Hygiene and fast cleaning around the house – can you really only achieve these with chemical cleaners? No, it’s possible without, and even quicker. How? Read on!
Cleaning the household requires a lot of time; time which everyone would surely like to save. Everyone would also like to live in a hygienic household, free from bacteria, unpleasant odours and stains in the bathroom and kitchen which can reduce your quality of life.
Whilst using chemical cleaners, many of you have questioned how good this is for the environment, and whether the manufacturer’s note should contain a warning to those who regularly use explicitly hazardous substances as a means of killing bacteria, tackling limescale and preventing unpleasant odeurs.
Acidic and alkaline household cleaners, disinfectants and scouring creams are not without alternatives. Those who search for substitutes are often pointed towards biodegradable cleaning substances and old domestic remedies which grandma used to swear by to clean her house.
Yet these alternatives are often a lot less efficient and are becomming increasingly expensive. Domestic remedies are often particularly rough cleaning methods, especially when they involve the scrubbing of surfaces. It’s therefore not uncommon for them to damage the targetted surface, making the area all the more susceptible to tougher stains and contamination.
Household cleaners – what are we actually using to clean?
In addition to the effective cleaning agents, liquid, solid and powdered cleaning substances often contain preservatives, artificial colours, suspending agents and fragrances. Much of this is then released into the air of the room you are cleaning. The pollution induced by these substances (which ultimately do not contribute to their purpose as cleaners) is brought to you as an extra hassle before you’ve even starting cleaning.
Acidic household cleaners, which allegedly clean with “the power of lemons”, certainly don’t just contain lemon acid or any form of ethanoic acid. So as to effectively remove limescale and urine deposits in the bathroom, they generally contain hydrochloric acid, amidosulfonic acid, sodium bisulphite or phosphoric acid. The user is often oblivious to the fact that, in addition to the skin irritation and burns and certain cleaners can induce, many surfaces are simply not designed for chemical cleaning treatments. Several types of enamel surface are particularly sensitive to acid – such is the case with bath tubs and tiles, and similar can be said for limestone and marble.
Acidic cleaners are occasionally sold as sprays, which supposedly makes the product easier to use around the house. Nonetheless, the use of acidic cleaners in this form is particularly hazardous. When sprayed, they form an aerosol of fine, free-floating droplets and particles in the air, which can then be inhaled. In poorly ventilated rooms such as bathrooms, an individual’s respiratory passage and organs are particularly liable to irritations – a common issue.
Alkaline household cleaners are commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens, due to their ability to prevent unpleasant odours emerging from e.g. the drains of lavatories and sinks. These cleaners contain large amounts of sodium hydroxide; a very corrosive and reactive substance. They may also contain nitrates, which supposedly prevent dangerous reactions. Yet a by-product ot these various reactions is ammonia, which can seriously irritate the respiratory tract. Alkaline cleaners can also cause severe burns when brought into contact with skin and eyes and, over a long exposure time, the toxic ammonia can severely damage your air passages.
Disinfectants promise a household free from all germs and bacteria. In order to achieve this, however, most of them require a particularly long application time which few people adhere to. Disinfectants can be particularly uneffective when applied onto kitchen work tops as a means of preventing growths of bacteria, such as salmonella. A commonly overlooked problem, is that disinfectants alone are unable to produce clean results, for bacteria begin to colonise the cloths and sponges used to apply them almost immediately; the result being that they are spread all over the targetted surfaces.
In addition to alcohol, certain cleaners contain substances such as sodium hypochlorite, surfactants and benzalkonium chloride.To some extent, these serve as strong and therefore corrosive bleachers. Benalkonium chloride, which is added to household cleaners to combat bacteria, viruses and fungi, brings with it a severe by-effect. Studies have shown that the substance can provoke allergies. For allergy sufferers, an alternative form of aseptic cleaning is therefore advised.
