Truce: A Safer & More Eco-Friendly Alternative to Toxic Household Cleaners

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Looking for an eco-friendly alternative to harsh, chemical-filled household cleaners? Try this…

Did you know that most household cleaning products are chock full of harsh chemicals that may be harmful to both you and the environment? Ingredients like chlorine bleach, ammonia, sulfates, artificial fragrances and colors, and other chemicals can cause a number of health problems, from skin irritations to breathing problems and more – plus, once used, they can enter the water supply and contaminate surrounding water and soil system.

Fortunately, there are more and more safer alternatives on the market these days that are gentler and less harmful to your health and to the environment.

While there are quite a few eco-friendly cleaning products available now, one good one to try is Truce.

All of their products are made with safe, non-toxic ingredients. They even smell natural! Instead of harsh chemicals, when you use Truce products, all you will smell is their signature scent, which comes from peppermint oil.

Truce’s goal is to change the public perception that “if it doesn’t smell like bleach or ammonia—two very toxic substances—it isn’t clean,” says Dianne Peart, Truce’s co-founder.

They also use concentrated formulas to reduce packaging waste.

Here’s a bit more about Truce – the company and the products:

The actual formulation of Truce cleaning products—including the All-Purpose and Wood Cleaners—are a throwback to the traditional methods used by previous generations to clean before petrochemicals were introduced after World War II.

And the non-toxic formulations aren’t the only way Truce takes care of the environment. When you pick up a Truce spray bottle, you might be surprised by how light it is. That’s because Truce sells super-concentrated versions of their products—all you have to do is add water. This not only helps Truce to conserve fuel when they ship their products, but also allows their customers to reuse each bottle by refilling it with concentrate and water.

The company’s quest to provide products that promote health and clean countertops started a few years ago in an ecology graduate seminar. The professor told co-founder Diann Peart that the average American homeowner uses chemicals at five times the rate of agribusiness.


“Living on a property that had never had chemicals applied to the garden, and in a house that never had harsh chemicals used in cleaning, that statement sent shock waves through my mind,” Peart said.

In 2007, she teamed up with Kandice Konomos, a baker and cleaning expert, and eventually brought the first version of Truce—Herb’n Organics—to market in their home base of Phoenix, Ariz.


The company (also) offers both dog shampoo and room deodorizer formulated with animal-friendly essential oils like peppermint (naturally) and lavender.


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