For years, fighting germs in your home meant using cleaners and disinfectants loaded with dangerous, harsh chemicals. Products like Tilex® Mold & Mildew Remover, Lime-A-Way®, Lysol® Disinfectant Spray and Clorox® Bleach have been on store shelves and in homes all across the country for decades*. These products contain caustic chemicals that pose a considerable risk to the safety and health of your home environment. For many safety-conscious households this creates a big dilemma.
The Answer Grows on Trees
Effective Cleaners Powered by Nature
Melaleuca Ecosense looked for a better, safer way to make tubs sparkle and to remove germs. Melaleuca believes that safe, effective answers to everyday problems—even the problem of fighting household dirt and grime—can be found in nature. Melaleuca scientists are constantly searching to find these answers. And they found the answer to providing a clean, safe environment growing on trees with a well-known natural ingredient: citric acid.
Safe, natural citric acid
Who would’ve thought the ultimate enemy of hard water and soap scum could be found in a citrus grove? A perfect solution provided straight from nature, lemons have a natural ability to remove hard water deposits and literally melt away soap scum with citric acid. Harnessing the concentrated cleaning power of lemons, citric acid works without resorting to deadly chemical force, so you get more than a clean bathroom or kitchen—you get a safer, healthier home.
Citric acid is all-natural, highly renewable and biodegradable, so it doesn’t poison streams and rivers once it goes down the drain. There are no toxic fumes polluting indoor air quality, and it doesn’t require scary warnings on the label. It’s as harmless as cutting open a lemon and rubbing it on your tub or tile floor.
While you could squeeze citric acid straight from a lemon, you’d get other things too—like pulp and seeds. To make an effective cleaner, Melaleuca uses pure food-grade citric acid like the citric acid found in all citrus fruits, but in a much purer form. The citric acid that goes into each bottle of cleaner takes over 100 hours to make, including 35 hours spent on filtering alone. There’s not a higher grade of citric acid, even if you squeezed it straight from a fresh lemon.
A highly effective yet safe alternative.
How does it work?
Tub & Tile combines citric acid with a biodegradable solvent and two biodegradable surfactants to rid your bathroom of hard water stains and soap scum in a quick, three-step process.
1. Citric acid undoes the reaction between soap and calcium deposits that create soap scum, isolating calcium minerals and transforming hard, scaly scum
into a soft fatty acid.
2. The lipophilic solvent penetrates the fatty acid, loosening its hold on the tub.
3. The two surfactants remove the soap scum and wash it completely away. Since Tub & Tile removes the food source of bacteria and mildew, your bathroom is truly clean.
A revolutionary disinfectant.
The power of two.
Sol-U-Guard Botanical is truly a solution to the big dilemma. The formula Melaleuca scientists created is a revolutionary disinfectant from two botanical ingredients. Finally, fighting dangerous household germs can be done with gentle, botanical ingredients like citric acid, not caustic chemicals. This patented formula uses thyme oil and citric acid to create a solution for a healthier home environment. Why use two ingredients instead of one? Because some germs are more vulnerable to thyme oil. Others are more vulnerable to citric acid. The combination of citric acid and thyme oil allows Sol-U-Guard Botanical to kill 99.9% of common household germs, including E. coli, staph, salmonella, and strep.