These are the Most Fascinating Cleaning Facts

Did you know that chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than air pollution? 

More than 7 million accidental poisonings occur each year, with more than 75% involving children under age 6! - The Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Of chemicals commonly found in homes, 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychologicalabnormalities. - Consumer Product Safety Commission

Cancer rates have continued to increase every year since 1970. Brain cancer in children is up 40% in 20 years. Toxic chemicals are largely to blame. - NY Times

Cleaning chemicals are really bad for your health, and are strongly suspected of being the major factor in higher cancer rates for young children and the mothers who stay home with them. The products we use to get rid of harmful germs is doing us more harm than the germs we are actually trying to kill!

Now here’s the good news. There is a very easy way to protect yourself and your family from these nasty toxic chemicals – just stop using them! Ha-Ra micro fibre cleaning systems use ONLY WATER to clean, and are as effective as disinfectants at leaving surfaces germ-free*. 

The petrochemical companies who produce toxic cleaning supplies we use to clean our homes use scare tactics to make us buy their products, and offer very little information about what ingredients they use at the same time. (Ever noticed the ‘Caution’, ‘Warning’ and ‘Danger’ labels on cleaning products? Noticed how they warn you to ‘keep out of reach of children’? Why? Because they’re highly poisonous!)

We are told that we must use disinfectants to clean our floors and kitchens and bathrooms – but do we disinfect our plates, cups and cutlery? No –because you wouldn’t want to put these ingredients in your mouth! Yet think about your babies crawling across the floor, then rolling over and shoving their fingers in their mouth – not a pretty picture, is it?

Now here’s some more good news. Whether you do the cleaning yourself or have someone do it for you, you can save time and money by switching to clean with water only. There is no reason to spend good money on floor cleaners, cream cleansers, glass cleaners, mould killers, disinfectants and any number of other harsh cleaning products, because micro fibres with water will clean as well as, and easier than all of these combined. 

So stop wasting money on poisonous chemicals and cleaning the hard way! If you have a cleaner, they’ll appreciate you making their job easier AND reducing their exposure to the nasties in cleaning products!

*Bernard Heath & Associates tested Ha-Ra micro fibre cleaning systems for reduction of bacteria on stainless steel surfaces, in August 2003. Their conclusions show that: “Regardless of contamination levels...the number of cells recovered after cleaning was >10 per 10cm². This complies with guidelines from the US Public Health Service...”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are micro fibre cleaning systems?
A. Micro fibre technology was invented by Hans Raab (after whom Ha-Ra was named) in Germany in the late 1970s. Hans Raab owned a cleaning company with around 100 employees, and became concerned about the rates of illness amongst his staff, particularly with asthma and eczema. After years of research, he developed a technique of making fibres with hundreds of thousands of filaments which pick up dirt and hold it. These fibres penetrate the tiniest cracks and pits in surfaces which normal cleaning methods simply clog up with chemical cleaners.

Q. Surely cleaning with water can’t be as effective as cleaning with chemicals?
A. In independent tests, Ha-Ra micro fibre cleaning systems have cleaned surfaces as effectively as disinfectant. The reason is that chemical cleaners leave a residue behind which is a mixture of the cleaner and dead germs. Ha-Ra micro fibres actually pick up and remove both the germs and their food source, leaving nothing behind at all.

Q. Who are Ha-Ra?
A. Ha-Ra was formed by Hans Raab in the late 1970s, and went into large-scale production in the early 1980s. Two events which really launched the technology were Hans Raab breaking the world record for window cleaning using his own window cleaner in Switzerland in 1984, and his being awarded a Gold Medal at the Inventors Fair in Basel in 1982. Since then, Ha-Ra has grown to a multinational company represented in over 50 countries, being not only the No. 1 Worldwide in micro fibre cleaning - but also the first who invented this technology.

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