Even though we are, in general, fairly aware of the health dangers related to smoking, excessive drinking and polluted city locations, we are perhaps less informed about the problems caused by the toxic chemicals used in everyday, household cleaning products.
It may come as a surprise to most people, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside the average U.S. home is around two to five times more polluted than what we breathe outside, thanks to the chemicals found in household cleaners. The latest poison statistics, based on 2015 data, reveal that poison control centers in the U.S. give telephone advice for almost 2.2 million cases of human poison exposure a year. Cleaning substances are one of the main culprits.
Air fresheners and cleaning products are two household products that are known carcinogens. According to the American Cancer Society, carcinogens can lead to cancer. This means that anyone using these items on a regular basis is placing themselves at risk from infection. With access to worrying data like this, even the idea of continuing to use regular cleaning products becomes impossible.
So, what’s the alternative? Green, eco-friendly, natural replacements.
Eco-friendly cleaning services
If you were thinking that by going eco-friendly you’d have to say goodbye to employed help, then you’d be wrong. There are a number of professional services offering to clean your home using green products. When it comes to cleaning the windows in an eco way, it can be difficult to do a thorough job if you don’t have all the equipment needed to reach as far as necessary on the outside. Enter the professional support of green window cleaning services that promise to reduce residue and grime, without endangering your health with toxins.
Eco-friendly branded cleaning products
In recent years there’s been an increase in the number of eco-friendly cleaning products available on the market for people to buy and use in their homes. Some brands offer special eco-friendly products for individual tasks – floor cleaners, bathroom cleaners, kitchen worktop solutions, etc. – and other brands produce all-in-one products that can be used to clean anything from our bodies to our laundry.
Homemade cleaning solutions
If you’d like to try your hand at creating your own cleaning products from basic items that you’re bound to have stored in your cupboards at home, vinegar will become your new best friend.
Five liters of water, one cup of vinegar and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil makes the perfect natural cleaner for hardwood floors. One cup of vinegar mixed with 1/4 cup of baking soda gives you just the solution you need to thoroughly clean your toilet basin, remove mold from in between tiles, or tackle mineral deposits on showerheads. Even carpet stains can’t stand up against the natural powers of vinegar. Mix one part vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle, cover the stain and let it soak for a few minutes. Clean with a scrubbing brush and warm soapy water and voila! Goodbye stain!
Going green at home has never been easier and the benefits for us and our family’s health make it extremely worthwhile.