What Does ‘pH-Balanced’ Mean?

No doubt you’ve heard hundreds of commercials for skin care and other beauty products that advertise as being “pH-balanced.”

Sounds like a great thing to be pH-balanced, but relatively few people likely know what it means.

In case you were absent in chemistry class, the day pH was taught, here’s a basic primer:

  • ‘pH’ stands for potential Hydrogen

  • The pH scale goes from 0-14

  • 1-6.9 is ‘acidic’ (the lower the more acidic)

  • 7 is neutral (pure water is just about 7)

  • 7.1-14 is alkaline (alkalines are also referred to as a “base”)

When something is pH-balanced it does not necessarily mean that it is neutral, or 7.0 on the pH scale.

In terms of skin care, pH-balanced implies that a product will not irritate or dry out the skin. The skin on our faces is naturally acidic. This, contrary to what one might think, is a good thing. Our face should retain moisture. If you use a soap that’s too alkaline, your face will dry out.

The Best Cleaning Products Are pH Neutral

Most brands of household cleaners you’d find in the supermarket use very strong (some would say ‘harsh’) ingredients that have a pH level  that’s either very acidic or very alkaline. For the last 200 years, that’s basically how all cleaners have worked: acidic ingredients to break down alkalines and vice versa.

Most cleaning products also contain detergents to separate dirt from it’s surface. Surfactants are also used to ‘trap’ the dirt on a sponge or other cleaning tool.

But since Naturally It’s Clean™ uses purified, plant-based enzymes, our household cleaners are pH neutral. If you have marble floors or any other sensitive building material–of if your health is sensitive to harsh chemicals–you’ll want to buy a pH-neutral house cleaner.

Just How Acidic Are Some Cleaners?

The pH scale may imply that something with a pH level of 6 is slightly less acidic than water, or neutral. This is not the case. A difference of 1 on the pH scale equates to a tenfold difference.

Urine, which measures 6.0 on the pH scale is ten times more acidic than pure water, at 7.0

Some common cleaning ingredients include vinegar and lemon juice, which measure, respectively, 2.9 and 2.3, or at least 10,000 times more acidic than enzymes! Enzymes work better anyway, often being called upon to do the job on large oil spills.

Many cleaning products use chemicals that are even more extreme on the pH scale.

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