What are VOCs? and why you don’t want them in your cleaning products

We’re all used to our detergents and cleaning products having that distinctive ‘clean’ smell, but did you know that those fragrances are artificially added and emit dozens of different chemicals into the air?

In one study, a plug-in air freshener was found to emit 20 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including seven regulated as toxic or hazardous under U.S. federal laws.

VOC free cleaning products

Nueco cleaning products are free from VOCs, phosphates, ammonia and once diluted, carry no health warnings. They are 99% biodegradable and our kitchen, bathroom and carpet cleaners are all pH neutral.

What are VOCs?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are gases given off by chemicals used in a wide range of household products; such as paint, cosmetics, air fresheners and cleaning products and can cause a variety of health problems including eye, nose and throat irritation, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and skin problems. The effects can be particularly dangerous for people with underlying health issues such as asthma.

Most people think of air pollution as being something outside, but levels of common organic pollutants can be up to 5-times higher inside homes than outside and the regular use of chemical cleaning sprays can be as damaging to lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day! Some VOCs are even suspected of causing cancer.

What can you do

The truth is, you don’t need to disinfect your house every day. Germs return within minutes anyway and you are contributing harmful chemicals into the environment. Nueco cleaning products use enzymes to breakdown dirt instead of chemicals. These are organic compounds that are non-toxic; safer for your family and better for the environment.


United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development's "Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) Study"