Do you know why it is important to choose green cleaning products throughout your home? Green cleaning is not only important for kids, pregnant women, and those with fragile immune systems. We all need to be aware of the long term effects of common household chemicals. From shower cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners to the paint on your walls, we’re living amongst more and more toxic chemicals. We are led to believe that everything we buy has been tested for safety and carefully monitored by the government. Sadly this is not the case, and the impact of these toxic chemicals can be detrimental to our health. Evidence has linked chemicals found in common household products to a range of conditions including cancer, asthma, allergies, hormonal disruption, and reproductive and developmental disorders. The decision to stop using these synthetic chemicals is one of the most important ones you’ll ever make for the health of your family and the safety of your home. Additionally, knowing that everything leaves a footprint on the earth, the object of the game is to choose and use those ingredients that leave the smallest mark possible. Click here to check out this article from the EPA to learn more
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims the air in our homes is two to five times more polluted than the air outside of our homes.
- The average home contains over 1,500 hazardous compounds. Over 150 chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities.
- Grow a lot of houseplants in your home. They act as indoor air filters and remove air pollutants.
- Keep the windows open during the day to let the fresh air in.
- Never use air fresheners or room deodorizers.
- If a label includes the notice “Poison,” “Danger,” or “Warning,” avoid the product all together.
- Only purchase green cleaning products where the ingredients are listed on the label and make sure vegetable based surfactants are used.
- Do not use chlorine bleach or products containing it.
So, read the labels on the cleaning products and other chemicals that you are using around your home. Are they safe? If not, it is time to start buying healthier, green cleaning products or hire a home cleaning service that specializes in green cleaning.