How can you choose Eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products to clean your home.
We all take pleasure in vanquishing germs and admiring our spotless surfaces, but it often comes at a hefty cost. Most cleaning products contain toxic chemicals, which are detrimental to our health and the environment.
Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products that can alleviate these concerns.
But are they all trustworthy? Some brands are guilty of “greenwashing” there product labels to claim they are eco friendly by the use of false advertising to push products that can't possibly live up to their claims.
So, how can you spot the real from the fake and make the safest choice for you, your family, and the environment?
If you come across a cleaning product without an ingredient list, consider that a red flag. Most sustainable companies value transparency and have no problem informing customers what’s included in their products toxic chemicals. It is suggested to read the ingredients list carefully and try your best to avoid the following chemicals:
Phthalates - can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system
Ammonia -causes lung issues and breathing problems
Triclosan - promotes the growth of superbugs
2-Butoxyethanol- can cause red blood cell damage and hemolytic anemia.
Formaldehyde -known human carcinogen
Sodium Hydroxide - causes severe burns
Chlorine - causes respiratory irritation
Harmful amounts of toxic chemicals in conventional cleaning products can potentially seep into the skin and lungs causing symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, skin rashes, headaches, and more. On the other hand, eco-friendly cleaning products are safe and will not cause any harm to you, your family, or your pets.
Earth-friendly cleaning alternatives could be the perfect solution for you and your family. Most are made with natural fragrances from essential oils, which can also give you a sense of calm and relaxation. When you choose to use green cleaning products, you are making a vote to protect the environment and are doing your part to help better the planet. From sustainable manufacturing practices and naturally derived, safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable ingredients that don't negatively impact the environment.
You can often tackle multiple cleaning jobs in your home without switching products as you clean. Plus, you don't have to worry about getting bleach stains on your clothes or accidentally mixing dangerous chemicals together as you clean when you go green.
Once you start using eco-friendly, green cleaning products and tools and see how well they work, others will most likely follow suit. Don’t be shy about green cleaning at home or the office. As more join in, it means a healthier planet for us all to enjoy! Setting an example for children guarantees a brighter future for our planet as well.