Choosing to use Green Cleaning Products can be a simple way to not only reduce the damage you do on the earth, but also to reduce the damage you do to yourself. How many of us actually abide by all the ‘how to use’ information on our home cleaning products?
My guess, not many. After all, most of us rarely even read such tiny instructions or warnings do we. We tend to assume that if something is sold to us it simply must be safe. But, though generally it is pretty easy not to kill yourself with multi-surface kitchen cleaner, all these products do have potential health risks. It isn’t just the concern about toddlers drinking things they really shouldn’t either (though household cleaners are the main cause of child poisonings today). No, the issue is how we use them and what we use them with.
Most cleaners will tell you that they should be used only in a well ventilated space. But lets be honest here, how many of our guest bathrooms are well ventilated? Ditto the oven and most of us do not own really great breathing apparatus, nor would we wear it when cleaning the oven? But, fail to follow the rules and you will definitely be breathing in far more of the fumes from your products than that deemed safe in their product testing.
If your eyes are running, you start sneezing or your skin is irritated can you really be happy about what is going on inside? Much better to choose greener cleaning products that are more mild to you who uses them. This is one of the reasons the Simple Green Cleaner range has done so extraordinarily well. After all, they are far from the most environmentally friendly ranges available. But, what they do have is a history of being used as workplace cleaners. Firstly this means that however green they are there first job is to be efficient. The second issue is that to be sold as industrial workplace cleaning products requires passing far more stringent safety legislation than anything used in the home. So, though they may have their detractors they are generally some of the safest cleaning products for you to be using, as far as your own health is concerned.
On the whole Green Cleaning Products are better for you, as well as for the earth. Relying less on harmful irritants means they are less likely to lead to health issues for those who use them. But, even if you use the most natural cleaner on the market do think about how you use them. Leave all natural vegetable soap on your skin and it will damage it, drying it with its alkaline nature. Vinegar may be the mildest antibacterial cleaner going but you wouldn’t want to inhale it when mixed with baking soda.
Green Cleaning Products are better for you and the earth, but only if you break the habit of a lifetime and read those instructions every now and again. And, think very carefully before using two different products together. The reaction to products mixing can be very different to when used alone.
Amazon now sell a wide range of green and Eco cleaners that may be of interest.