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Why You Should Update Your Cleaning Products With Greener Options

Why You Should Update Your Cleaning Products With Greener Options
by Amanda Turner

While a clean environment is a priority for most people, it’s not as common to think about how we’re cleaning up. If you’ve used the same technique and products your entire life, it may be time to take a step back and make sure that you’re using cleaning products that are healthy for yourself and the environment. 

With the substantial amount of news on “best practices” to care for the environment, there’s no reason to stick to our old ways. Here are a few reasons you should be using safe product in your home.

Unknown ingredients

Have you ever checked the ingredients on your cleaning product? If it’s second nature to trust something you buy at Wal-Mart, you may want to take a hard look at the label. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) wrote about toxic household cleaners and stated that, “The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic.” Many of these toxic artificial fragrances are found in cleaning products, yet aren’t disclosed on the ingredient label due to fragrance trade secrets.

Health concerns

Think about all of the cleaning product you use on a daily basis—laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, multi-surface cleaner. These dangerous toxins could be on your plates, woven in your clothes, and in all of your home appliances. It’s almost impossible to avoid contact with the cleaning products you’re using, which is why you should make sure that you’re using quality products. These toxins can lead to numerous health problems like breathing and lung problems, skin irritation, dizziness, nausea, and more.

Environmental impact

Think about all of the packaging that’s touched by these toxic cleaning products. Whenever you’re finished using the product, it gets thrown away, and eventually left in a landfill. One article written about the environmental impact of cleaning products points out that leftover chemicals in partially empty containers can cause problems in disposal sites, affecting animal life and vegetation.

 

While these are only a few pointers that support green cleaning products, make sure to do your own research—look into the products used in your home to make sure that they’re safe for both people and the environment. Being aware of the problem is the first step in making more informed purchasing decisions that will be beneficial to your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of the environment.