Although rarely does anyone enjoy giving their home a good scrub, the ultimate reason for keeping a home clean is for the health and wellness of its inhabitants. But did you know that many of the cleaning products you use could be doing the exact opposite? 63 synthetic chemical products are found in the average American home, translating to roughly 10 gallons of harmful chemicals. Read up on a few tips to keep your cleaning regimen as sustainable (and healthy) as possible.
– Switch to green cleaning products that do without the potentially harmful chemicals and nonrenewable resources (such as petroleum). B E E Home Cleaning Products is one example of many companies that specialize in green cleaning supplies.
– Especially in the winter months, avoid antibacterial cleaners. The FDA has found that antibacterial cleaning products only aid germs in growing immune and stronger. You can achieve the cleanest clean using good old fashioned bar soap and warm water.
– Keep your windows open as much as possible to increase clean air flow and to rid of airborne toxins.
– Try using natural substances to freshen your home instead of chemically based air fresheners. Boil cinnamon or cloves, grow highly fragrant flowers, or even bake some chocolate chip cookies!
– Recycle your empty toxic chemical containers the right way. Many cities hold collection events – find out about the ones in your area. Be sure to dispose of the hazardous liquids properly as well, not down the drain or in the garbage.
– Taking off your shoes at the door saves water and cleaning supplies, keeps the air fresher, and avoids tracking toxins into your home.
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