August 25, 2021

Cleaning Products, Household Chemicals & Your Health

What are the dangers and impacts of conventional cleaning supplies, laundry detergents and chemical products on your health and the environment?  Find out in today's episode featuring the founder and environmental engineer behind Meliora Cleaning products, a Chicago-based manufacturer of people- and planet-friendly household cleaners.

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During this episode, you'll learn: 

  • Why you should be more mindful about the products stocked under your sink and in cupboards
  • How cleaning products impact reproductive health, especially in women
  • Why  “fragrances” are so problematic
  • What specific ingredients often found in cleaning products should be avoided 
  • How you can avoid harmful fragrances in everyday household and hygiene products
  • How to understand ingredient labels on cleaning and household products
  • How conventional cleaning and laundry products impact the health of our Earth
  • Misconceptions about non-toxic cleaning products? 
  • What sodium bicarbonate and sodium carbonate is
  • What glycerin is and how it interacts with the body
  • Why you should opt for bleach alternative
  • What you should know about bath & body soaps
  • Why support B Corp certified companies is important

About Kate Jakubas:


Kate Jakubas is the Founder of Meliora Cleaning Products and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Stuart School of Business. Kate earned her BS in Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2013. She holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from ASQ. 

About Meliora Cleaning Products:

Melioria is picky about ingredients. Their home cleaning and laundry products are MADE SAFE certified, ensuring they're as friendly for your home and the planet as possible. Other groups that have given them high ratings include The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Whole Foods Market Eco-Scale. No synthetic fragrances, dyes, optical brighteners, or preservatives, and every ingredient is listed on the front of every product.

They only introduce a product when it meets their Big Three:

  • It WORKS to get your home and clothes clean
  • PEOPLE-FRIENDLY, so it's ok to have around your home
  • PLANET-FRIENDLY, so you can be confident that what goes down your drain won't cause any problems


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