Health FAQs with Sweet and Green Cleaning


What’s in the House Cleaning products you use?

Manufacturer’s will claim it is safe and to adhere to directions of use and danger/warning and caution for ingestion. But this is for the short term. What happens when these products sit around our home long term? What happens when we are exposed by the chemicals that are extremely toxic, flammable or corrosive. A New York Poison Control Center study found 85% of product warning labels to be inadequate.

In everyday household chemicals you will find Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) , petrochemicals and chlorinated compounds- these highly toxic chemicals and gases were first used in World War I. Chlorine is found in common housecleaning products like bleaching and sanitizing agents, dry cleaning solvents, bathroom cleaners and pesticides.

Educate yourself/read labels! What are you exposing yourself to as a risk to your health? We here at Sweet and Green Cleaning make sure to use all non toxic cleaning products to ensure that our employees and customers aren’t exposed to these hazardous agents.

What are in the products you are using?

Product Health Risks
Aerosols May contain propane and solvents. Can irritate eyes and respiratory system.
All Purpose Cleaners May contain toxins that can be absorbed through the skin or by breathing. Can contain organic solvents (neurotixins, benzene, morpholine) which can cause liver and kidney damage.
Antibacterial Soaps. Lotions, sprays May contain pesticides/ammonia, can encourage growth of antibiotic-resistant organisms.
Automatic Dishwasher Detergents Often contain chlorine compounds and detergents with a high concentration of phosphates, which are harmful to waterways and fish.
Chlorine Bleach It is the most frequently used chemical in household poisonings and is a potent environmental pollutant. It can can cause reproductive, endocrine and immune system disorders.
Degreasers May contain kerosene, which can damage lunch tissues and dissolve fatty tissue surrounding nerve cells.
Deodorizers/Air Fresheners May contain Naphthalene and formaldehyde, a carcinogen and respiratory irritant.
Disinfectants May contain phenol, formaldehyde, cresol, ammonia and/or chlorine (none of which kills all germs)-either together or separately.
Dishwashing Liquids Most frequent cause of childhood poisonings.
Drain Cleaners The most hazardous products found in the home. They contain lye and hydrochloric and sulfuric acid.
Dry Cleaning Toxic emissions may pollute indoor air quality and enter our bodies.
Fragrances Made from petroleum-based chemicals. Can irritate skin, eyes and allergies.
Glass Cleaners Some contain ammonia, a poison that can irritate skin, eyes and the respiratory system. May contain methanol, a toxin that causes blindness.
Laundry detergents Slow to biodegrade and can release carcinogens and reproductive toxins during manufacture.
Metal Polishes May release toxic fumes (ammonia, phosphoric and sulfuric acid). Could have hormone-disrupting affects.
Mold and Mildew Removers May contain chlorine and pesticides that could damage lungs, eyes and skin.
Oven Cleaners The most dangerous household cleaning agent. It can cause severe corrosive damage to eyes, skin, mucous membranes, mouth, throat, esophagus and stomach. Can be fatal if swallowed.
Toilet Cleaners Among the most hazardous products found in the home. Contain chlorine and hydrochloric acid. Harmful to health simply by breathing during use.
Tub, Tile and Sink Cleaners Can contain chlorine which can form compounds that cause reproductive, endocrine and immune system disorders.