Green Cleaning Products and Your Home: Part 1

Cleanign Servce can be green

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Instead of opting for the same old harsh cleaners every time you want to tidy up your home, consider reaching for something a bit more environmentally friendly instead. Now, you don’t have to be a hippie or a “green” freak to want to do this. In fact, opting for non-toxic cleaners is better for your health, which is pretty important, don’t you think?

Whether you hire a cleaning service or just go about it yourself, you can find many products on the market nowadays that bear the “green” tag. Many service providers promise to only use green cleaning products as well. This is a real advantage if you don’t have the time to get your house spic and span but want it to look nice anyway.

What you might not know is that many of the cleaning products you can think of off the top of your head are actually quite dangerous. Since they are petroleum-based, they have serious environmental effects and may have negative health effects as well. They clean by stripping everything from the surface to which they are applied, for good or for bad.

If you hire a cleaning service, look for one that promotes their use of green products. You should do a little research yourself as well to familiarize yourself with the ingredients that you should stay away from. Always ask to see what products a company uses before you hire them. This could save you a lot of trouble (and a lot of breathing in nasty fumes) later down the road.

Nowadays, green cleaning products are designed to be just as effective as regular household cleaners without the toxicity. Be on the lookout for biodegradable and renewable cleaners. This means they have no impact on the environment and they are not petroleum-based.

Not convinced green cleaning is the way to go, whether you embark on the effort yourself or hire a cleaning service? Check this out: 17,000 petrochemicals are available for use around the home and only 30% of them have been tested for their impact on health and the environment. Scary, huh?

Plus, indoor air quality can be as much as 100% more polluted than outdoor air because of chemical fumes from these cleaners. Now do you see why you need to vet your cleaning service carefully? Yes, going green in this regard may seem difficult at first, but with a little education, you’ll be on a path toward better health.

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