Traditional cleaning products have been in use for years, so what’s the big deal? Is green cleaning all it’s cracked up to be? Though different techniques work for everyone, more and more experts are starting to agree that green cleaning is the method of choice whenever possible. Here’s why.
Staying healthy, or getting healthier, is important to pretty much everyone. The environment you live and sleep in makes a huge (though often invisible) impact on your health. It just takes one look at the warning labels and ingredient lists on the back of a few traditional, mainstream cleaning products to find known carcinogens, neurotoxins, endocrine disrupters, and other harmful products that come with serious warnings.
Many mainstream cleaning proponents argue that the dose makes the poison and that these products are harmless. But keep in mind that most households use a wide variety of different cleaning compounds and solvents; from toilet bowl cleaner to antibacterial spray, multi-purpose cleaners, glass cleaner, and more, each of which we end up touching and breathing during and after the cleaning process. Choosing green products whenever possible to avoid an unwanted, untested chemical cocktail in your home just makes sense for your family’s health.
Green cleaning is about more than just your home’s environment. Choosing less volatile, harsh substances to clean your home helps keep junk out of the Earth’s atmosphere, landfills, and water supplies as well. Most green cleaning products are sustainably produced and don’t consume more of the world’s supply of petroleum products. They also tend to be non-toxic and biodegradable, so cleaning residue and “leftovers” won’t corrupt more of the world’s resources.
If you have children or pets, this line item is for you. Household cleaning products routinely make the Poison Control Center’s top 5 list of substances about which they receive calls; the misuse of even the most innocuous-seeming traditional cleaners can be deadly. And because young children and pets are much smaller and more sensitive to the chemicals in cleaning products, they’re even more vulnerable to the toxins. They also tend to be more tempted by the sweet, fruity smells of artificially scented cleaning products.
For most purposes, green cleaners get your home just as sparkling and fresh as their toxin-laden counterparts, so why not make a less hazardous choice and choose a professional cleaner who does the same? Chet’s Cleaning takes green cleaning seriously and uses sustainably-produced, Earth- and health-friendly products whenever possible. Have questions about the products we use? Just ask! We’d love to help you clean your home, protect the Earth, and protect your family’s health.