4 Toxic Cleaners to Avoid in Your Home

Written by the team at The Bare Home

Many consumers are diligent about choosing cleaning products with the aim of maintaining a clean and safe living environment. However, there are some commonly used items that might harbour unexpected toxic properties, potentially posing risks to both your health and the environment. Here are a few to be on the lookout for:

  1. Air Fresheners
    One surprising culprit is air fresheners, often marketed as innocuous products designed to enhance indoor ambiance. Many commercial air fresheners contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, benzene, and phthalates. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals has been linked to respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and even more severe health issues.

  2. Dryer Sheets
    Commonly used to soften laundry and impart a pleasant scent, dryer sheets are another unexpected source of potential toxins. These sheets often contain a cocktail of chemicals, including fragrance enhancers and fabric softening agents. Some of these chemicals are known to release harmful fumes when heated, posing respiratory risks during the drying process. 

  3. Disinfectant Wipes
    Antibacterial and disinfectant wipes, while intended to keep surfaces germ-free, may also harbour hidden hazards. Many of these wipes contain quaternary ammonium compounds, which have been associated with skin irritation and respiratory problems. Prolonged use of antibacterial products containing these compounds may contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, posing a broader public health concern. 

  4. Glass & Surface Cleaners
    Even seemingly innocuous glass and surface cleaners may contain hazardous ingredients such as ammonia and 2-butoxyethanol. Exposure to these chemicals can lead to irritation of the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. 

Consumers seeking cleaner and safer alternatives should consider opting for products that are eco-friendly and non-toxic. Reading ingredient labels, choosing products with fewer synthetic fragrances, and exploring natural cleaning solutions from natural brands like The Bare Home can help minimize exposure to unexpected toxins, fostering a healthier home environment for both your family and the planet. 



The Bare Home is a beautiful collection of effective and clean products for the environment that are biodegradable, phosphate free, and dye free. Founder Ashley James became very conscious of sustainable living during her time in Germany; she loved the simple things people were doing in their daily lives to be more environmentally conscious and she quickly began to adopt this "new" way of life, bringing her knowledge back to the Canadian landscape years later. The Bare Home products are never tested on animals and only scented with high quality essential oils, each product is clean convenience that you and your family can feel good about.

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