This post kicks off a new series here on the Healthy Home Cleaning blog – “Use This Not That!” I’m going to be tackling a list of some of the most dangerous household cleaners (found here) and giving a rundown on everything you need to know about the harsh chemicals in them, along with information on which Norwex product will do the same job safely and efficiently. How’s that sound? Good? Good!
Today’s dangerous cleaning product I am tackling is Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner.
This shower cleaner is designed to take the elbow grease out of cleaning your shower. Simply press a button and walk away, and the dual sprayer spins 360 degrees around your shower, leaving a penetrating cleaner on all four walls and the tub. It is designed to prevent mold and mildew while removing soap scum and leaving a “fresh, clean scent.”
What the advertisements don’t tell you is that the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning gives this product a big fat “F” on its green cleaning scale. Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Cleaner contains harmful ingredients such as sodium salts and oxygen bleach that cause “high concerns” on the developmental/endocrine/reproductive systems, and some concerns for skin irritation, allergies, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses. This is the last thing I would want sprayed on the walls of the tub I use to bathe my kids.
Aside from that, if you are simply pushing the button and walking away after a shower to let the product do its thing (without doing ANY rinsing or wiping the product off), can you imagine how much chemical build-up is accumulating on your shower walls over time? It might be killing mold and mildew, but it also sounds like it’s turning your shower into a toxic box of chemicals that are only washed away when someone takes a bath or shower. I’ll pass!
So what do I use instead?
As you may already know, the Norwex Descaler is the absolute best product I have ever found for cleaning my bathroom. I cannot say enough good things about this. I have four kids, so I’m sure you can imagine the kind of bathroom cleaning I have to do – there is nothing worse than scrub, scrub, scrubbing my tub, only to surrender with a half-clean surface and a headache to boot.
After giving up on chemicals I tried baking soda and vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and even lemon juice to try and get rid of soap scum, lime build-up, mineral deposits, and crusty stains on brass and copper fittings. They did the trick about as adequately as harsh chemical cleaners, but the process was just as tiring and time-consuming, with more build-up accumulating faster than I could keep up.
Here is a photo of my tub BEFORE the very first time I used Norwex Descaler (as you can see, it’s been a struggle to say the least):
Norwex Descaler also has a very minimal ingredient list:
- orange extract,
- sodium gluconate, glutamic acid, and
- glucuronic acid.
This creates a non-toxic concoction that doesn’t require a large “WARNING” or “DANGER” sign on the label. Who would want to use something with a skull and crossbones on it to clean their home, anyway? Not me!