Many chemicals are found in commonly used commercial cleaners for homes and offices and have been known to cause cancer, allergies, respitory problems, and birth defects. Some cleaners are also poisonous when swallowed, and can produce toxic by-products when mixed with other cleaning products; phosphates, chlorine compounds, ammonia and other common ingredients also undermine the health of our waterways. Because most cleaners are designed to be rinsed away and washed down the drain, many of these harmful chemicals flow directly into streams and rivers. Consider more eco-friendly biodegradable cleaning products, choosing non-toxic cleaners and detergents, and use green cleaning services for homes and businesses. Many earth friendly cleaners are available in bulk at natural foods stores, so consumers can refill containers, to reduce waste and resource consumption, and choose products that are labeled environmentally friendly.