Everyone loves that smell of a just-cleaned home. It somehow justifies the time and effort we put into the actual cleaning when we walk into a room and are immediately overwhelmed with the ‘fresh scent’. What’s actually creating that scent and why we associate a ‘chemical covered in flowers’ smell to be a good one, are causes for concern. A survey released by the Environmental Health Perspectives journal found Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are the chemical culprits, released from common cleaning products, and even ones labeled as “green”. These products are our common cleaning companions, disinfectants, aerosols, and air fresheners, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Shockingly, and very much in contrast to why these cleaners are used, an average of 1 to 8 toxic or harmful chemicals were released amongst the average of 17 VOCs per product. The Consumer Product Information Database is attempting to close this misinformation gap by providing a comprehensive list of most household cleaners and their ingredients, specifically whether they are a “Chemical of Concern” or not. These include, amongst many others, Formaldehyde, Acetone, Ethanol, and Terpenes, which are found heavily in fragrance-intensive cleaning concoctions. In the short term, VOCs and indoor air pollution may just be a small irritant brushed aside as something else (i.e. headaches, nausea, worsening of asthma, or eye, nose, and throat irritation). Continued and repeated exposure though can lead to tumors, cancer, a decrease in organ function, and nervous system damage.
The green side of natural fragrance when cleaning
These products that are meant to keep us and our families healthy and safe, are actually the ones causing the damage. The irony is tangible and overwhelming, but there is a solution. The natural answer…essential oils. Essential oils have long been used for aromatherapy and general health and well-being remedies, now earning their fame as a staple in eco-friendly, cruelty-free, all-natural cleaning products. Extracted from plants and maintaining their natural aromas, these fragrant oils are more than meets the nose. Clean Clean only uses natural, essential oils to add calming fragrances to their vegan cleaning products. Not only do these oils give you that same freshly cleaned home feeling, but they also encourage absolute peace of mind. Check out what Clean Clean is bringing to the table…and the floor, and the bathroom, and the kitchen counters.
Essentially Clean Clean Natural Scent
These essential oils fill your home with that same ‘just-cleaned’ smell without any of the chemicals. Not to mention the individual oils have some fairly impressive properties of their own.
Fragrance: Mandarin features an exotic and sweet mixture that’s definitely there but doesn’t overwhelm. Citrus is shown to be an uplifting scent, one that’s both calming and mood-balancing simultaneously. Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Mandarin oil has been applied as a healing tool for thousands of years.
Natural Properties: Mandarin boasts natural antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties shown by research to preserve food against bacteria and fungi. Even mold spores were reduced by applying Mandarin oil, performing most effectively when compared to other citrus oils. This all-in-one oil is definitely something you want on your side.
Fragrance: Lightly floral and reminiscent of a spring morning, Lavender is a scent almost everyone knows and loves. Calming, anxiety-reducing, and fresh, Lavender essential oil adds a spa-like feeling to our cleaning products that puts any chemical to shame.
Natural Properties: Well-known as a natural disinfectant, Lavender oil has long been added to cleaning products as an extra boost of antimicrobial assistance. Alongside its own fresh scent, it’s also commonly used as a natural odor reducer, ensuring those hard to get smells aren’t just masked, they’re gone. Lavender really does give a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘essential oil.’
Fragrance: True to its name, Cedarwood has that unique, woodsy scent that brings us all back to a long walk in the woods after a rainstorm. Shown to clear the air and your mind, this relaxing, outdoor-inspired fragrance is slightly sweet and intoxicatingly non-toxic.
Natural Properties: Antimicrobial by nature, Cedarwood is a not as commonly used essential oil in cleaning products, but just as effective at killing bacteria and fungi nonetheless. On top of its surface applications, Cedarwood oil can prevent mildew and deodorize the air. Not too shabby for one oil.
Fragrance: This chameleon of an oil produces a complex aroma with a base of earthy musk and notes of sweetness. Said to aid in reducing depressive symptoms and easing anxiety, Patchouli oil is full of some much-needed surprises.
Natural Properties: With its extensive history in Southeast Asia as a healing oil and insecticide, Patchouli is also naturally antibacterial and antifungal. Recent studies found that this germ-fighting essential oil reduced the growth of some bacteria on the same level as chemical, liquid hand soap.
Fragrance: Amyris follows Patchouli’s suit with its multifaceted aromas of cedary sweetness. Its enveloping warmth encourages anxiety reduction, restoring balance to the mind or body, and is perfect for periods of calming meditation. Known as a more common alternative to sandalwood, this essential oil is valuable, to say the least.
Natural Properties: Amyris, a natural antiseptic, has been used effectively for wound care throughout Asia for generations. Inhibiting bacterial growth is just one skill on Amyris’ resume, as natural insecticide makes the list too. Who wouldn’t want a little extra bacteria-fighting help in their cleaning products?
Fragrance: Basil has a unique aroma that combines a sweet, crispness with a deeper, peppery undertone. The aroma given off by Basil essential oil is commonly used to improve mood and alertness, adding some welcomed pep to your cleaning products.
Natural Properties: This seemingly common herb, when utilized as an essential oil has been shown to inhibit bacterial growth from numerous strains, including the dreaded E-coli. Its effectiveness is so certain, it's starting to be used to fight nosocomial infections, or hospital-acquired infections.
Fragrance: As it is of the citrus family, Bergamot boasts the same crisp, sweet scent as its cousins, lemon and lime. Its light and airy aroma has been shown to naturally reduce stress and uplift moods, making it a valuable addition to any home cleaning product.
Natural Properties: Amongst its many abilities, Bergamot is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic, making it the ideal sidekick to all-purpose cleaners. Particularly effective against food-borne bacteria, this essential oil is tougher than its citrusy scent would have you believe.