Ecological cleaning products exist in great quantities and many of them are also environmentally labelled. It is often possible to do without cleaning products altogether by using microfiber cloths and natural chemicals such as vinegar and salt. The excessive use of cleaning products is widespread and damaging to the environment. The chemicals do not disappear when they enter the sewage system, but end up in the ocean. Many chemicals are still active and can damage bio-systems. Even though chemicals may decompose in nature it may take a long time and also the decomposition products can be more damaging than the original substances. It is safest to avoid unnecessary use of chemicals altogether and use small amounts if possible.
Detergents and softening agents
It is best to buy detergents that are Swan-labeled because there is very little chance that they will prove allergy provoking. Besides, swan-labeled production is more benign to the environment. There also exist biological detergents that are worth trying. It should be kept in mind that people can be very sensitive to detergents. Some people feel nothing at all while other’s get rashes all over. In exceptional cases people can be allergenic to environmentally friendly detergents or biological detergents. It is also possible to be allergic to ordinary soap because of the chemical cocamidopropyl betaine. Therefore it is important to do the most sensible thing and find which detergents are best for everybody in the family. Softening agents should be used sparingly. Usually it is enough to use only half of the recommended detergent amount, since water in Iceland is much softer than in most of Europe.
Náttúran er „Hreinlætisvörur“, Náttúran.is: Nov. 23, 2012 URL: http://nature.is/d/2007/06/21/hreinltisvrur/ [Skoðað:April 25, 2019]Efni má nota eða vitna í samkvæmt almennum venjum sé heimilda getið með slóð eða fullri tilvitnun hér að ofan.
skrifað: June 21, 2007
breytt: May 2, 2014