Implementing simple changes in your daily routine can result in a healthier living environment for your family and have positive effects on the world around you as well. Choosing greener cleaning products mean fewer chemicals absorbed by family and pets, fewer chemicals absorbed into the soil and water system, and better air quality. As an added bonus, cleaning products can be less expensive than traditional cleaners, according to Care.com.
The benefits of choosing natural options to clean with are numerous. Unfortunately, many people have misconceptions about green cleaning. We’re here to debunk a few of the most common myths people believe about green cleaning.
Myth: Natural cleaners don’t work as well
Fact: Natural cleaners work at least as well as the chemical-filled brands. In fact, you can get excellent results by making cleaners with ingredients in your own cupboard. Many people mistakenly think these cleaners don’t work as well. One reason people think green cleaners don’t work is that the products they have been using leave an invisible film on their cupboards, tables, stovetops and floors. During your initial use of a natural cleaner, you may need to add a drop of dish soap to the mixture to remove the film. Further cleanings will result in equally impressive cleaning jobs as store brands.
New developments in green cleaning products also mean that the newer formulas are even better than those created even 10 years ago.
Myth: Green cleaning is expensive
Fact: Not true. In fact, it can be less expensive to use green cleaning methods. While it may look like you are spending more, you are actually purchasing fewer, more concentrated, cleaning products. You will get more use for your money. Plus, if you make some of the items at home, you save even more.
Myth: Green cleaning is a fad
Fact: Many people, particularly those in the professional cleaning fields, thought that green cleaning was a fad as recently as a few years ago. Fortunately, research showed that the benefits of green cleaning were numerous, which helped encourage other businesses to take green cleaning options more seriously. Benefits like fewer illnesses and better productivity are particularly beneficial to companies and individuals alike.
Myth: Green cleaning is only about the product you use
Fact: This is one of the most dangerous myths about green cleaning. Yes, using environmentally friendly chemicals is an important part of green cleaning but you should pair the green cleaning products with cleaning methods that are also eco-friendly to get the best results.
Simple changes like keeping the air fresh in your home can reduce the buildup of germs and allergens, which can increase the need for cleaning. Finding ways to reduce the amount of water and electricity you use as well as using rags instead of paper towels also help make your cleaning routine even better for the environment.
Myth: Not all green cleaning products are safe
Fact: Actually, this one isn’t entirely false. When choosing your green cleaning product you should be careful, do a bit of research, and read labels. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created Design for the Environment, a review team that reviews ingredients used in cleaning products. To receive approval from the DFE, the product must contain ingredients that are the least “concerning,” according to Prevention. Green Seal and EcoLogo also require products they approve to be carcinogen and toxin free.
Products you make at home using vinegar, water, lemon and borax are safe as well since they use all natural ingredients and pose no danger to kids and pets.
Five quick tips: Here are five simple things you can do around the home to make your cleaning routine more eco-friendly
• Recycle old towels and t-shirts into cleaning rags instead of using paper towels
• Fix leaky faucets and save gallons of water every month
• Skip rinsing the dishes before using the dishwasher
• Hang more clothes to dry instead of using the dryer
• Wash your clothes in cold water
Check out some more tips for eco-friendly choices from 50 Ways to Help.
At Sparkling Clean Agency, we want your home to be safe and clean for you and your family. We are committed to providing green cleaning services to all of our customers. We make our tea-tree oil based cleaning product in house and each of the cleaners that work through our agency know our commitment to providing quality service that is good for your home and good for the environment. Let us help you get your home sparkling clean! Call us today to schedule an appointment.
Brazilian mother of two and CEO of Sparkling Clean Pro & Green Living Supplies since 2005. Working as an ecological advocate within the cleaning industry & aiding immigrant families and women at risk.