Green ways To Clean Your House!
Whether you have kids, pets, or just want to be kinder to the environment (or do all three, like me!), you have plenty of options for green cleaning products as alternatives to the standard, potentially harmful, and chemical-laden cleaning products many people choose to use.
Chemicals like ammonia and bleach are toxic when ingested, and if accidentally mixed, they create a poisonous gas. Hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, potassium, sodium hydroxide, and ethanolamines can cause skin burns, blindness, and lung irritation.
Products with “fragrance” listed on the label can contain endocrine disruptors and cause allergic reactions. Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC) in cleaning products can affect indoor air quality and add to smog outdoors. In addition, when household chemicals are washed away into bodies of water, some can remain in the environment or end up in the food chain.
With more and more people becoming conscious of their environmental toll and the impact on ourselves, our children, and our pets that some of the chemicals in cleaning products can have, we now have a big selection of plant-derived and green cleaning products to choose from.
Brands like Greenworks by Clorox, Method, Seventh Generation, Meyer’s, Enviro Klean, Krud Kutter, Sustainable Earth, Simple Green, Greenwise by Publix, and more can be found on store shelves.
By choosing eco-friendly or green cleaning products, you are making sure they have the following qualities all or in part: biodegradability, low toxicity, low VOC, minimal packaging, produced using less energy.
You can check Green Seal and Safer Choice in conjunction with the EPA (https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice) to verify which products are safest.
If you prefer to make your own cleaning solutions, some necessary ingredients you will need are:
• Baking Soda
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Castile Soap Essential oils, like tea tree oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, or lemongrass oil
• Essential oils like tea tree, orange oil or lemon oil (or fresh citrus), eucalyptus, lemongrass, or lavender oils, as well as olive or vegetable oil
You can find a long list of cleaning recipes for every job and room in your house here.
Whether you wish to purchase ready-made, eco-friendly green cleaning products off the shelve or make some of your own, it is possible to clean your home more safely.
By paying attention to the chemicals in the products we use to clean our homes, we are working toward protecting ourselves and the environment.
To find out more about protecting the environment and using vegan soaps, click this link.
Think Cleaner and Greener!
Blog written by Kristen Flowers