Why you should avoid these four cleaning chemicals that cause skin problems
Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and painful dry skin can be caused by the chemicals in your home. Soaps, cleaning chemicals, and fragrances can irritate skin, causing a variety of painful and frustrating symptoms. The following four chemicals are known to cause skin problems in animals, children, and adults.
Sodium lauryl sulfate
This chemical is commonly found in cleaning products, detergents, and cleaners. It’s a surfactant, designed to break down surface tension to allow a better clean of the area. It is known to be a skin irritant and the advice from many health agencies is to avoid it. Read the ingredients list and find something without SLS. Polysorbate 20 or cocoabetaine are eco-friendly replacements that are not irritants.
This group of chemicals are used to alter the structure of the product. Found in many cleaning products, the health risks run far beyond just skin irritation. Xanthum gum is a safe thickening agent that can be used in place of phthalates.
A generic term, these mixes could contain a number of things and they have been linked to allergies and dermatitis. Luckily, this group of harmful chemicals are easily avoided by using essential oils to fragrance your home. (And, as a bonus, often essential oils have health benefits!).
Quarternary ammonium compounds and triclosan are the main culprits here, and both are completely not needed. As well as providing no real benefit over soap and water, they risk creating ‘super-bugs’ that are antibiotic resistant. They irritate skin, and can dry it out and cause flaking and scaly patches. With plenty of natural antibiotics such as cinnamon, Manuka, and lemongrass, there are other ways to gain this quality without the harm to skin.
‘Greenwashing’ your products
When you’re next at the supermarket, take a look at the packaging. Many products will proclaim it’s ‘green’ or ‘natural’, but very few are. Read the ingredients label and if they have the chemicals listed above, be aware they may not be what they claim to be.
Beyond Tom Yum: Lemongrass, the Asian herb with three amazing properties
Lemongrass is best known for its fresh citrusy scent and the role it plays in Thai cooking. Here at Dream Eco Products, we recognise it has so much more to offer which is why we have a line of products featuring lemongrass essential oil. So why did we decide to use it in our products?
Quite aside from the fact that it’s a natural product and eco-friendly to use as a cleaner, it has a number of other benefits. It contains a compound called citral, which has strong anti-microbial properties, and geraniol, which is an excellent insect repellent but also attracts bees, so is environmentally friendly.
Lemongrass is an insect repellent
Because it has citral and geraniol compounds, lemongrass is effective as an insect repellent. Mosquitoes and ants in particular are deterred by lemongrass. Use some in your surface cleaner on your kitchen bench and wave goodbye to ants.
It effectively deodorises
A little bit of lemongrass oil goes a long way to banishing unpleasant odours. If someone microwaves fish in the tearoom at work, a quick wipe of the interior of the microwave with a lemongrass cleanser will cut through the smell! Furthermore, a study in 2009 found that lemongrass vapours reduced airborne bacteria by 89%. So not only are you deodorising, but you are reducing your risk of illness.
The scent is also known to help with anxiety and insomnia, and can even help to relieve tension headaches.
Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
Citral and Limonene are the compounds that help to kill bacteria and fungi. Studies have shown that ringworm, candida, and athletes foot can be avoided by washing down surfaces with lemongrass oil. A 2012 study found that lemongrass disrupted a staph infection, making it a perfect addition to your kitchen cleaning kit.
With so many helpful benefits, lemongrass is an essential oil that is perfect for use in the bathroom and kitchen. Great for showers and floors to eradicate athletes foot fungus, and fantastic on benchtops to eliminate odour.
Cinnamon for cleaning, the antibiotic, antimicrobial and antifungal spice
Not just delicious sprinkled on your hot chocolate or mochaccino, cinnamon has a host of other uses. The powder and essential oil are derived from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree, which is mainly grown in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, and Burma. It’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial.
Cinnamon has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years for a variety of ailments. There are two types of cinnamon- Ceylon and Cassia. They both have similar health benefits, although Cassia contains more coumarin, a compound that can be harmful in large doses.
Anti-microbial, anti-biotic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral
How amazing that one spice can have so many fantastic qualities. Cinnamaldehyde is the active compound that makes cinnamon smell and taste amazing, and it also imparts health benefits. It stops the growth of fungi including Candida. Cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties mean it can be used as a natural food preservative. Because it is so effective in killing fungi, it’s excellent in the garden as a natural fungicide!
It makes you more intelligent
The scent of cinnamon enhances cognitive processing! It improves attention, memory, and visual-motor speed.
It can help with immunity
A study of an essential oil blend which included cinnamon showed that it weakened the influenza virus infection rate.
Cinnamon oil helps with circulation and can relieve headaches
The cinnamon scent increases circulation by expanding blood vessels. As a result, headaches may be reduced by burning a few drops in your oil burner.
We here at Dream Eco Products have a range of cinnamon & tangerine cleaners. Using the concentrated power of cinnamon essential oil, not only do these cleaners kill the nasties that live on your kitchen and bathroom surfaces, but they also smell amazing. The cinnamon scent may even help repel mosquitoes! Check out our range of cinnamon and tangerine products here.
