What's Under Your Sink?

Jill - posted on 04/02/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




What's Under Your Sink?

Carpet Cleaners

-extremely toxic to children. The fumes given off by carpet cleaners can cause cancer and liver damage.


-The Chemical most frequently involved in household poisonings and a potent pollutant. May cause reproductive, endocrine and immune system disorders.


-may contain petroleum distillates and butylcelosolve, which can damage lung tissues and dissolve fatty tissue surrounding nerve cells.

Drain Cleaners

-one of the most hazardous products in the home. Can contain lye, which is a strong caustic substance that causes severe corrosive damage to eyes, skin mouth, and stomach. Can be fatal if swallowed.

Glass Cleaners

-may contain ammonia. Fumes from ammonia can irritate skin, eyes, and respiratory system.

Mold & Mildew Removers

-often an acute respiratory irritant. May damage lungs, eyes and skin.

Oven Cleaners

-one of the most dangerous cleaning products. Can cause severe damage to eyes, skin, mouth, throat.

Scouring Cleansers

-may contain butyl cellosolve, a petroleum-based solvent that can irritate mucous membranes and cause liver and kidney damage.

Toilet Bowl Cleaners

-one of the most dangerous cleaning products. Can contain chlorine and hydrochloric acid. Harmful to health simply by breathing during use.

Tub & Tile Cleaners

-can contain chlorine and may contribute to the formation of organocholorines, a dangerous class of compounds that can cause reproductive, endocrine and immune system disorders.

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Lyndsay - posted on 04/25/2010




I have a lot that aren't exactly "green", but I don't use them all that often. I have Vim (with baking soda, not bleach) for my bathroom tiles, Windex for my windows, and some oven cleaner. I also have a carpet shampooer so I have the solution for that, but I use it about twice a year and after my son is in bed.

I make my own household cleaner, and I use baking soda and vinegar to clean my drains. I also use candles and incense to scent my home, not aerosol cans and things like that.

Sheryl - posted on 04/15/2010




I use mostly vinegar and bicarb. Here in australia there is a woman called Shannon Lush who has written a few books, speaks on radio etc. She is really good and she has good tips like clove essential oil for mould. And only recommends more extreme chemicals when thats the best thing to get a particular stain out.

Leilani - posted on 04/09/2010




I use pink solution on everything, I believe is based in Vancouver B.C. Canada! It doesn't have a strong smell so you can really tell if you have cleaned properly. You can use on food too. I have a bottle of oxygen bleach made by nature clean instead of chlorine...for emergency purposes...they recommend to have chlorine on hand for emergency if water can't be sterilized e.g. earthquake situation.

Jill - posted on 04/08/2010




Hi Anne-Marie - That's great that you are already using green cleaners! The traditional "stuff" is just no good for you or your home. So many of us have been programmed to think that "clean" has to be associated with the fumes of Clorox bleach!!

I have a stainless steal sink, but I really think a product called Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste would work like a charm in your sink. This product truly cleans the impossible for me. I use it on my flat top stove, oven, shower, etc. It cleans rust around the drains, scale in the shower, and even burnt off food in the oven....I absolutely love it.

A product called Basic H is amazing too. This is a concentrated household product and I literally use it to clean everything in my house, from counters, to tile/wood floors, to windows! You add water to a very minimal bit of the concentrate, so there is less weight to ship, less product to use, less packaging to throw away! You can clean your house, knowing that you are keeping the planet clean too! This product literally lasts forever so you also save a ton of money. They say if you used the concentrate for window cleaner alone, you'd be able to make over 9,000 bottles of ready to use cleaner, or 384 bottles of all-purpose cleaner or 64 bottles of degreaser! Amazing.

If you want more info, please let me know. I'd be happy to email you specific info, call you, or whatever. You can also check out my website at: http://jillmalloy.myshaklee.com.

Anne-Marie - posted on 04/08/2010




most of my cleaning items are green, the only cleaner i use thats not is the bleach for the sink as i havent found anything to get it really clean with apart from bleach (its a cream plastic sink) if you have any ideas i will be greatful :D

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