Most “Green” Cleaning Products Contain Harmful Ingredients

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Green cleaning products are more popular than ever with biodegradable and non-toxic claims, but not all are proven safe for those with chemical sensitivities. One Seattle-based manufacturer, Detox Environmental LLC, maker of non-toxic, hypoallergenic cleaning formulas including Alvára Natural Cleaners ( has recently earned the prestigious Underwriter Laboratories GREENGUARD® Gold certification, proving safe for use in home and schools and those with multiple chemical sensitivities or MCS, an internationally recognized condition with over 3 million people diagnosed.

Alvara Natural Cleaners, by Detox Environmental LLC

Alvara Natural Cleaners

Alvára Natural Cleaners are 1000 times less toxic than most products under the sink.

Mainstream cleaning products containing bleach and other VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) are not likely found under the cabinets of those with chemical sensitivities or concerned with using products safe for the environment, but rather replaced with certified non-toxic products. Sensitive consumers should also be wary of any “green” cleaning products containing fragrances. “Very few, in fact, test safe, if tested at all,” according to internationally recognized environmental engineering expert and University of Washington Professor, Dr. Anne Steinemann. Underwriter Laboratories® state, “GREENGUARD® Gold certified products are recognized, referenced or preferred by more than 400 federal purchasers, retailers, green building rating tools, and building codes around the world.”

GREENGUARD Gold certified Alvára Natural Cleaners contain no carcinogens, no benzyne, no petrochemical solvents, no phthalates, no synthetic fragrances, no bleach, no heavy metals, and no artificial colors or dyes. The product line uses a unique plant-derived formulation that is not only certification specific to emissions, but it is also a sustainable, bio-based product made in the USA.

Common chemical sensitivity triggers found in most cleaning products may include:

  •     Synthetic Fragrances
  •     Alcohol
  •     Bleach
  •     Petrochemical Solvents
  •     Artificial Colors or Dyes
  •     Heavy Metals
  •     Neurotoxins
  •     Carcinogens
  •     Benzyne
  •     Phthalates

Alvára Natural Cleaners contain zero known triggers of chemical sensitivity and prove to be 1000 times less toxic than most products under the sink. Company founders at Detox Environmental understand all too well the damaging effects of toxic cleaning products. Three out of the four co-founders suffer from MCS (Multiple-Chemical Sensitivities), one partner’s wife has fibromyalgia, and another is a disabled veteran with Gulf War Syndrome. Fully committed, the people behind the brand continue to produce certified non-toxic cleaning products suitable enough for their own households as well as public consumers. “It has helped us dramatically, and we want to help others with MCS,” states General Manager Scott Rhodes, inventor of the patent-pending formula.

According to a peer-reviewed study presented to American Society for Microbiology, “up to 16% of those surveyed in recent population studies indicated that they had some degree of hypersensitivity to environmental chemicals.” Perhaps because of recent awareness, more homes and businesses across the globe are switching to certified non-toxic and natural cleaning products, such as:

  • Health Care, Janitorial and Maintenance Workers concerned with Occupational Asthma
  • People with MCS (Multiple-Chemical Sensitivities) or Gulf War Syndrome, wanting to limit exposure to VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in harsh cleaners and improve IAQ (Indoor Air Quality)
  • Parents concerned about child environment and chemical links to Autism
  • Building owners with LEED or CHPS compliant IAQ Best Management Practices
  • The entire state of California after imposing CA Prop 65

What consumers are saying about Alvára Natural Cleaners:
"Your product performed way beyond my expectations. I have used it in all areas of my kitchen (counter tops, appliances, cabinets, floors), and have not been disappointed. The results are spectacular!" - Gaylene H., from Washington

"I was very impressed with this product. I spent hundreds of dollars trying to remove stains from my carpet and this environmental product removed the stains that have been on my carpet for years.” - Dana C., from Virginia

Alvára Natural Cleaners brand challenges consumers to go beyond “green” with certifiably clean, and to try their products proven safe and effective for use around children, people with chemical sensitivities, and pets. Select from a full line of non-toxic cleaning products effective on carpet, porcelain, laminate, stone, tile, grout, and most hard non-porous surfaces. Alvára Natural Cleaners meet UL Greenguard Gold certification, referenced by Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Visit and shop online or call 1-253-929-6386.

About Alvára Natural Cleaners
Alvára Natural Cleaners, a division of Detox Environmental, provides truly green, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, ultra-low emissions household cleaning products specifically engineered for sensitive individuals with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and people concerned about indoor air quality (IAQ). Company products meet FDA requirements and expect to receive USDA BioPreferred certification in January 2015. For more information on Alvára Natural Cleaners, Detox Environmental, and the company’s full line of non-toxic cleaning products, visit or call 1-253-929-6386.

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