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Are Natural Cleaning Products Effective? Four Myths Debunked!

Aug 25, 2022

There's a lot of misconception floating around with regard to natural, eco-friendly cleaning products. For a start, many people assume that they’re less powerful than mainstream cleaners, others think that they’re just overpriced marketing fads.  

In this article, we will clear up any confusion for you and deliver the truth about natural cleaning products. 

MYTH 1: ‘Natural cleaning products don't kill germs’

This common concern has become even more prevalent in recent years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to an 80% rise in hand sanitizer sales in February 2020. 

FACT:  The truth is that ‘many natural cleaning products can disinfect as well as clean’,  says hygiene expert Donna Duberg - assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University. And, they accomplish it without exposing you or your family to the harsh chemicals found in traditional cleaning products, which can irritate your skin, eyes, and lungs.

However, all-purpose cleaners and disinfectants are products with separate purposes and should be used differently. For everyday cleaning, a natural cleaning product such as Simply Magic is sufficient for removing dirt, grime, and dust, whereas a disinfectant cleaner is intended to be used only when there is someone sick in the household, for the purpose of removing harmful bacteria. 

MYTH 2️: ‘Natural cleaning products are not as effective as traditional cleaners’

Many people believe this common misconception because natural cleaners don’t contain strong chemicals which are found in traditional cleaning products, such as:

  • Ammonia
  • Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Acetate 
  • Sodium Hypochlorite
  • Trisodium Phosphate 

Unfortunately, many of these chemicals pose a health risk to humans, which is why you’re advised not to mix different cleaning products, to wear protective gloves, and to open your windows when cleaning with them. You can read more about the health risks associated with chemical cleaning products here.

FACT: In most cases, natural cleaners are just as effective as traditional ones, and they contain none of the harsh chemicals mentioned above. The only difference is that chemical cleaners can contain fast-acting chemicals, which means you may save a few seconds of scrubbing, at the cost of exposing yourself and your family to potentially harmful chemicals.

MYTH 3: ‘Every ‘green’ cleaning product is good for the environment’

Most people believe that any product labelled as ‘green’ is, therefore, kind to the environment. 

FACT: Something you may not have realized is that not all ‘green’ cleaning products are actually natural cleaning products. Because there is a market for eco-friendly products, some brands pose as ‘green’, when they still contain harmful, non-natural ingredients. 

For example, a brand may label itself as eco-friendly, or ‘green’, because its packaging is recyclable. But this doesn’t always mean that the product within the packaging is eco-friendly. 

Simply Magic contains all-natural ingredients meaning it can’t have harmful impacts on air quality, it reduces water pollution, and isn’t at risk of harming local ecosystems and wildlife.

See how it compares to other cleaning products here:

A table of ingredients that compares the four natural ingredients in Simply Magic with the ingredients contained in three common natural cleaning products.

MYTH 4️:’ Natural cleaning products are just an expensive fad’

Another common myth is that natural cleaning products are marketed in a way that appeals to many modern consumers, but they aren’t effective cleaners and will go out of fashion as time passes.

FACT: Whilst it’s true that natural cleaning products are becoming more popular, this doesn’t mean they’re going away anytime soon. Green cleaning isn't just a "fad" for overly careful individuals. As more people are becoming aware of the harmful chemicals found in common household cleaners and their long-term health implications, switching to green cleaning solutions is becoming a must.

We hope you found this myth-busting article helpful, and feel more informed about natural cleaning products. 

You may still be unconvinced about the effectiveness of natural cleaning products. If so, why not order a free sample of our Simply Magic all-purpose natural cleaner, to test it for yourself. 



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