Why Switch to Green Cleaning Products
Cleaning supplies … they get sprayed and wiped onto just about every surface of our homes. If it can harbor dust, bacteria or germs, it gets sprayed. And while we spray we think about how clean we’re making our home … how safe we’re making it for our kids to eat off the table and crawl on the floor. But are we?
As we spray and scrub and scour, the chemicals contained in many cleaning supplies are left behind on the surfaces they are designed to de-contaminate. These are the same surfaces our children are eating from, the same surfaces we are preparing our foods on and the same surfaces we come in contact with day after day. When you think about it that way, is it any wonder that green cleaning supplies have become more popular in recent years?
Why Go Green?
According to the Environmental Working Group, ordinary cleaning supplies expose children to numerous toxic chemicals that have been linked to asthma, cancer and other health problems. According to laboratory tests conducted by the Environmental Working Group, a typical cleaning supply cabinet contains products that release about 450 different chemicals into the air, including chloroform, benzene and formaldehyde.
Aside from the adverse effects on our health, we need to consider what these chemicals are doing to our environment.
What are Green Cleaning Supplies?
Green Cleaning supplies are products that have been independently certified to meet protective health and safety standards. As for common chemicals found in cleaning supplies — there is very little regulation and there are no labeling requirements which alert the consumer to the chemicals contained in the products.
Manufacturers of green cleaners exclude chemicals with known or suspected toxicities. Green products list all of the ingredients on their labels. If an ingredient may be toxic to the user or contributes to environmental problems, it’s not included in green cleaners.
One top-rated green product is Clorox Natural Laundry Detergent. The detergent has the stain-removal power people expect of Clorox while remaining 95 percent natural. Made from plant- and mineral-based biodegradable ingredients, this laundry detergent is never tested on animals.
It makes sense to go green with your laundry detergent — our clothes touch our skin all day. So, shouldn’t you consider going green with your dishwasher detergent? After all, you’re eating and drinking from dishes that may contain residue from harsh chemical detergents. Seventh Generation Dishwashing Detergent is free and clear of harsh chemicals, perfumes and dyes.
As for the rest of your home, you need some great all-purpose cleaners that are also safe, chemical free and get the job done. Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner is a concentrated all purpose cleaner that dilutes with water. It’s non-toxic, non-caustic and biodegradable.
For carpets and upholstry, look no further than Bissell’s Little Green Advanced Formula which works in the Bissell and DirtDevil compact deep cleaning machines. You can feel great knowing that your carpets are clean and free of phosphates that are often left behind by non-green carpet cleaners.
Clorox Green Works Natural Cleaner contains cleaning agents derived from plants and minerals. This product works great on countertops, appliances, stainless steel, sealed granite, chrome, cooktops, sinks and toilets. It’s just as effective as traditional cleaners, but there are no harsh chemicals.
Is there a Downside?
The biggest complaint about green cleaners is the cost. Generally, they are more expensive than their counterparts. And while green cleaners are just as effective in terms of killing germs and removing bacteria, in order to achieve the same level of visual cleanliness, many green cleaners require the user to put forth a little more effort.
Despite these drawbacks, the benefits of going green far outweigh the negatives.