4 Reasons to Use Green Cleaning Products

While promises to kill 99.9% of all known germs and cheap, economy-sized bottles make commercial household cleaning products alluring, what is the actual cost of these toxic chemicals? And just how good are they for your family and the environment?

4 Reasons to Use Green Cleaning Products
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As more corporations are prioritizing the move to ‘green’ products and practices, there are more eco-friendly household cleaning products on the shelves than ever. In fact, there’s never been a better time to ditch the harsh chemicals and go ‘green.’ 

Here are four reasons you should switch to chemical-free cleaning today. 

1. Keep Your Family and Pets Safe

Switching to all-natural household cleaning products is a safer choice for you and your loved ones. With eco-friendly products, you won’t have to breathe in the toxic fumes of chemicals – and you’re less likely to develop skin conditions and respiratory issues.

Inhaling chemicals comes with health risks – especially if you have pets and small children. For one, children and animals who are exposed to harsh cleaning products are more susceptible to respiratory conditions like asthma. Pets and small children are also at ground-level, which means they come into direct contact with floor cleaning products. This can lead to skin irritation and even allergic reactions. 

While you should still keep your all-natural cleaning products out of reach, using eco-friendly products reduces the risk of chemical burns or poisoning if your child or pet does get into it. 

2. Help the Environment

Switching to eco-friendly cleaning products benefits the planet because you’ll release fewer toxic chemicals into the air and groundwater. Conventional cleaning products usually contain phosphorus and nitrates, which can contaminate ground water. These chemicals cannot be removed by water treatment facilities, so they make their way into waterways – where they end up poisoning the local ecosystem.  

Eco-friendly cleaning products, on the other hand, aren’t as harmful for the environment. ‘Green’ cleaners and detergents are non-toxic and non-corrosive – which makes them a better option for the planet. 

Eco-friendly manufacturers also tend to be more conscious of the environment. Usually, their product packaging is recyclable or made from recycled materials, their products are sustainably sourced, and they adhere to ethical manufacturing practices.   

3. Reduce Allergens and Irritants

While it’s a good idea to wear gloves and increase ventilation when you’re working with harsh cleaning products, it’s difficult to avoid inhaling toxic ingredients like acetone and ammonia. What’s worse is that these chemicals don’t evaporate immediately – they stay on surfaces and in the air long after you’ve used them. These lingering chemicals pose a particular risk to people with allergies, sensitive skin, and asthma.  

On the other hand, eco-friendly cleaning products don’t typically contain allergens and irritants like synthetic fragrances, bleach, formaldehyde, chlorine, and sulfates. Instead of harsh chemicals, eco-friendly cleaning product manufacturers use plant-based surfactants, natural fragrances, vinegar, and oil. 

4. Protect Your Possessions

Using harsh chemical cleaners on your floors, furniture, and surfaces over the long term can damage them and reduce their lifespan. This is because these cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that are corrosive. 

Switching to eco-friendly cleaning products is an effective way to keep your home clean without damaging your floors, fittings and furniture. As an added bonus, you won’t need to worry if you spill an all-natural cleaner on one of your prized possessions – natural cleaning products won’t leave stains or marks behind. 

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