Carpet Stain Removers: To have the power to lift serious stains, these products sometimes use percloroethylene, which isn’t only toxic but also can irritate the respiratory system.
Furniture Polish: This one is pretty scary – Most furniture polish achieves that shine with nitrobenzene, a central nervous system toxin that can be absorbed through the skin.
Since I only clean my area rugs twice a year, I don’t worry too much about using the cleaner I do…which isn’t a traditional carpet cleaner such as Bissell’s. I came across one at the pet store when our dog was a puppy as she had them ‘accidents’. Well…that carpet cleaner turned out to be the best thing ever for my braided rugs. I decided that since it worked so well to just keep using it; and, it actually costs less than what I would pay for Bissell’s brand.
Furniture Polish…well only on occasion in my house. I had heard a long time ago these weren’t good for you, or your furniture. And air fresheners, I don’t use either as I would rather simmer cinnamon sticks in water on my stove. I also use vinegar and water or just vinegar to clean surfaces. In fact, vinegar is one of my best friends. I wash my windows with it, my floors, fabrics that need deodorizing…I add it to my wash, I use a mixture of vinegar and water in my hand-held steam cleaner to wash my walls, and more. Vinegar is cost effective, a natural deodorizer, green and doesn’t leave the water-like marks on my laminate flooring like other cleaners do.