·      Toxins are harmful to OUR health
·      Toxins are harming OUR environment
·      Toxins are harmful to OUR children's well-being
·       Toxins are harmful to OUR pets and wildlife

The majority of mainstream household products generally contain very toxic ingredients.  Advertisers would have us believe these products are essential to safeguard our family's health, but we believe this is very far from the truth. Many of these products seriously damage our health and our environment.  

Despite this fact, manufacturers of cleaning products do not have to list toxic ingredients on their label. Unless we do some serious research we would not be aware of the possibility of high levels of toxins in our household cleaning products. Some of these products we use in our homes including our kitchen where we prepare our meals.  

The first table below is a list of some toxic ingredients and where they are commonly found in our household cleaning products. It also explains their effects on our environment and our health. Understanding the impact of these toxic ingredients was the driving force for the creation of My Habitat toxin-free household cleaning products. We have also included other similarly beneficial products to our range that are non-toxic but very effective. 

The second table is about our essential ingredients used in My Habitat products and how they can contribute to improving our health and our environment.

Some toxic ingredients commonly found in household cleaning products and their environment & health effects:​

Petroleum Based Detergents

Found In
-Laundry powders & liquids
-Multipurpose cleaners
-Toilet & bathroom cleaners
-Pre-wash stain removers
Environmental & Health Effects

-Contain toxic impurities such as benzene
-Are heavily polluting in their production
-Casuses allegric irritation of the skin, lungs, sinuses, eyes
-Biodegrades slowly & incompletely
-Pre-wash stain removers
-Oven Cleaners
-Causes brain damage at high doses
-Can be addictive
-Has been linked to infertility and miscarriages
-Contributes to air pollution
Tical Brighteners
-Laundry powders & liquids
-Can cause skin irritation & allergies
-Are petroleum derrived & biodegrade slowly
Synthetic frangrances
-All types of cleaners
-Can cause reactions to chemically sensitive people
-Are petroleum-based and biodegrade slowly
Chlorine bleaches & compounds
​-Toilet cleaners
-Bathroom mould removers
-Dishwasher powders
​-Used originally as a poison in WWI
-Irritates & damages throat & eyes, worsens asthma
-Is toxic to the brain & nervous system
-Causes skin irritation & premature skin ageing
​-Laundry powders & liquids
-Dishwasher powders
​-Contributes to the eutrophication of waterways, leading to toxic blue-green algae blooms
-Multipurpose cleaners
-Oven cleaners
​-Produces vapours that are highly irriating to eyes & nose
-Attacks the lung membranes and worsens asthma, bronchitis & emphysema
Enol / Phenyl
​-Is extremly toxic when swallowed & are rapidly absorbed by the skin
-Can damage the brain, li ver, kidney, & speen with reapeated exposure
Kills the bacteria in sewage treatment works
Nitrilotriacetic Acid (NTA)
​-Laundry Powders & Liquids
​-Has cancer-causing properties
-Can cause birth defects
-Is slow to biodegrade
Ethyldiaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)
​-Laundry Powders & Liquids
-Dishwasher Powders
​-Degrades slowly
-Forms compounds with heavy metals which are dumped into the the water system
Chlorinated phenols
​-Toilet bowl cleaners
-Are toxic to respiratory & circulatory systems
Diethylene glycol
-Window cleaners
​-Depresses the nervous system
​-Are toxic to respiratory & circulatory systems
Nonylphenol ethoxylates
​-Laundry detergents
-All-purpose cleaners
​-Banned in Europe
-Biodegrades into even more toxic compounds
​-Spray and wick deodorisers
​-Irritates the respiratory system
-Is a suspected carcinogen
Petroleum solvents
​-Floor cleaner
​-Damages mucous membranes that covers internal organs 
​-Spot remover
​-Damages the liver & kidney
Butyl cellosolve
-All-purpose cleaners​
-Window cleaners
​-Damages bone marrow
-Damages the nervous system
-Damages the liver & kidney
The nourishing essential oils we use in My Habitat products & their properties
antiseptic, decongestant, deodorant, analgesic, insecticide, antiviral, stimulant
analgesic, antiseptic, digestive, insecticide, bites & stings, uplifting, mood enhancing
antiseptic, analgesic, deodorant, antifungal, muscle relaxant, insect repellant, soothing bites and stings
antioxidant, antiseptic, antifungal, antiparasitic, anti-aging,  traditionally used for hair and circulation
Lemon Myrtle
Australian native tree, antimicrobial, antifungal, uplifting, insect repellant
antifungal, antiseptic, restorative, stimulates digestion and circulation
antibacterial, deodoriser, degreaser, insect repellant, mood enhancer, relaxant

Sweet Orange
antidepressant, antiseptic, stimulant
used mainly for its fresh tangy citrus scent, lime oil can also benefit dull skin, chillblains, acne etc.                           
antimicrobial, antiseptic, fungicide, insecticide, immune system stimulant
Clove Leaf
antiseptic, analgesic, warming, insect repellant, antifungal
Cinnamon Leaf
antimicrobial, antifungal, warming, stimulant, astringent. May irritate sensitive mucous membranes
antispasmodic, antiseptic, repels insects, rats and mice
insecticide, antiseptic, antibacterial, deodorant
gentle minty fragrance,softer than peppermint.  Also used to treat exhaustion, fever, nausea, asthma and other ailments.  
Rose Geranium
antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, antiseptic, controls bleeding