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Healthy Home. Healthy Planet.

 Green cleaning involves the use of eco-friendly products, ingredients, and practices to help preserve human, animal, and environmental health. And to do that, it just takes some simple product changes. Ditching traditional chemical-based household cleansers and choosing a more natural approach doesn't mean compromising a high standard of clean. A proper cleaning and disinfecting is possible with the right eco-friendly products.


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Health Risks

The health risks associated with chemical-based cleaning products have created a need for safer, more responsible cleaning practices. Scientific studies have shown that chemicals found in traditional house cleansers can cause a multitude of health problems from acute to chronic, mild to severe. Children and pets are especially vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals through inhalation or absorption. 

Environmental Concerns

One small bottle of chemical cleanser can have a devastating impact on our planet. That one small bottle turns into millions when looked at on a larger global scale. Not only do they accumulate in the landfill, but ozone depletion, waterways, soil & air pollution, and wildlife poisoning are direct results of toxic chemicals being released into our environment.

Did You Know...

Certain chemicals in household cleansers:

  • have been linked to cancer, reproductive & developmental disorders, respiratory damage

  • can trigger asthma & allergies, headaches & migraines, nose/eye irritation & inflammation, rashes and skin allergies

  • are classified as known, probable or possible carcinogens

  • contain levels higher than are legally allowed

  • are not required to be fully listed on the label- sometimes the most toxic are left off the ingredient list because there are no regulations requiring manufacturers to do so

  • have not been adequately tested for safety or long-term health effects

  • are considered 'proprietary blends' or 'trade secrets' and are allowed to be generally classified as 'fragrance', 'perfume' or 'parfum'

Beware of Greenwashing

Marketing works. Beware of exaggerated claims from companies professing to be environmentally-friendly. Generic terms like 'all-natural', 'eco-friendly', 'certified green', even 'unscented' are to be taken with a grain of salt, and indicate some consumer investigation is required. Check out the ingredients list. Do you recognize any of the chemicals?  Is the list a mile long? Sometimes the product isn't as 'green' as it appears. 


When it comes to household cleaning products, here are some harmful ingredients to steer clear of:

  • Ammonia

  • PERC (Perchloroethylene)

  • Phthalates

  • Fragrance or Parfum-  can mean 100 or more toxic chemicals are included

  • 'Natural Fragrance', 'Fragrance-Free' or 'Unscented' can mean manufacturers add masking fragrances to cover the chemical smells of their products

  • Chlorine

  • Triclosan

  • Sodium Hydroxide

  • 2-Butoxyethanol

Ready to Make the Switch to  Green Cleaning?

  • Choose cleaning products with transparent ingredient lists

  • Know what chemicals to avoid

  • Make your own homemade cleaning solutions 

  • Contact Fresh Nest Green Cleaning in Edmonton and have us do the house cleaning for you

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