It’s time to clean up your clean­ing prod­ucts

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The prod­ucts you need to purge from your beauty cabi­net.


YOU’D NEVER SAB­O­TAGE a train­ing pro­gram with a heavy smok­ing habit, right? But there’s a sur­prise of­fender that could be just as detri­men­tal to your work­outs (and health). The ev­ery­day clean­ing prod­ucts tucked un­der your sink can have the same suf­fo­cat­ing ef­fects on lung func­tion.

A study re­cently pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal Of Res­pi­ra­tory And Crit­i­cal Care Medicine links toxic clean­ing prod­ucts to a greater risk of de­vel­op­ing breath­ing and lung prob­lems. Over 20 years of re­search proved that, in the long run, con­sis­tent ex­po­sure to clean­ing chem­i­cals is likely to cause sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to lungs — equiv­a­lent to smok­ing 20 cig­a­rettes a day. Even if you only break out the toi­let cleaner once a fort­night, wouldn’t you rather use some­thing that doesn’t re­quire you to hold your breath?

“I was de­ter­mined to find safe, af­ford­able, toxic-free clean­ing prod­ucts that smelt fab­u­lous and worked,” says Jessica Brag­don, co-founder of Koala Eco. Work­ing with her hus­band, Brag­don har­nessed the power of na­tive plant in­gre­di­ents to cre­ate a line-up of ef­fec­tive prod­ucts that are 100 per cent biodegrad­able and eco-friendly.

“Aus­tralia is full of po­tent and dis­tinc­tive flora not found any­where else in the world, and in many cases the es­sen­tial oils we source have been part of the Abo­rig­i­nal phar­ma­copoeia for thou­sands of years,” she says. “We use high con­cen­tra­tions of pure es­sen­tial oils that are widely re­searched for their an­tibac­te­rial and cleans­ing prop­er­ties.” Com­bined with other nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents such as vine­gar and bi­car­bon­ate of soda, Koala Eco’s prod­ucts are equally or more ef­fec­tive than their toxic coun­ter­parts.

Bondi Wash, an­other home­grown plant-based brand, re­lies on the an­tibac­te­rial power of bush oils (Tas­ma­nian pep­per, Syd­ney pep­per­mint, le­mon tea tree oil) to power its prod­ucts. In­de­pen­dent lab test­ing found the cleansers kill 99.9 per cent of germs. And if you’re look­ing for a luxe touch, Amer­i­can brand The Laun­dress uses fra­grance notes such as berg­amot and ylang ylang, which fill your home with a beau­ti­ful, fresh scent while the nat­u­ral, non-toxic in­gre­di­ents dis­in­fect.

Bench Spray, $22, BONDI WASH, bondi­

Glass Cleaner, $10.90, KOALA ECO,

Multi-pur­pose Kitchen Cleaner, $10.90, KOALA ECO,

Floor Wash, $16, BONDI WASH, bondi­

All-pur­pose Clean­ing Con­cen­trate, $20, THE LAUN­DRESS,mama­

Multi-pur­pose Bath­room Cleaner, $19.50, KOALA ECO,

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