Why Eco you may ask?
OK, lets start with you and your body
Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer. Fragrances added to many cleaners, most notably laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers Other ingredients in cleaners may have low acute toxicity but contribute to long-term health effects, such as cancer or hormone disruption.
And now the environment
Most ingredients in chemical cleaners break down into harmless substances during treatment or soon afterwards. Others, however, do not, threatening water quality or fish and other wildlife. Another environmental concern with cleaning products is that many use chemicals that are petroleum-based, contributing to the depletion of this non-renewable resource and increasing our nation’s dependence on imported oil. And some of the plastic bottles used to package some of commercial cleaning products pose another environmental problem by contributing to the mounds of solid waste that must be landfilled, incinerated or, in not enough cases, recycled.
A brief bit of history
Historically the great houses, castles and large estates of Europe had a distillery; The Still Room. Now don’t shoot me down but traditional this area of expertise was overseen by the lady of the house, just saying. Usually found next to the kitchen, The Still Room was where the home cleaning products were created, alongside the medicines, cosmetics and home-brewed beer or wine. Originally, the still room was a very important part of the household and was ran by the lady of the house. Later the still room became the province of the housekeeper. As we rage in to the 21st century and we learn more about how modern day cleaning products are effecting our health, well being and environments the more natural ways of cleaning from our past are beginning to seem like the more appropriate choices for our future.