But what makes something naughty? And what makes them nice?
When it comes to the type of products we use to clean our homes, there are some new standards to the naughty and nice list. “Nice” doesn’t just mean that cleaning gets rid of germs or leaves a pleasant smell. There are new ways of doing things, but you have to read between the lines. For example, Norwex microfiber “removes 99% of bacteria when used correctly” by wiping up the bacteria, leaving them to die a natural death in the cloth. Because of the microsilver embedded in the cloth, bacteria cannot reproduce so they die without leaving behind more bacteria. However, their chemical competitor “kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses” with a toxic solution sprayed on the surface, while releasing airborne chemicals and leaving a residue. We usually pair the spray bottle with a wad of paper towels and feel satisfied by the smell of “clean.”
So what’s so naughty about that? The germs are dead!
Well, chemicals are mischievous. You don’t have to ingest them to cause health issues or throw them directly into the ocean to be responsible for environmental issues. Chemicals have more subtle ways of getting through via our lungs and skin. They more indirectly affect our waterways and chew through our forests due to our paper towel demands. If you want the scoop check out the flyer below for an overview and visit some of our previous blog posts for more in-depth information.