The Dirt on Cleaning Products

Ahh, a clean home. It’s one of the most rewarding feelings. You’ve scrubbed the bathrooms, wiped down the kitchen, and vacuumed the floors. No dust or grime in sight and now it’s time to relax. But if we could see beyond our clean home and see what else our cleaning products are doing, we would find a different scenario.

That toilet cleaner you scrubbed your toilet with contains the most acutely dangerous ingredients on the market leading to severe burning of the lungs. The lovely aroma of spiced apple or lavender fields you sprayed all over your house actually contains chemicals known to cause asthma and hormone imbalances in otherwise healthy people. The antibacterial cleaner you sprayed your countertops with actually encourages the growth of drug resistant super bugs. The household cleaners we have come to know and love are actually making our homes, our health, and our environment dirtier.


All commercial cleaners contain toxic chemicals that fall into these categories:

Carcinogens – which cause or promote cancer

Endocrine disruptors – which mimic human hormones and cause false signals within the body and lead to issues such as infertility, premature puberty, miscarriage, menstrual issues, ADHD and even cancer.

Neurotoxins – which affect brain activity and cause issues such as headaches and memory loss


1. Artificial fragrances found in air fresheners and cleaning products

Synthetic fragrances are known hormone disruptors. Meaning they mimic your hormones and cause significant imbalances. These synthetic fragrances may smell lovely but their effects on the body are anything but. They trigger allergies, headaches and migraines, asthma and even lead to infertility issues. Just don’t use them. They’re horrible.

2. Bleach and ammonia

Separately these cleaners produce fumes with high acute toxicity to eyes, nose, throat and lungs and should not be used by people with asthma or lung issues. Used together, these products produce a a toxic gas that can cause serious lung damage.

3. Products that create suds

ngredients such as 1,4-dioxane, diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), sodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds, etc. are known carcinogens linked to organ toxicity.

In addition to acute and long-term health issues, many of these chemicals pose health hazards to the environment too. When these cleaners are used in sinks, bathtubs or showers, they go down the drain and may threaten water quality or wildlife. Sudsing agents in shampoos, liquid soaps and detergents and phosphates used to soften hard water in detergents pose a huge threat to our water supply.

4. Antibacterial products

The ingredients used to kill bacteria in these soaps can can encourage the development of drug-resistant superbugs.


At City Maid Green, we believe in a cleaner clean. That’s why we’ve harnessed the power of mother nature herself to create safe and effective cleaning products.

• No Sodium Lauryl Sulfates of any kind, just plant based soaps
• Essential oils for fragrance
• Naturally anti-bacterial and anti-viral by the power of herbs
• Organic and non-toxic
• Non-polluting easily biodegradable ingredients
• Cruelty free

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