Local, all-Australian company introduces a ‘real’ clean - Eastern Suburbs Mums Post


Sometimes, cleaning your home can feel like a bit of a headache. But is it possible that your headache is real, and being caused by the products you use? 

Scientists regard household cleaning products as one of the most insidious threats to human health, and a key source of indoor pollution ( Often containing synthetic colours, fragrances or scents, these products can cause headaches or breathing problems. 

For example, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers in 2014. Dr. Jeanne Conry, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a past president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists maintains that many chemicals in frequent household use today are not adequately tested for safety before being allowed on the market (Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times, 2016). According to the Organic Consumers Association, some cleaners cause hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns. 

According to the EPA, our indoor environment is two to five times more toxic than our outdoor environment, and in some cases, the air measurements indoors have been found to be 100 times more polluted.

While there are many triggers for health disorders like these, perhaps it’s a good idea to make sure that they are not being caused by the cleaners you bring into the home as part of your regular shop. 

Jessica Bragdon, local Woollahra mum of two and co-founder of Koala Eco, which makes all-natural cleaning products from essential oils sourced in Australia, suggests the wisest course of action is to take responsibility for what is used in the home.

‘Don’t assume that retail outlets only sell “safe” products – even if the label suggests they are not harmful for the environment,’ Jessica says. ‘Scanning the ingredients lists on the packaging is vital.

‘So if you read words like “hazardous, corrosive, warning, danger or irritant” on the bottle, ask yourself if you really want to splash that around your home,’ she adds.

Consider this: multiple reports of burns, rashes, dizziness and scratchy throats were made by housekeeping employees at North Central Bronx Hospital and Jacobi Medical Center (USA). So they switched to green cleaning products. The number of lost days linked to injuries from cleaning products? In 2004, they numbered 54. In 2010, after the switch? Zero. (Mireya Navarro, The New York Times, 2010). 

Research shows certain chemicals may cause long-term, gradual changes, unnoticeable to the human eye. Some common ingredients are regarded as ‘sensitisers’, because repeated exposure can cause a build-up in the body, leading to allergies. Perhaps you haven’t noticed a reaction to cleaning products and therefore assume they’re safe to use, yet this may not be the case. 

Essential Oils v Commonly Used Synthetic Fragrances

A lovely “fresh” smell of pine or lavender when cleaning your home? Think again, suggests Jessica.

Many so-called “green” cleaning products on the market are not free of harmful additives, and one of the worst culprits is synthetic fragrance, which can be created from any combination of petroleum and non-petroleum derived substances, including formaldehyde, benzene and toluene. 

Unfortunately, many widely available commercial cleaners combine a large percentage of toxins with a small percentage of essential oil. Yet even more worryingly, research by the US-based Environmental Working Group reveals that patent and trade secret laws allows the industry to hide this type of harmful ingredient in their formulations.

“Fragrance” additives can have any number of detrimental impacts on human health, including reproductive and endocrine disruption, neurotoxic effects, and negative impacts on the immune system.

Jessica explains how she developed Koala Eco products to be free of any of these nasties:

‘Like all parents, we wanted to make cleaning the home safe from toxic exposure,’ she says.

‘We also wanted our home to smell lovely because of the natural aroma of essential oils. Because we couldn’t find exactly the cleaning products we wanted on the market, we decided to research and create our own.

‘In Koala Eco products, we use only 100 % pure Australian essential oils, because these, together with vinegar, sugar based biodegradable alcohol and bicarbonate soda are great alternatives to caustic cleaning products.

‘Essential oils in particular are fragrant and effective antibacterial alternatives to thousands of mainstream chemical-laden products. Especially when combined with other natural biodegradable grime fighting ingredients, essential oils are equally (or more) effective than toxic chemicals,’ says Jessica, adding:

‘We know they really work. For example, a research project conducted by Kelly and Kober an environmental research firm researched  21 different essential oils found all to be highly effective in their ability to diminish or eliminate bacteria in the air and on surfaces.’

Koala Eco products are formulated to sanitise kitchens, fight mould in bathrooms, and naturally degrease anything with antimicrobial properties. They actively fight against microorganisms, including bacteria that cause disease.

‘The ethos of home cleaning is changing,’ says Jessica. ‘If you are cleaning your home, but filling it with harmful chemicals, is it really clean?’

