“Nature provides a free lunch but only if we control our appetites” – William Ruckelshaus
Due to gas emissions, deforestation, population, and other factors, we now have to face the reality of nature’s depleting resources. Environmentalists have been promoting sustainable growth with a movement often referred to as “green” or “eco.” There is a growing awareness of the importance of recycling and other measures to control the over-exploitation of nature. It makes sense to go green, which entails always considering the benefits to the environment. Everything that harms the environment will affect us in return. Perhaps these effects won’t be felt immediately, however, they will be felt by generations to come. Here are some key reasons why you should consider green cleaning to lessen the impact on the Earth:
- Green cleaning products are an excellent alternative for those who have allergic reactions or asthma symptoms due to strong smells and chemicals. The products don’t contain the ingredients that can cause asthma.
- Organic and biodegradable products are the most Earth-friendly and the least toxic.
- Not only do green cleaning products protect the health and safety of the environment, they also protect the health and safety of humans and create a healthier home.
- Conventional cleaning products can be dangerous to pets.
- When we rinse solvents and bleach, which are components of many detergents, some of them never go away.
- Going green, preserves the air quality in the house, making it safer for people, especially children. In fact, the EPA has stated that indoor air pollution can be significantly worse than outdoor air pollution.
- Products with no sulfates and those that produce a little amount of suds, require less water to wash away.
- With eco-friendly products there is a reduced chance of eye and skin irritation, chemical burns, and accidental poisoning.
- If you create your own green cleaning concoctions, you can save a significant amount of money.
- Dangerous toxins found in conventional cleaning formulas enter our bodies through the skin and when we breathe and drink water.
If you’ve been wondering how to go green, here are a few tips:
- If you purchase green products, look for the green seal. In Canada, there is the Eco logo on product labels.
- Make your own products. Just be sure to label them and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
- Ask the maid service you hire to use green cleaning products.
- Stock your house with green cleaning essentials that can be used to ensure it is spotless. A few examples that you should have on hand include:
- White vinegar: This serves as an anti-fungal and disinfectant. Use it to prevent mold, disinfect toys, deodorize and clean pet accidents, disinfect bathrooms and kitchens, and eliminate unpleasant smells. Fill half of a spray bottle with white vinegar and the other half with water. If the odor bothers you, neutralize it with lemon juice.
- Baking soda: There are a variety of product recipes that call for baking soda. It acts as an excellent deodorizer and gentle scouring agent. It can be used to deodorize litter boxes, the refrigerator, cabinets, and diaper pails, as well as clean counters, and more.
- Hydrogen peroxide: Look for a 3% concentration. Hydrogen peroxide is a nontoxic bleach and helps to remove stains and disinfect.
- Lemon juice: Mix half lemon juice and half water in a spray bottle to freshen the air. It’s also an effective de-greaser and stain remover.
Why do you consider green cleaning important?