thing I would worry about them getting into would be the peroxide, so it stays up where they can’t get to it. But if you are buying commercial cleaners the news out isn’t good.
Consumer Reports has compared the top brands of all-purpose cleaners and found Pine Sol to be the best over all performer, ranking the green brands such as Seventh Generation, Green Works, and Whip-it Friendly cleaners as being lacking in overall performance.
When they talk about performance they look to see if a product will clean food stains, soap scum and whether or not it leaves streaks. Seventh Generation received the best ranking of the green cleaners, with the only complaint being that it took more elbow grease to clean the same stains that Pine Sol did with ease.
Here’s the list of ingredients reported by The Clorox Company which makes Pine Sol: (in order from most used to least) concerns listed are from the Environmental Working Group
- pine essential oil
- sodium C14-17 Sec-Alkyl sulfonate – Sodium salts, some concern for the environment
- C10-12 Alcohols Ethoxylated 8EO – health concerns include: asthma and respiratory problems, skin allergies and irritation, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer
- Isopropanol – asthma and respiratory concerns
- Xanthan gum
Are you willing to use this product around your family, guests, and pets after reading this. There were many Pine Sol varieties to choose from I decided to use the original Pine scented one to list the ingredients here. Taking a look at the other versions the lists are longer, and you should see the pages and pages of chemicals listed for making up the fragrances used in Pine Sol
I would have liked to read how well these cleaners both “green” and Pine sol fared up against the old stand-bys many of us use regularly as I mentioned above. How does vinegar and baking soda rank when compared to Pine Sol? What about salt or peroxide when used on a tough stain?
Even if my homemade cleaners would need a little more elbow grease, it’s worth it to me for the environment and the health of those who visit me. Anyway, I’m sure I can use a little extra exercise :-) When did we start wanting everything to be as easy as possible with no other concern when it comes to the products we use.
The CDC has called Tide pods (for laundry) a emerging public health hazard. The CDC has reported that 48% of all detergent-related poison control calls involved the Tide Pods.
With this kind of news, is there a reason why we shouldn’t move toward safe products for our home and outdoor living spaces?
What is your favorite all purpose cleaner? Why did you choose it?