Last year, California became the first state to legally require manufacturers of cleaning products to disclose their ingredients. It means that every chemical, every fake scent, every input in the cleaning formula, has to be included on the ingredients list.
Why does this matter?
With the Roundup case in the media and recent studies showing that our long-trusted bleach is actually harmful to our health, it’s becoming clear that we simply don’t know what’s in our cleaning products, and we don’t know the implications of what we are using. The active ingredient in Roundup is Glyphosate, which has no side effects in humans but has been demonised. Yet we’ve happily used bleach for years, exposing ourselves and our children to it.
This step of demanding complete transparency allows (mostly) women to take steps to protect themselves and their families from harm-causing compounds and potential allergens.
Why is this important for New Zealand?
Currently in New Zealand, manufacturers aren’t required to disclose precisely what is in their products. Some known hazardous chemicals are to be listed, but only if they are over set limits. Manufacturers can claim that their ingredients are confidential and that disclosing their formulas risk exposing their trade secrets.
However with the increased bogus claims of ‘fake’ green or eco-positive claims alongside increased understandings of chemicals that are harm causing, it’s time this practice was made clean.
The New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust
You may be familiar with the clean, green, environmental choice tick that is present on a range of cleaning products. This is the closest thing New Zealand has to identifying everything on a labelling list. However it still is not clear what is in the products. While known endocrine disruptor phthalates are excluded, fake fragrances are still allowed. We simply do not know enough about the outcomes of use of these.
You can trust us.
Here at Dream Eco products, we list all our ingredients on our labels. It’s right there for you to see. We’ve researched and studied the chemicals and we only use the ones we know are safe. In a world of fake, we offer cleaning products that we KNOW are safe- so we know we can be 100% transparent with our customers.
Essential oils are excellent for cleaning- not only are a number of them naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, but they offer extra benefits for your health and home.
An antibacterial oil, lavender oil is gentle and smells amazing. Known to alleviate headaches and help with sleep and alleviating depression, it is excellent for use in the home. Long used by the Egyptians and Romans for bathing and purifying, its antibacterial and antiviral qualities make it an easy contender for the top five cleaning essential oils.
Anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-septic, lemongrass is a great essential oil to have around the home. The best part about it is that it is a natural deodoriser. Wipe down benches to remove food and cooking smells, or use in the bathroom to banish any lingering unpleasant odours. It’s also a natural insect repellent!
Anti-microbial, this is the oil that many people turn to when colds and viruses strike. Eucalyptus oil helps to relieve colds and coughs, cleaning airways and helping with decongesting. A spray around the home helps to disinfect the air in the home- and also to deter flies and other pests.
Orange and lemon citrus oils
Citrus oils contain a compound called myrcene (also found in hops, this is an essential ingredient in beer!) that make them great essential oils for cleaning. Orange and lemon oils are anti-septic, anti-biotic, and it smells great- many modern cleaners have orange-based scents. It’s also excellent at cutting through greasy kitchen dirt, making this an ideal addition to any eco-positive cleaning regime!
We know cinnamon is delicious, great to eat as part of a healthy diet and it smells amazing. But it’s so much more than that! Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years for its Ayurvedic health benefits, including anti-microbial and antifungal benefits. It’s also a deodoriser, making it a great part of your cleaning regime.
You want a cleaner that is effective, yet eco-friendly. It is entirely possible to satisfy both of these requirements- and even add some health benefits too!
Eco-friendly cleaning product
Dream Eco products have developed their all-purpose cleaner with no harmful chemicals, no artificial scents and phthalates, and nothing that can’t be used around children and pets. Safe for septic tanks, gardens and bees, everything in our products we have road tested and used in our own homes, with our families. Unlike bleach, which can cause irreversible lung damage, our products are safe for people and the environment.
Effective all-purpose cleaner
Our cleaner works wonders on all surfaces, for all your needs. Bathroom porcelain, kitchen stainless steel and all bench tops- stone, concrete, marble, formica, laminate and timber. Dream Eco cleaners are also excellent for wiping down painted timber skirting, windowsills, door frames and doors.
Extra benefits for your home and health
We have five amazing scents, which all offer a range of benefits beyond cleaning. Our fly off cleaner has eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils which smell fresh and also deter flies from landing (or even entering) your home. Our stain and mould cleaner uses the power of vinegar to kill mould and mildew, including the roots. It has lemon and lavender essential oils so the house still smells fresh and clean after using it
We have three other beautiful scented all purpose natural cleaners. All harness the power of essential oils to smell amazing and provide extra benefits to your house and health. Lemongrass and lime is great for a home that has odour issues- lemongrass is an odour repellent – use in your bathroom and kitchen to minimise smells. Our cinnamon and tangerine all-purpose cleaner is one of our best sellers because the cinnamon essential oil is not only anti-bacterial, but infuses a warming , delicious scent throughout your home. If you want your home to smell crisp and fresh, the pine and sweet orange cleaner refreshes and leaves your house smelling sweetly citrus.