At Paragon Natural Cleaning, we believe in harnessing the power of Nature in order to provide a non-toxic healthy shine for our clients. We use both commercially available natural cleaners and custom-made products. Most cleaning product labels contain serious warnings about inhaling, ingesting, or letting the product come into contact with skin, eyes and mucous membranes. Our products are infused with essential oils which are known for their many beneficial effects in aromatherapy, health and beauty products. Some of the essential oils are Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Litsea Cubeba, Orange, Peppermint, Pine Scotch, Rosemary, and Tea Tree.

Probably everyone's mother or grandmother used bleach or ammonia in various dilutions throughout their house to keep the germs at bay. Although these are indeed powerful bacterial killers, their usage comes at a high price. Both the manufacturers Method and Seventh Generation use thymol in their formulations as a disinfectant, and so do we. Thymol is the main component in thyme essential oils. Here is a chart noting the difference between the "Good Ol' Bleach" and Thymol. Original document: http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/school_health/documents/disinfectants.pdf

Chemical Fragrances

Take a trip down the cleaning aisle, stroll past a candle store in the mall, or catch the wave of perfume or musky cologne of a passerby, and your nose will know it. Our olfactory senses are under a constant barrage from synthetic chemical fragrances that have flooded the market. When exposed to these products, many people find themselves feeling light-headed or queasy and may even have difficulty breathing. These are the results of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). The EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) describes VOCs and their effects HERE. Our services are excellent to those suffering from these sensitivities to chemicals and chemical fragrances since any product scents are generated from the 100% pure essential oils.

Did You Know?

Currently there are no laws requiring manufacturers to disclose all ingredients to consumers. The EPA mentions the benefits to consumers of full disclosure: http://www.epa.gov/opprd001/inerts/inertdisclosure.html. They also encourage the usage of "renewable resources, such as biobased solvents from citrus, seed, vegetable, and pine oils." http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/cleaning.htm

A Parting Word ...

In the end you must decide for yourself whether or not natural or chemical cleaning is best for you and your family. A word of advice: always do your own research. Don't take our word for it.