Biodegradable Products What?
Are They Good For Brody?
What Is In It?
Have you ever wondered what those natural cleaning products consist of that actually clean the way they are advertised to? I have! I have always wondered what the role of each natural ingredient plays and if it is indeed effective at cleaning my kitchen counters or removing stains from my carpet. Also, are these ingredients really safe to have in my home around my pets and children?
I have done some research on such natural products as Clorox Green Works and What Products to get to the bottom of this. Right away I started seeing the names of some weird sounding ingredients that I've never heard of before. Alkyl polyglucoside, boric acid, enzymes (I thought that was something that was in your spit), oleic acid, and hydrogen peroxide! I never expected hydrogen peroxide to be in a cleaning product, but then I got to thinking, "We do use it to clean our cuts!" So, I guess it makes sense.
So, I began to dig deeper. What ingredients help these natural products do what they claim to say on the back of the bottle? When I saw boric acid as an ingredient, I thought to myself, "That's what I used to fend off roaches in my college apartment! There's no way they use that in biodegradable cleaning products!" After some research I found that, sure enough, it is a natural ingredient. Boric acid is used for many things besides insecticide and antiseptic. It is also used as a flame retardant and a neutron absorber. As an insecticide, boric acid is poisonous to insects and cuts through their exoskeleton. As a cleaning product, it is able to stabilize the natural cleaning enzymes that break down stains caused by proteins such as blood or grass. Wow! That is very interesting indeed!
Another strange word I found that always gets marked as a misspelled word in my spell check is surfactant. These are compounds that lower the surface tension between liquids or a liquid and a surface. This is indeed, an all natural supplement to a cleaning product. Alkyl polyglucoside, glycerine, lauramine oxide, and oleic acid are all surfactants and help dissolve or remove dirt and bacteria from surfaces. (I think that is why they call them SURFactants)!
There were also some really interesting ingredients that I have also heard of before, like hydrogen peroxide. This is used as a natural bleach for cleaning products because of its water molecules and extra oxygen atoms that do the trick to removing stains without using bleach.
Ethanol is another one I have heard of, but how can they possibly be using it in cleaning products? And Why? To my surprise, I found that ethanol is used in green cleaning products to prevent the stuff from streaking by forcing it to dry quicker.
So this has really intrigued me into purchasing these products and trying them out for myself. After my research I believe it would be extremely safe to bring these products into my home. (They would keep the roaches away, too)!
Read about my adventure below on how What Stain works!
From the people who brought you the odor eliminating spray, What Odor, comes the stain removing spray, What Stain! Yes, I will admit it, after using and falling in love with What Odor, I decided to try another one of the natural products from What Products. I couldn't remember their website address, so I decided to do a Google search for the company. To my surprise, I received a promotional code for finding them on Google! For those of you who will find it from this post, try using the promotional code, 'google' to receive 35% off of your 'odor.' (Haha! Get it?)
Also, found out that if you sign up for their email subscription or like them on Facebook, they run all sorts of promotional or bogo deals all the time! And that is great if you are a green clean freak or spill your cleaning products all of the time! Oh, and don't forget about their free shipping!
Okay, let's get to the point: What Stain. So, after I received my What Stain spray bottle, I put it under the sink. There it lay dormant for over two months! After my girlfriend and her dog, Brody, moved in I had totally forgotten about the What Stain, growing cobwebs under the sink. It never occurred to me that Brody would make a messy mistake on the carpet, then again, he is a dog, and accidents do happen.
Lo and behold, Brody had an accident two months later! I came home from work one night after Brody had been home alone all day and he was as happy as ever to see me. Wagging his tail and running around with his stuffed animal toy, I chased him into the bedroom, probably feeling as happy as he was. I was happy until I reached the start of the bedroom carpet, where I spotted a wet pile of yellow dog puke!
Poor Brody! Wait what am I saying, he was happier than ever! He didn't have to clean the mess up! After picking the pile up and throwing it away, there remained a big fat yellow stain! Yes, you guessed it! It was time to wip out the What Stain!
So I ran to the kitchen, grabbed the bottle, and removed the plastic covering. Rushing back to the bedroom, I began to read the directions:
"Remove solids and blot liquids with clean, white cloth. Ok, did that! Apply a liberal amount of What Stain? to stained area. Allow to penetrate for at least 3 minutes. Gently blot stained area with clean wet white cloth. Work from the edges toward the center of the stain. Vacuum carpet when area is dry. Gosh, I don't want to do that! For difficult stains, repeat procedure allowing product to penetrate and work for 1 hour before blotting. Eliminate tough odors with What Odor? (sold separately). Yes, I knew that!"
So, by this time, I had started working the stain from the outside in. It didn't look like the stain was going to go away just yet. I think Brody's stain fell under the 1 hour plan. The What Stain eventually worked, but it took over three hours of spraying and waiting and blotting. This is my only complaint about this product. To this day, What Odor remains my favorite green cleaning product!
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What About Oxi Clean
After the What Stain incident, I thought, "What about Oxi Clean? Would that have worked better? Maybe, but was it safe for Brody? I did a little research and found that the reason Oxi Clean was so much more effective was because it was potentially dangerous!
One of the ingredients of this product is sodium carbonate. Now, this ingredient may be a natural ingredient, but it may also be harmful! Some harmful results from this ingredient include respiratory tract irritation, damage to the nasal passage, or difficulty breathing when inhaled.
After doing more research I found blog entry about Oxi Clean here: http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/oxiclean.html. According to them, Oxi Clean also contains Ethoxylated Alcohol C12-C16. This ingredient has been linked to diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and not to mention a few other nasty side effects!