What you bring into your home matters. Gaia Natural Home practices full transparency around ingredients in our products, nothing is left off the label (and the description of the item online) so you know exactly what's in every product. We won't hide behind "fragrances" or "proprietary formulas" so you know you can trust what's in our products. Curious about why we do this? You can read more about it on our blog where we dive into the truth about toxins in your home.
Coco Glucoside is a natural, non-ionic, surfactant. It is ultra-mild, and one of the most gentle of the cleansing agents, making it ideal for all foaming and cleansing products, especially those designed for fragile or sensitive skin. It's obtained from renewable raw materials, a combination of coconut-based fatty alcohols (c8-16) and glucose (sugar/starch). https://www.ewg.org/guides/substances/152309-COCOGLUCOSIDE/
You'll never find synthetic fragrance in our products. We only use pure, essential oils to add scent to all of our products. *Individual essential oils listed on each product ingredient list for full transparency.
Baking Soda acts as a cleaning agent because it is a mild alkali and can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water for effective removal. It is a gentle, pure, natural product that is non-toxic, unlike many other household cleaners. It is safe to use around children and pets and is ideal for cleaning food preparation surfaces. https://www.ewg.org/guides/substances/5493-SODIUMBICARBONATE/
Castile Liquid Soap is a safe, non-toxic, green surfactant made with plant oils. Our castile soap contains Saponified oils of Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Potassium Oleate, Water. https://www.ewg.org/guides/substances/1425-COCOSNUCIFERACOCONUTOIL/, https://www.ewg.org/guides/substances/13129-POTASSIUMOLEATE/
Sodium Chloride - Also known as salt. Softens water and is a very effective cleaner. Since at least medieval times, people have used salt as a cleansing agent. https://www.ewg.org/guides/substances/5523-SODIUMCHLORIDE/
It is an effective thickening agent and stabilizer to prevent ingredients from separating. It can be produced from simple sugars using a fermentation process and derives its name from the species of bacteria used,
Xanthomonas campestris. https://www.ewg.org/guides/substances/6445-XANTHANGUM/
Citric acid is a compound that comes from citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes. It is a safe + natural disinfectant, a water softener, and can remove hard water build-up on dishes and glassware. https://www.ewg.org/guides/substances/1281-CITRICACID/
Essential Oils Used in Our Products
Essential Oils Used for Our Scent Lines:
SWEET ORANGE essential oil: Uplifting and refreshing, sweet orange essential oil is antiseptic, with demonstrated antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is also a great degreaser.
TANGERINE essential oil: Citrus essential oils like tangerine that have high levels of the monoterpene limonene are known for their ability to have stimulating and enhancing effects on mood. These spirit-lifting effects can be experienced by using the oil aromatically—diffusing or inhaling the essential oil. Limonene in essential oils is also known for its cleansing and purifying properties, which makes it helpful for cleansing surfaces around the home.
PINK GRAPEFRUIT essential oil: Sweet, tangy, and refreshing smell as well as its antiseptic properties, with demonstrated antifungal and antibacterial properties.
KEY LIME essential oil: Lime essential oil is often used in aromatherapy blends due to its stimulating and refreshing scent, but that’s not all it is good for! Lime essential oil is an astringent, antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and a disinfectant. Due to all of these properties, this versatile essential oil can be used to cure infections, reduce fever, disinfect food and surfaces.
LEMON essential oil: When used as a household cleaner, Lemon Essential Oil acts as a natural disinfectant for surfaces that also eliminates mold and achieves a streak-free shine.
EUCALYPTUS essential oil: This powerhouse essential oil not only smells clean it's also anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and a deodorizer.
SPEARMINT essential oil: Antifungal, antiseptic, insecticidal, and does wonders for the mind and body. A gentler version of peppermint and uses of spearmint date back thousands of years and have been documented in Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, and Greek medicine.
BASIL essential oil: Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and natural deodorizer. Basil has been used in traditional Asian Indian medicine for years. It has herbaceous aroma that can be calming and refreshing.
Want to know what ingredients we will NEVER use?
PHTHALATES Air fresheners and countless cleaning products that contain "fragrance" contain phthalates. Because of proprietary laws, companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates on a label. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors.
PERC Perchloroethylene or "PERC" can be found in dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, and carpet and upholstery cleaners. PERC is a neurotoxin and the EPA classifies it as a "possible carcinogen".
TRICLOSAN Found in most dishwashing detergents and hand soaps labels as "antibacterial". This is an aggressive antibacterial agent that can cause the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.
QUARTERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS or “QUATS” Found in fabric softener liquids and sheets and most household cleaners labeled “antibacterial.” Quats are another type of antimicrobial, and thus pose the same problem as triclosan by helping breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They’re also a skin irritant.
2-BUTOXYETHANOL Found in Window, kitchen, and multipurpose cleaners. 2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient in many window cleaners and gives them their characteristic sweet smell. It belongs in the category of “glycol ethers,” a set of powerful solvents that don’t mess around. Law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage.
AMMONIA Found in Polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks, and jewelry; also in glass cleaner. The people who will be really affected are those who have asthma, and elderly people with lung issues and breathing problems. It’s almost always inhaled. People who get a lot of ammonia exposure, like housekeepers, will often develop chronic bronchitis and asthma.” Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach.
CHLORINE Found in Scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, household tap water. The health risks from chlorine can be acute, and they can be chronic; it’s a respiratory irritant at an acute level. But the chronic effects are what people don’t realize: It may be a serious thyroid disrupter.”
ALKYLPHENOL ETHOXYLATES A surfactant found in common cleaners. It has been shown in laboratory studies to function as an "endocrine disrupter," causing adverse reproductive effects.
PHOSPHOROUS OR NITROGEN Can contribute to nutrient-loading in water bodies, leading to adverse effects on water quality.
VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOC) Found in cleaning products can affect indoor air quality. Can be worse for those suffering from asthma and/or allergies.