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Homemade vs. Commercially Made

Homemade vs. Commercial Cleaners:
What You Need to Know Before You Do It Yourself

Most of us already know that from making your own wine to building your own house, the internet is full of recipes and instructions on how to do it yourself. Some people even try to create their own cleaners with the goal of going green. But homemade cleaners can come with their own set of drawbacks and risks.

While commercially-made products are ready and waiting for dirty disasters to strike, homemade products take time. You need to get out the mixing container, measure everything out exactly. You get the idea. I dont know about you but when my dog just left me a stain on my living room floor, I dont feel like letting it set in while taking the time to whip up a batch of cleaner!

Commercial cleaners often contain preservatives and other agents that prevent bacterial growth in the final product. Homemade cleaners contain none of these, so some mixtures may not be stable for storage and can actually become breeding grounds for bacteria. Also, unlabeled home containers can be a health risk for little ones who go exploring in the cupboards. If a child should ingest the mixture, it could cause serious damage and poison control centers are not equipped with every recipe on the internet to determine the level of risk. Commercial cleaners are created and tested repeatedly to meet government safety standards and they come in clearly labeled, child-resistant packaging. Quality and effectiveness can also be sketchy with homemade cleaners as its very likely that your mixture will come out slightly different each time you make it, giving you inconsistent results. At V.I.P. Soap Products, weve been perfecting our household cleaners since 1951. We have our own in-house chemists who have developed a strict quality control program that includes reverse engineering, small batch testing and sample retention protocols to ensure youre getting the quality, consistency and effectiveness V.I.P. customers have been counting on for more than 60 years.

One of the main motivators for most people who make their own cleaners is that they want to be more environmentally friendly. Its not hard to see why when most companies who produce green household cleaners use terms like natural and environmentally friendly without backing them up with any proof. Many manufacturers do not even disclose their ingredients. However, at V.I.P. Soap Products we disclose all of our ingredients on our packaging as well as on our web site, www.vipsoap.com. Take the Echoclean Fruit and Veggie Wash, for example. When compared with 5 other all natural produce washes available on the market, only 2 out of the other 5 disclosed their ingredients. Those products are made up of 5 to 7 ingredients, compared to Echoclean's three: water, citric acid and cocamidopropyl betaine, which is a natural surfactant derived from coconut oil. Also, most manufacturers' consideration for the environment generally begins and ends with what's in the bottle. But as with all of V.I.P.s products, the Echoclean Fruit and Veggie Wash is readily biodegradable (according to OECD testing) and comes in packaging made with post-consumer recycled materials. Shipping cases are also made with 98% PCR. Trigger spray bottles dont contain any metal parts so the entire bottle and spraying mechanism is recyclable where facilities exist.

So even after all this, if you still want to try making your own cleaners, once youve made them, then what do you do with them? Most resources that provide the recipes offer few, if any, instructions. Because many of them are made with the same ingredients youd use to dress your salad, you might assume that theyre safe for use on any household surface. The truth is that even the most common household ingredients can be harmful when used improperly. Vinegar may be easy to come by but it can also destroy marble or granite counter top surfaces. Ammonia is often used in recipes for floor cleaner but over time, ammonia can damage the surface of some floors and its strong fumes can be hazardous for those with respiratory problems. Even good old baking soda can be an irritant to dry or sensitive skin.

So if youre looking for your next home project, try painting your bedroom or making your own pasta but when it comes to household cleaning, let the experts at V.I.P. Soap Products do the dirty work for you.