Fresh and Healthy Yoga Mats with Koala Eco Multi-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner

When you think of yoga it should resonate health and wellbeing. We do it to make our bodies limber and strong. It can bring mental and emotional clarity. It supports our immune system and helps promote longevity. It should be a grounding and sacred time. It can help us with our personal growth. Yoga can quiet our minds and help us find peace within. Where we choose to practice yoga is important. We want the environment to embody the place we are traveling mentally and physically.  The equipment we bring to our practice should be free of harmful chemicals too.  Yoga mats can be found that are free of BPA, PVC, Lead and other biologically toxic chemicals.

We spend a lot of time on our mats and lets face it they get pretty sweaty and grimy. Often people either don’t clean their mats enough or do so with toxic unhealthy cleaners. Using unhealthy products to clean your yoga mat makes no sense at all. Spraying Lysol or using bleach on yoga mats is an unhealthy approach to combatting germs. Use Koala Eco’s all natural multipurpose kitchen cleanser with pure Australian lemon myrtle and mandarin essential oil to gently but effectively clean your mat. Our naturally clean and uplifting lemon myrtle and mandarin essential oil cleaner is powerful and safe. The incredible scent will not overpower and will save you from smelling toxic chemicals.

Yoga mats are dirty. published an article about yoga mats, "Yoga mats are the worst," said Dr. Robert Lahita, a professor of medicine at Rutgers School of Medicine. In addition to his M.D., Lahita also holds a PhD in microbiology, has worked in both infectious diseases and immunology, and has spent many years as a yoga practitioner, so he is particularly well qualified to comment on what lurks on an unwashed yoga mat. According to him, that can include bacteria, fungi, viruses, and more. "A yoga mat is a perfect incubator for many of our skin infections," said Lahita. "The yoga mat is a very fertile source for infection, mainly because people sweat on them and they rarely are cleaned." Yoga mats are often porous and these tiny holes provide growth opportunity for organism, fungi, ringworm, athletes, foot and even methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus. So what’s a yogi to do? To avoid a potential fungal or bacterial infection, don’t share your mat and wash your feet before practice. Buy your own and bring it to class, rather than using one of the shared mats at the studio or gym. Clean your mat regularly with our Koala Eco all natural multi purpose kitchen spray it will get rid of the germs with out adding toxicity. Our cleaners are super tough but they are also importantly non-toxic.

Side note after spraying wipe the mat thoroughly down and allow it to dry completely. Keeping your mat clean will help it last longer and will help you enjoy the full benefits of incorporating yoga into your life in the healthiest way possible…Namaste!


A Clear Choice

Koala Eco Natural Glass Cleaner - With Pure Australian Peppermint Essential Oil is the clear choice for glass and windows.

Did you know that synthetic cleaners used to clean windows and glass are particularly nasty and caustic. Chemicals such as monoethanolamine, ammonia and butyl cellosolve may clean windows and glass but they can also cause serious respiratory damage, chemical burns and in severe cases, with prolonged exposure, can cause damage to the kidneys and lungs… definitely not something you want around your family or in your home.

Koala Eco’s all-natural Australian Peppermint Oil Glass Cleaner is a better choice. Our eco alternative will get your windows and glass sparkling, streak free and super clean without the nasty side effects. It even discourages new dust from settling. Additionally, Peppermint Oil kills many household bacteria such as E. Coli, H. Pylori, Salmonella and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus and acts as a natural insect and pest repellent. Our ingredients are 100% naturally derived as well as:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Free of dyes, masking agents, synthetic perfumes, chlorine, sodium laurel sulphates and phosphates
  • Non-toxic
  • Never tested on animals
  • Palm oil free
  • Fair trade
  • Grey water safe
  • Vegan

What is the best way to clean windows? We have the most effective easy steps listed below. Trust us, in no time your windows and glass will be sparkling.  

1. Clean the window frame

Spray our All-Natural Koala Eco Australian Peppermint Oil Glass Cleaner onto your frame, window-sill, and hardware, and wipe clean with a lint free cloth.

2. Spray Koala Eco Australian Peppermint Oil Glass Cleaner onto the glass

Starting on the inside of the window, spray the pane with our glass cleaner from top to bottom.

3. Wipe glass clean

Working from left to right and top to bottom, wipe pane clean with lint free cloth. If you don’t have a cloth, use newspaper or paper towel for a streak-free finish.

4. Repeat on the bottom pane and the outside

*Tip: Swap out your rag or paper towels for a lint free cloth.