Scouring agents contain surface-active agents and polishing substances. These so-called abrasive cleaners consist of natural minerals and carbonates. The use of surface-active ingredients is not harmless to one’s health, yet ensuring they’re used in low concentration will reduce the risk. A problem with scouring surfaces, is that certain materials are unable to tolerate polishing substances. Even if it’s inivisble to the naked eye, abrasive cleaning methods are often damaging to smooth surfaces. The result of this is that dirt establishes itself and accumulates much more easily in the future. Rough surfaces provide an ideal environment for bacterial growth.
Health risks associated with chemical cleaners
The legislator ensures that all hazardous substances are clearly labelled, including when they are used in household cleaners. Information regarding the protection of health, protection against hazardous substances and environmental protection are also legal requirements, meaning that all relevent details are included on the labels of the cleaning products.
Before being regulated for use in household cleaners, corrosive substances are tested through animal experimentation. Nevertheless, the guideline concentration of certain substances in cleaners and their harmlessness when used in particular quantities, can vary widely depending on the individual household
If you are prone to respiratory tract irritations and allergic reactions in well-ventilated rooms, you should be aware that ventilating a room is often not as straightforward as it seems. Interior bathrooms without windows, or those with very small ventilation ducts, are particularly unfavorable environments for hazardous substances which are released into the air. Modern flats in which the kitchen opens out into the living area are no better suited to chemical fumes. Rather than escaping through windows, the fumes often diffuse into the living area.
The modern alternative to cleaning with chemicals
Thanks to modern methods, you can now clean efficiently, hygienically and without any threats to your health. Indeed, the most effective method of all draws on the power of water, eliminating the need for all chemical cleaners: This is where dry steam comes in.
The Noel Mondo cleaning system uses a combination of dry steam cleaning, vacuuming and air purification to effectively bring hygiene and cleanliness in your household, fulfilling the highest of requirements – all using a single device for every task. With the Noel Mondo, clean without any chemicals whatsoever – nothing but the power of water. Dispose of all chemical cleaners and improve your family’s health.
Why is dry steam the best alternative to household cleaners?
The Noel Mondo’s 147° dry steam removes tough dirt and limescale, effectively killing germs and bacteria in kitchens and bathrooms. In contrast to traditional wet steam cleaners, dry steam consists of scarcely any liquid water, making it an all the more effective and gentle cleaner. As dry steam cleaners are as easy to use as a regular vacuum cleaner and, indeed, can be used as regular vacuums by pushing a button on the handle, enjoy an end-result which is not only hygienic but also completely dry with a single device – no need for washing up afterwards.
Due to its extensive set of attachments, the Noel Mondo’s range of household functions is so vast that it can be used to tackle any cleaning job without fail; the reason for which dry steam is such an efficient alternative to chemical household cleaners.
Dry steam removes bacteria and limescale in the bathroom without the need for any chemicals, scrubbing or polishing in the blink of an eye; bath tubs and showers, wash baisins and toilets as well as tiling are left sparkling clean and dry in a single process with the Mondo’s combined dry steam and vacuum function. Simultaneously save yourself a considerable amount of time and reduce your exposure to chemical fumes.
Hygienic kitchens are equally easy to obtain. All areas that come into contact with food are potential sources of danger, yet the Noel Mondo cleans them with a thoroughness which is impossible to replicate with cloths, sponges and liquid chemicals. Dishes and work surfaces, fridges and ovens gleam as if brand new with a cleanliness that can be preserved long into the future, for dry steam cleaning is as gentle on surfaces as one could ever hope to be.
Tough dirt on carpets and smooth surfaces are also removed with the ease of regular vacuum cleaning. The Noel Mondo’s household applications are limitless.
Cleaning without chemicals – discover it for yourself.
Hygiene and reduced work load, a better quality of life and improved family health – all that you could ever desire, is exactly what we’re offering you. Get to know the Noel Mondo cleaning system and experience a chemical free household with a free cleaning demonstration. Please see our contact form or call us using the given number.