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5 Toxic Cleaning Products to Avoid in Green Home Cleaning

5 Toxic Cleaning Products to Avoid in Green Home Cleaning

At Maid Right, we always say that a cleaner home and a greener world should go hand in hand. But that isn’t always easy, especially with the wide availability of environmentally harmful and toxic cleaning products.

If you’re as committed to green home cleaning as we are, you want to avoid hazardous cleaning products in your home. Unfortunately, many common store-bought cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that can leave harmful residues, create dangerous fumes, or cause damage to the local ecosystem. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much work to spot toxic chemicals in household cleaning products. All you need to do is check the label and know which chemicals to look for.

To make green home cleaning easier, the cleaning specialists at Maid Right have rounded up a list of the most commonly used toxic cleaning products on the market. Check for these chemicals when buying your household cleaning products to ensure truly green home cleaning.

Chlorine Bleach

Bleach is one of the most commonly used cleaning and disinfection products on the market. Whether used to whiten laundry, disinfect dishes, or sanitize the bathroom, bleach gets used all over the home. But bleach is also highly toxic when concentrated and can generate poisonous fumes if mixed with other cleaning products.

Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

This powerful corrosive chemical is extremely damaging to both the environment and human beings. Though less commonly used than in the past, lye is still found in chemical cleaners like oven cleaners and drain openers.


Triclosan is one of the most commonly used active chemicals in antibacterial hand soaps and detergents. Not only does triclosan damage water-based ecosystem, like lakes and rivers, it also helps bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. And believe it or not, antibacterial soaps are no more effective than regular soap when washing your hands.

Quats (Quarternary Ammonium Compounds)

Another common antibacterial agent, quats (or quaternary ammonium compounds) are linked to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Long-term exposure to quats is also linked with skin problems like dermatitis.


Commonly used in polishers and glass cleaners, ammonia is prized for its streak-free finish. Unfortunately, its toxicity makes it a poor choice for green home cleaning. Ammonia is a powerful irritant and its fumes are particularly dangerous, especially for those with asthma, bronchitis, or another respiratory condition.

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