Most powdered cleansers carry some safety risks, notes Environmental Working Group (EWG). EWG rates cleansers for respiratory risks, allergens, developmental and reproductive toxicity, carcinogens and for potential environmental risk.
The only powdered cleanser EWG gives an A rating for safety to is Bon Ami, as of August 2015. In addition to health risks, abrasive powdered cleansers can damage some surfaces. Some natural nontoxic, and less abrasive, powdered cleansers can be made by using products commonly found around the house, notes Consumer Reports. Baking soda, borax and cream of tartar can be mixed with water, white vinegar, lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide to clean soiled surfaces in almost any area of the home or office.