Cleaning products are a necessary evil in a world where we strive to keep every surface free of bacteria and allergens. A large number of cleaning products are petroleum-based, which has questionable effects on the wellness of your health and on the environment. Worldwide, the U.S. is the largest national producer of chemical products. To lessen your environmental impact and leave a healthy world for future generations, start by looking at what is in your spray bottles.
Use Green Cleaning Products
Eco-friendly cleaning products have been hitting store shelves for years now in an attempt to offset the large number of harmful cleaning products that are available. These cleaning products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources, unlike older products that use petroleum. While these green brands are available at most stores in the country, they can come at a bit of a higher cost than your standard cleaning products. For an at-home green solution, mix a bit of warm water with either vinegar or baking soda. Either one of these typical kitchen items can clean almost anything and are environmentally friendly.
Be Aware Of Air Quality
The air inside of a home or office is commonly more toxic than the air outside. Buildings are better insulated than ever before to conserve energy, but this also means that any small presence of toxic materials and substances are trapped inside. The risk of toxic air quality is especially present in offices where industrial cleaners are used. Besides the building occupants who are exposed, the cleaning industry employs about 2.8 million janitors who are in close contact with these chemicals every day. According to data from Washington State, about 6% of janitors suffer a job-related injury from chemical exposure every year. When possible, encourage your office building to switch to green products in order take care of their janitorial staff and building occupants.
Carefully Dispose Toxic Cleaners
As you replace cleaners in your home or office, don’t throw them in the trash. Their chemical toxicity will be as harmful to landfills and drains as it was to your indoor spaces. Pouring these chemicals down the drain can also mean that they get into your water supply, becoming even more harmful to a larger number of people. Instead, see if your community has a toxins and electronics recycling day. Many towns hold specific days each month for residents to safely dispose of their problematic waste. There are also recycling centers across the country that can handle toxic waste any day of the week.
There are many ways to make your lifestyle more eco-friendly, from what you eat to what you wear. What you use to clean your home is becoming increasingly important as we see the environmental impact of harmful chemicals around the world. Lessen your impact today by taking steps towards green cleaning.
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