Green Cleaning: 3 Reasons to Clean up Your Cleaning Act

3. The Environmental Impact


The first thing that we all think of when we think “green cleaning” is the impact on the environment.  Avoiding chemicals is important to the safety and the security of our fragile ecosystem.  Try mixing up some cleaners at home.  Common ingredients include vinegar, baking soda, washing soda, and lemon juice.  These products are safe for our drains and septic systems, and you don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals sneaking back into your water supply.

2. Your Indoor Air Quality


When you walk into your home, you want the air to smell fresh.  Too often we try and mask odors with air fresheners or candles, but these products can contain dangerous chemicals known as pthlalates.  Try using houseplants to improve indoor air quality.  Some common plants that eliminate toxins are Aloe, Spider Plants, Gerber Daisies, Weeping Figs, and English Ivy.
Have a nasty odor that just won’t go away?  Try these natural deodorizers:

  •     Lemons – Garbage Disposal
  •     Coffee Grounds – Refrigerator
  •     Vanilla Extract – Freezer
  •     Green Tea – Kitty Litter Boxes

1. The Health of Our Families


Environmental experts speculate that the average home contains around 62 toxic synthetic chemicals.  Common culprits include:

  •     Pthlalates – known to cause reproductive harm and hormone disruption
  •     1,4-dioxane – linked to an increased risk of breast cancer
  •     Carbon Tetrachloride and Chloroform – both carcinogens
  •     Perchloroethylene – Causes damage to liver, kidneys, nervous system
  •     Sodium Hypochlorite (Chlorine Bleach) – Severe eye/skin irritation, damage to respiratory tract

It’s important to remember that these chemicals are not only harmful if ingested.  They also pose a danger through inhalation and dermal exposure.  Any residue left on surfaces after cleaning poses a health risk.