Petroleum in Cleaning Products

Petroleum in Cleaning Products

Petroleum is an ingredient in cleaning products that you likely wouldn't first think of, but the truth is it's in a lot of things we use - including lipstick and even baby oil. 

You'll see petroleum derived ingredients labelled as: Mineral Oil, Paraffin, Naphtha, Petrolatum, Sovlent-Based, and White Spirit (to name a few). 

The Role of Petroleum

Petroleum is a fossil fuel derived from the remains of ancient marine plants and animals. It's a versatile substance, primarily known for its use in fuel production, but it also finds its way into various household items, including cleaning products. Petroleum-based chemicals are used for their ability to dissolve dirt and grease, making them effective in cutting through stubborn stains.

You'll usually find petroleum in degreasers, solvents and stainless steel polish. 

Petroleum-Based Cleaning Products: The Concerns

While petroleum-based cleaning products may seem like a convenient solution because of their immediate effectiveness in cleaning, they come with a set of concerns that we should all be aware of when making the choice to include them in our daily cleaning routine:

Harmful Chemicals

Many petroleum-based cleaning products contain a cocktail of chemicals that can be harmful to both our health and the environment. These chemicals can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, contributing to indoor air pollution and potential health issues.

VOCs are something we encourage you to avoid at all costs when cleaning, and why we bang on a lot about For All being a product that doesn't give off toxic fumes (aka, VOCs). 


Petroleum-based ingredients are not usually readily biodegradable, which means they can persist in the environment for a long time. When these products are washed down the drain, they can end up in water bodies, posing a threat to aquatic life and ecosystems.

Impact on Indoor Air Quality

The use of petroleum-based cleaners indoors can lead to poor indoor air quality. Breathing in fumes from these products can cause respiratory issues, especially for those with sensitivities or allergies.

Stainless Steel Polishes

Stainless steel is a common material used in kitchens and homes for its sleek appearance and durability, but achieving that polished look without a good technique, can be tricky. So along come stainless steel polishes to help get that eye catching impact without any effort. So easy!

But stainless steel polish is one of the most commonly used petroleum based culprits for both professional house cleaners and people just cleaning their own home...


Naphtha, a derivative of petroleum, is mostly know for it's use as lighter fluid and it's part in the production of plastic. In cleaning products it is an ingredient found in stainless steel polishes due to its effectiveness in removing stains and providing a shiny finish.

However, rather than leaving your stainless steel clean, it leaves it coated

Naphtha can introduce the same set of concerns associated with other petroleum-based cleaners, and its use in cleaning products is restricted in some places including California. 

Health and Environmental Implications

Using stainless steel polishes containing Naphtha can expose you to harmful chemicals and fumes, compromising indoor air quality and potentially leading to health issues. Furthermore, when these products are disposed of, Naphtha can make its way into the environment, contributing to pollution and harming ecosystems.

A Petroleum-Free Cleaning Solution

Now that we've been over the concerns surrounding petroleum-based cleaning products and stainless steel polishes, let's talk about our game-changer in the world of eco-friendly, non toxic cleaning – For All.

A Cleaning Product Like No Other

For All is not just another cleaning product; it's a revolutionary solution that takes a different approach to cleaning. Imagine having just this one product to clean your entire house and every hard surface in it? And, unlike petroleum-based cleaners that often leave residues and create an artificial shine by coating surfaces with chemicals, For All is designed to bring out the natural beauty of your surfaces without leaving residue.

No Petroleum, No Naphtha: For All is entirely petroleum-free, ensuring that you won't be exposing yourself or the environment to harmful chemicals like Naphtha.

Residue-Free Cleaning: For All doesn't leave behind any residue. Instead of masking the appearance of your surfaces with artificial coatings, it allows their natural shine to come through.

Effective and Eco-Friendly: This innovative cleaning solution effectively removes dirt and grime, leaving your surfaces sparkling clean without harming the planet.

A Better Choice

By choosing For All, you're not only investing in a cleaner home but also making a sustainable choice that promotes a healthier indoor environment and reduces your carbon footprint. It's a win-win for you and the planet.

When it comes to cleaning, For All stands out as a petroleum-free, eco-friendly solution that not only gets the job done effectively but also enhances the natural polish of your surfaces.

Say goodbye to petroleum-based coatings and hello to a cleaner, greener, and shinier home with For All.

Using For All is a step towards a cleaner future, both inside your home and out in the world.

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