You can’t do without cleaning products in your home. The cleanliness and hygiene of your home cannot be compromised and so you try to use the best products available. These products however, are composed of many harmful chemicals, which can do more harm than good, as latest studies suggest. Going green with eco-friendly cleaning products is a good solution as your home will be clean without having any negative effects on the environment either. Read on to find out more reasons why you should start using green, eco-friendly cleaning products:
Eco-friendly cleaning products reduce health problems
Using green cleaning products are a better choice for many reasons, especially health reasons. . It’s quite challenging to keep a house full of kids and pets clean, especially during spring and summer when there is a lot of pollen and dust in the air. These can cause respiratory problems like asthma or allergies.
Studies have found that respiratory problems are aggravated by using chemical based cleaning products. The VOCs emitted in the form of gases from particular liquids and solids reduce the air quality of your home. These VOCs have been known to cause throat, nose and eye irritation, losing coordination, headaches, nausea, kidney, liver and nervous system damage. Some of these organic compounds may even cause cancer, in humans and animals. So using eco-friendly products are better for you, your home and the environment.
Chemical cleaners harm the environment
If you have never read the fine print on the packaging of cleaning products, its time you did so. You’d be astonished at the number of toxic chemicals which are used to manufacture cleaning products, including floor cleaner, window cleaners and air fresheners. The promises to fight bacteria and remove bad odors are kept at the cost of using dangerous chemicals. Most cleaning products contain ammonia and bleach, which are poisonous and irritate lungs, eyes, throat and nose.
Residues of cleaning products which you wash down the drain end up in waterways, impacting the environment, especially wildlife. Surfactants, which are synthetic or petroleum based chemicals are highly toxic to aquatic and fish life. Surfactants are added to make your products soapier and have more suds, which is actually not required, as they don’t make for better cleaning.
Using green products can save money
You must be spending a lot of money to buy cleaning products for your home. By making your own, clean green cleaning products at home, you can save a quite a bit of money. Traditionally our ancestors used homemade cleaners by using ingredients like white vinegar, lemon and so on, which are non-toxic. You could make multipurpose cleaners can help to reduce costs and simplify the cleaning process. All purpose household cleaners can clean floors, tiles, counters, walls and woodwork. Bathroom cleaners can clean toilets, sinks, tubs and tiles.
Do not use products with unpronounceable ingredients
If you don’t want to make cleaning products at home, you can buy organic, natural cleaners. Do not buy products which have products which have names you can’t pronounce – these are bound to be toxic, even if the product label claims it is organic and natural. Try to find products which are packaged in biodegradable packs, or packaging which you can refill and pump sprays instead of aerosol sprays.
Here are a few cleaners you can make at home
Place white vinegar bowls in your kitchen or top of your fridge which will absorb unpleasant kitchen odors, like fried fish or other strong smelling foods. You could simmer cloves and / or cinnamon sticks to remove household odors.
You could also mix 2 tbsp of white vinegar with 2 pints of water and 4 drops of any essential oil like tea tree oil, lavender, lemon, rosemary or lemongrass, to make a scented kitchen surface freshener.
General cleaning solution
Mix ½ tsp washing soda, 3 tbsp white vinegar, ½ tsp liquid soap (vegetable oil base) in hot water (2 cups) in a bucket or spray bottle. Apply this to any surface and clean.
Volatile compounds which are released as gases from your cleaning products might cause harm, long term or short term. Using eco-friendly cleaning products is healthier for you and the environment.