If you buy organic foods and organic clothing, it just makes sense that you should use organic cleaning products. The interesting thing is that a lot of consumers don't realize that there are such beneficial goods on their grocery store shelves.
This brief discussion will look at the compounds officially packaged as organic cleaning products and will also consider some harmless materials that work wonders when you are facing some common household messes.
Okay, first, let's look at the actual products that are sold as organic cleaning products. If you read their labels, you will see that they too have to meet the same standards as other organic materials, but they may not be as "safe" as you initially believe.
For example, for something to get an organic label it usually has to contain a specific percentage of organic ingredients. This can mean that the cleanser has a few safe and relatively harmless compounds, but it might also pack a real wallop in terms of toxicity. So, the most important thing to do is to read the labels and know the ingredients.
The next thing to consider is the actual need for more than a few products. For example, there are some really wonderful "all purpose" products that hold no harm for the environment or for the people who use them in their homes. So, why have a counter spray, a bath cleanser, and a glass cleaner if you can find one bottle that will safely tackle them all?
Of course, you may also need to consider if some of the surfaces in your home need a special treatment. For instance, you may not want to use a pine oil based cleanser on mirrors, but you could definitely put one to use on toilets and wood floors at the same time.
We also mentioned that there are some organic cleaning products not packaged as cleansers, but which can do a good job with household cleaning chores. These include baking soda, seltzer water, salt and vinegar. For decades people have used these things to clean glass (vinegar and old newspapers work miracles on dirty glass and mirrors), remove stains from carpets and close (seltzer seems to be a magic cure for everything from beet juice to wine), and lift baked on food from pans. Instead of turning to costly solutions in the cleaning aisle, look up some "homemade" recipes and then try the organic formulas to stay safe.
Consumer tests show that many people actually prefer cleaning products that are green over some of the name brand toxic products. Now, more name brand companies are joining in on green household cleaning products because of the increased interest by consumers. In many cases, natural materials and products can work even better than harsh chemicals.
Green technology is improving the power and efficiency of organic cleaning products all the time. The purpose is to make household organic cleaning products that clean well but do not pollute the earth, and are safer for a home's inhabitants. Materials that can easily be replenished such as vegetation are perfect for household cleaners.
Right now, there are environmentally friendly cleaning products that clean windows, counters, marbles, showers, counter tops, ovens and stoves, mold,walls or exterminate bed bugs from mattresses. There are even steam cleaning products that clean floors, carpets and do the laundry. You may also combine these products with the use of a hepa filter vacuum for the best natural cleaning of your house. Some natural cleaning products can also help removing rust stains. More products are being made all the time which should drastically cut down on the number of toxins we use in our homes.
Tit For Tat?
We tend to think of all cleaning products as helpful, but many are actually more of a trade-off of one harm for another. Here are a few examples:
Many of the antibacterial products that are seen actually clean no better than soap and water. Also, they can breed some forms of “super bacteria” that becomes resistant to regular cleaning with soap and water.
Ammonia is a very dangerous product and is not environmentally friendly at all. Actually, any product that warns you not to get into eyes or to inhale is a potential threat. Many green cleaners can actually be safely ingested (not that they taste good, but at least they do no harm!).
The contents of many chemical cleaners leave residues on surfaces and toxins in the air, and then later leach into the environment and ground water.
You also must be careful throwing chemical products out as they just end up in the landfill. Many neighborhoods now have “hazardous liquids” and similar trash pickups in various parts of the city. The local paper should list where they will be and when.
The Benefits Of Green Cleaning
By using green cleaning products, we are reducing the amount of pollutants in our home as well as the earth. In most instances, it also saves money. Green cleaning products do not harm our homes, possessions, ground water or earth. They are not as harsh on the skin as toxic chemicals, either. Most are made out of natural material so it does not damage anything. Using green cleaning products promotes a healthier future for our Grand children and their Grand children, and all of us breathing and drinking water today.
You can also try to make your own household cleaners mixing natural ingredients that you can find in your house.