I’m a big fan of Ecostore cleaning products. I’ve recently read the inspiring story of how they came to be.
Malcolm Rands owned a rural property and wanted the water that left their house to be safe for the environment. He also envisaged cleaning and personal care produsts that were safe without any questionable ingredients. No ingredients linked with causing cancer or skin irritation. And importantly, they needed to work as effectively as standard products.
My first introduction to Ecostore products was the clothes washing powder. My husband cannot tolerate washing powder that has enzymes, within seconds between sheets for example his skin starts to itch. My son also gets a red angry rash on his face if he sleeps just one night on a pillow washed with normal washing powder. The other thing my hubby hates is synthetic smells in the house. Most cleaning products are laden with them. Ecostore washing powder does not irritate skin, it is odourless, and it works really well.
Malcolm Rands has received hundreds of letters and emails from people reporting on health improvements since using Ecostore products:
“Since using your products the rash I’ve had for years has disappeared”
“I’m not sneezing anymore when I clean the house”
“My ezcema’s gone away”
“My asthma seems to be getting better”
A common chemical found in nearly all personal cleaning products is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, added to make soaps foam (go check your shampoo now):
High Health Hazard. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a skin eye and lung irritant and can cause possible organ system toxicity. Suspected to be an environmental toxin.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is a controversial cleaning agent, added to products to make them bubble and foam. It is an industry benchmark for skin irritancy, and has been used in clinical studies to induce contact dermatitis. Despite all this, its use is widespread in products that contact your skin such as many laundry and dish cleaning products, shampoo, hand and body washes, and baby products. REFERENCES: (1.http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706110/SODIUM_LAURYL_SULFATE/#jumptohere) 2. Status of surfactants as penetration enhancers in transdermal drug delivery. J Pharm Bioallied Sci. 2012 Jan;4(1):2-9. doi: 10.4103/0975-7406.92724.)
Now almost all my cleaning products are Ecostore products, including soap, shampoo and conditioner. They are packaged beautifully, they smell great, and they work. They are available nationwide in New Zealand supermarkets and whole food stores.
Many chemicals in the products we use on our skin and in our home are unsafe.
Over at the Ecostore website – they have compiled a list on ingredients found in cleaning products, showing which are safe to use, and those that are not and why.