Not only do our cleaners smell great, we have road-tested them extensively as we know they work. They are eco-friendly, non-toxic, and safe for use around plants, kids, and pets. So for naturally scented, reliable, and powerful products, give them a try.
Use stain & mould surface cleaner to remove mould and stop it coming back!
New Zealand is known for having cold, old homes. Unfortunately, we also suffer from a cold, wet climate. This combination of factors often leads to mould and mildew on walls, ceilings, and around windows. Sometimes, no matter how much you leave the window open, humidity, poor airflow, and inadequate insulation leads to mould.
There are many products out there, most using strong toxic chemicals. While they might remove the existing mould, strong bleaches can damage walls, drip onto carpets, and it doesn’t actually kill the mould. So how can you resolve the mould?
Dream Eco Product’s stain and mould surface cleaner.
Why does this stain and mould surface cleaner work?
White vinegar is acidic making it ideal for breaking down stains. It also is incredibly effective and kills 82% of mould species. It can also help to prevent mould from coming back as it penetrates the surface and kills the roots of the fungus.
Lemon essential oil
Lemon is a natural disinfectant with mild bleach properties. It can help kill bugs such as e. coli and salmonella too, making this an ideal cleaner for your benchtop and bathroom too.
Lavender essential oil
Often used as a scent, lavender oil has been shown to help alleviate headaches, and can help with sleep. It’s also anti-microbial and anti-fungal, making it ideal as a part of the mould-fighting trilogy of ingredients in this amazing cleaner.
How to use the cleaner to get rid of mould and stains
Apply the cleaner to a cloth and spread over the affected surface area. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wash off with warm water. The anti-fungal properties will continue to work for a long time afterwards. This cleaner also makes a great regular cleaner for bathrooms, particularly as a degreaser for shower walls, and will help prevent mould from forming.
What else can this cleaner do?
This product also is fantastic for removing nicotine stains from walls and is an excellent spot treatment for a variety of smudges and smears that seem to appear (especially with children!). It cleans natural wood without staining, making it ideal to remove mildew from saunas. Try rubbing a little on taps and sinks, it makes stainless steel gleam.
It also can be used as a spot remover on clothing and carpets. Ensure you patch test first to establish that it doesn’t harm the fabric. For clothing, dab a little on and then wash as normal. For carpets, apply with a damp cloth, let sit for a few minutes, then sponge the cleaner- and the stain- off!
What an amazing, multi-purpose, strong cleaner. Not only is it versatile and does a great job, but it also is safe, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. Get yours here.
Follow these tips and you will have a sparkling clean kitchen in no time!
The kitchen can be a difficult place to get clean, as grease seems to attract more dirt and makes it stick. Here are a few tips to get your kitchen clean, easily!
How to clean your microwave
Cleaning the inside of your microwave is simple- just fill a jug with water, place in the microwave, and run the microwave for a few minutes. Let the water boil, and leave the steam to coat the inside of the microwave for a few minutes. Wipe with a damp cloth.
Sticky cupboard doors? No problem!
This is one of my least favourite tasks. Handles get greasy and dirty from use, and the dirt can sneak up on you. They are also so fiddly to clean. So what’s the best way? A 1:1 white vinegar/ water mix, in a spray bottle with a bit of dishwashing liquid. If the stains are really stuck on, make a paste of baking soda and oil and scrub. Alternately, use of the Dream Eco surface cleaner on a cloth and wipe on. This range also offers a choice of scents from essential oils, so your home will always smell amazing.
The top of cupboards attract a lot of dust and dirt. Spray on the vinegar solution, sprinkle with baking soda, let sit for a while, and then use an old credit card to scrape the dirt off. Magic!
Sink and tap calcium build-ups
These are surprisingly easy to clean without scrubbing. Soak a towel in vinegar, place the towel over the stained area, and leave for a few hours. Similarly, put vinegar in a plastic bag and tie around a tap to let the acid dissolve build-ups and deposits. Not only will it sparkle, but the water will flow freely from the tap again.
Stainless steel surfaces
They may look good, but they collect sticky fingerprints easily! Use some of Dream Eco Products detergent with warm soapy water to fix this- wipe with a microfiber cloth, easy! The dishwashing liquid is amazing on stainless steel.
Don’t scrub pots with burnt-on food
Don’t needlessly scrub (unless you want an arm workout!). Put the pot back on the stove, with enough water to cover all the burnt parts. Simmer on a low heat with baking soda, or vinegar, or dishwashing liquid.
The inside of your fridge is tricky to get clean, with crevices and corners. Remove everything from the fridge. The shelves are easiest to wash with warm soapy water in the sink. The inside can be washed with warm soapy water too. If the drain at the back is blocked, use a skewer to clear (it’s amazing how peas manage to get stuck in there!). Use a toothbrush to get the difficult corners clean.