Jennifer Parrish, Go Green, Jan. 31, 2009: Can you clean and still be green?

It's really quite ironic. We clean our homes to keep them safe for ourselves, our children and our pets. Full Story

Since: May 08

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Jan 31, 2009
Reading the ingredient list for the Multipurpose Disinfectant - I see that it contains tea tree oil.

That's hardly safe either. The American Cancer Society says, "Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed. It has been reported to cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities, and severe rashes. It should be kept away from pets and children."

A study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that "repeated topical exposure to lavender and tea tree oils probably caused prepubertal gynecomastia" (abnormal breast development) in three young boys.

Yes, chlorine bleach and other chemicals used in cleaning products can be dangerous when used inappropriately, but just because something is natural - wait a minute, isn't chlorine natural?- doesn't make it completely safe. There is no such thing as completely safe.

Read labels, follow directions, use products responsibly. You and your family, and your environment, should be quite safe with conventional products.
Hmmmmmm

Watsonville, CA

#2 Jan 31, 2009
Did the young boys live on a chicken ranch?
Done that

Santa Cruz, CA

#3 Jan 31, 2009
Xanthippe wrote:
Reading the ingredient list for the Multipurpose Disinfectant - I see that it contains tea tree oil.
That's hardly safe either. The American Cancer Society says, "Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed. It has been reported to cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities, and severe rashes. It should be kept away from pets and children."
A study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that "repeated topical exposure to lavender and tea tree oils probably caused prepubertal gynecomastia" (abnormal breast development) in three young boys.
Yes, chlorine bleach and other chemicals used in cleaning products can be dangerous when used inappropriately, but just because something is natural - wait a minute, isn't chlorine natural?- doesn't make it completely safe. There is no such thing as completely safe.
Read labels, follow directions, use products responsibly. You and your family, and your environment, should be quite safe with conventional products.
By and large, I agree with you. I cleaned house for 20 years and I've used a multitude of cleaning products. However, some (bathroom tile cleaners) were so toxic that one had to open a window and leave the room until the fumes dissapated.

In my experience, many folks believe commercials, fear "disease-causing germs" and therefore buy all manner of unnecessary products for every surface in their home, when just a few will suffice.

I haven't used a commercially produced "green" product in some time, perhaps they're now up to par with good old-fashioned ammnonia, bleach, vinegar, 409, Windex and elbow grease.
local girl

Boulder Creek, CA

#4 Jan 31, 2009
I use a steam cleaner for most surfaces. Hot water--what a concept! Gets floors and counters clean with no detergents at all!

“Keep Santa Cruz weird, NOT”

Since: Jul 08

Santa Cruz, California

#5 Jan 31, 2009
Xanthippe wrote:
Reading the ingredient list for the Multipurpose Disinfectant - I see that it contains tea tree oil.
That's hardly safe either. The American Cancer Society says, "Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed. It has been reported to cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities, and severe rashes. It should be kept away from pets and children."
A study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that "repeated topical exposure to lavender and tea tree oils probably caused prepubertal gynecomastia" (abnormal breast development) in three young boys.
Yes, chlorine bleach and other chemicals used in cleaning products can be dangerous when used inappropriately, but just because something is natural - wait a minute, isn't chlorine natural?- doesn't make it completely safe. There is no such thing as completely safe.
Read labels, follow directions, use products responsibly. You and your family, and your environment, should be quite safe with conventional products.
If used correctly Tree Tea oil is a wonderful essential oil. I make my own soap and scent it with Tree Tea oil. I've used it for over 30 years without a problem. My daughter has the best skin because she's used it since birth. I don't really use it for cleaning. I mostly use a steam cleaner, vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and cream of tarter. I agree with the toxic smell of most cleaning products, yuck. Want to get a clean white kitchen sink - use cream of tarter, lemon juice and add some elbow grease.
Pat Kittle

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Jan 31, 2009
Xanthippe wrote:
Reading the ingredient list for the Multipurpose Disinfectant - I see that it contains tea tree oil.
That's hardly safe either. The American Cancer Society says, "Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed. It has been reported to cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities, and severe rashes. It should be kept away from pets and children."
A study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that "repeated topical exposure to lavender and tea tree oils probably caused prepubertal gynecomastia" (abnormal breast development) in three young boys.
Yes, chlorine bleach and other chemicals used in cleaning products can be dangerous when used inappropriately, but just because something is natural - wait a minute, isn't chlorine natural?- doesn't make it completely safe. There is no such thing as completely safe.
Read labels, follow directions, use products responsibly. You and your family, and your environment, should be quite safe with conventional products.
You are quite right -- "greenies" think human overbreeding doesn't matter, as long as we are "green consumers" -- there is NO "work-around" for human overbreeding.
Juliette

Salt Lake City, UT

#7 Feb 2, 2009
Green is more than just what's in the bottle. The bottle itself has to be produced, packaged, shipped, disposed of or recycled (which starts the whole process over again.)
What's in the bottle also must be produced, packaged, shipped, disposed of and hopefully not cause anyone who uses it or stores it any harm in the mean time.

I have found the very best clean and the very best cleaner recipe to be water used in a high quality steam cleaning machine (like a Sargent Steam brand) A steamer heats the water to about 300 degrees. One steamer cleans pretty much everything listed in your article with absolutely no chemicals or recipes to harm you or the environment.

Go to www.sargentsteam.com to see one in action. Pretty amazing little power tool!
mumbofish

Redding, CA

#8 Feb 3, 2009
Sorry it took this long to finally read this article. It's going to take me awhile to think and clean this way. On the clogged toiletbowls just the vineger and the baking soda alone doesn't appear to work, haven't tried the added lemon. A plunger works great, especially for thick amounts of toiletpaper and a stubborn plunger operator.
mumbofish

Redding, CA

#9 Feb 3, 2009
a steam cleaner at 300 degrees? ok.
Raymundo

Poland

#10 Sep 24, 2013
I have ordered 2 times from this website PILLSMEDSHOP. COM . I called yesterday the customer care and asked for a discount as i was about to order twice the regular amount.

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