Earth Month: Ivette's Top Three Cleaning Myths

Ivette is a trainer at Women's Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES), a non-profit organization helping low-income women in the San Francisco Bay Area establish cleaning service cooperatives that use environmentally-safe methods to protect everyone's health. As a cleaning professional who's experienced the negative effects of cleaning chemicals firsthand, Ivette has discovered three big cleaning myths that have no place on Planet Home: Myth #1: Cleaning Smells Good. The Truth: Clean has no scent! Unless a product uses natural essential oils and botanical extracts like Seventh Generation, if you smell something when the work is done, it's most likely artificial fragrances or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) left behind for your family to breathe! Myth #2: Cleaning is Shiny. The Truth: Clean means clean and nothing more. That strong fresh scent and blinding shine is often the result of synthetic chemicals in conventional cleaning products. You don’t need a strong scent or unnatural shine to do the job. Myth #3: If a Product Doesn't Make Suds, It's Not Working The Truth: We often dump extra detergent into our laundry machines thinking it'll make things cleaner. But the truth is that additional suds have little to do with cleaning power and everything to do with the synthetic sudsing additives many formulas use just to make us think they’re working harder. More from Ivette 5 Cleaning Hotspots - and how to clean them Top 5 Golden Rules for Cleaning