Sep 12, 2017

What is Limonene?

Strathcona Cleaners remains committed to its Green Cleaning Promises.
Category: General
Posted by: scadmin

Have you heard recently about limonene being used in cleaning products? Do you know if it’s safe? Well, here is our guide to the lemon-scented, sometimes malign chemical.

Limonene is a naturally occurring compound found mainly in certain plants and fruits, such as lemons and oranges. It is used regularly in cleaning products for a few reasons: it has a pleasant, lemon scent and it acts as a solvent that helps to clean various surfaces. The compound comes in two forms: d-limonene and l-limonene. D-limonene is used mainly for its smell and is found in cleaning and beauty products alike. L-limonene on the other hand has a more pine-like scent, and is used mainly as a solvent in industrial cleaning products. Limonene is beginning to have other uses too; for example, scientists have recently found that it can be used as a dietary supplement to prevent cancer.

Now to answer the big question: Is limonene hazardous?

The good news is limonene itself has low toxicity. The bad news is that limonene can react with the ozone in your house, a common compound in air. This results in formaldehyde forming in your home, which can be hazardous in large enough amounts. However, cleaning products sold in stores should be safe, as even in houses where lots of products are used, the amounts of formaldehyde formed should be below the safe levels recommended by the World Health Organization.

Strathcona Cleaners remains committed to its Green Cleaning Promises. All of our products use safe levels of limonene that will make your workplace smell great without putting anyone at a health risk. We also follow all the LEED requirements in our work, use sustainable supplies, and provide hassle-free, effective, and efficient services.

Interested in any of our services? Have any questions about the products we use in our work or limonene? Contact our team at Strathcona Cleaners today and so we can help to answer your questions!