This isn’t so. Not only are green cleaning products good for the environment, they are also safe, effective alternatives to the toxins that most American households are willingly introducing to their homes on a daily basis.
In this article, we take a quick look at the benefits of green cleaning products!
No Health Risk
Standard cleaning products aren’t just bad for the environment. The same products that are harming mother earth are also hurting real people every day. On the milder end of the spectrum, it is quite common to see people suffer cleaning related injuries that include burning skin or eyes. Sore throats and headaches are also regularly reported.
In fact, about 6% of janitors report serious injuries every year that are a direct extension of the work that they do with hazardous waste materials.
On the more serious end of the spectrum, industrialized chemicals have been associated with increased rates of cancer and other fatal illnesses. Bleaches, chlorines, and detergents that are commonly being used in many American homes have a clear association with serious injury—injuries that can be avoided simply by switching to a more natural alternative.
Better for the Environment
Naturally, these products are also much better for the environment than the industrialized alternative. The commercial production of these chemicals alone is associated with heavy air pollution and water contamination—factors that have real and grave consequences for the communities that are affected by them.
Further damage is done when it is time to dispose of the chemicals after use. The grave and ongoing risk of industrial cleaning equipment is largely averted through the use of eco-friendly cleaning products.
While waste occurs through all means of production, eco-friendly products are specifically designed with the purpose of sustainability. As a result, the chemicals themselves are usually mild and not at all harmful in terms of their impact on the environment.
Eco-friendly cleaning chemicals also tend to benefit from sustainable packaging. As a result, they help to keep mother earth healthy at all stages of their processing and development.
They also just work well! Eco-friendly products are usually just as (or nearly just as) effective as their industrialized alternatives. They manage to create effective long term cleaning solutions that subvert the need for noxious, harmful chemicals.
It is true that eco-friendly products tend to be more expensive than other options. On the professional level, this cost can be offset somewhat through discounts extended by professional organizations, as well as the cost-effective practice of buying in bulk.
At home cleaning, you can often make natural cleaning products yourself, saving on money while also keeping your family safer. It’s worth the time. It’s worth the cost. It’s worth the effort.