A plant based cleaner simply means products made with non-toxic, and biodegradable ingredients. However, the ingredients in these green cleaners are plant bases or natural doesn’t necessary mean they are safe.
Consumers must still be wary of what’s in the bottle as the market is largely unregulated. Cleaning products labeled as “natural” may contain some fraction of synthetic chemicals. Certain ingredients like limonene (a citrus based oil) and the foaming agent coconut diethanolamide, all of which can cause allergic dermatitis.
How to make sure your green cleaner is safe?
First, check the label carefully. Look out for CFC’s, benzene, 1,4 dioxane, both of which (commonly used in the usual store bought blue cleaners too) can cause cancer. Other dangerous ingredients to look out for include: Phosphates, phthalates, ammonia, chlorine, ethanolamines, coconut diethanolamide, pine oil etc.
Thieves Household cleaner is a 100% plant based, ecologically friendly, cleaner containing Thieves and lemon YLTGTM essential oils. It is totally safe for use around children and pets and does not contain any of the above-mentioned ingredients.
Another method is to use www.ewg.org/skindeep to check on how clean the product or ingredient.