Green Cleaning

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.

31 Replies to “Green Cleaning”

  1. Hi, I find reading this article a joy. It is extremely helpful and interesting and very much looking forward to reading more of your work.

  2. Scientists indicate that microbes do not build up a tolerance or resistance to the antimicrobial action of essential oils. There are new disinfectants that are considered green with the primary ingredient botanical thyme oil. You can google that to find distributors. So now you can clean with a green product and follow it up with disinfection.
    Gary Clipperton
    President
    https://nationalproclean.com

  3. A major downfall of commercial cleaners, especially chlorine bleach, is that when mixed with common organic matter such as urine, it produces hazardous gasses that can cause lung disease and even slow death. Most people I know use bleach to clean toilets. Isn’t that where urine resides? If bleach is accidentally mixed with dish soap will produce mustard gas. When it mixes with other organic substances in laundry, food, blood, or other bodily fluids it produces chloroform which is a known carcinogen. I have removed every bit of bleach from our home and office and will forbid it from ever returning. I was shocked to find all of this information while doing research. What angers me more is that hydrogen peroxide and essential oils naturally kill bacteria and viruses so bleach is not needed and yet it is still readily used.

  4. Thanks for sharing.
    Most of the conventional cleaning products we all grew up with are petroleum-based and have dubious health and environmental implications. Instead of opting for cleaning products that annihilate everything in their path, there are plenty of natural products and methods that keep a house clean and fresh-smelling without the toxic side effects.

  5. Well, ‘s really true that there are many cleaning products that offer proper cleaning but sometimes they are harmful in many ways like it can damage the shining and finishing your doors and shutters and also your skin etc.. so better to use organic products or green products for cleaning.

  6. It’s not just homeowners that are switching to environmentally friendly (green) products. Commercial businesses are being forced to at least offer the green alternative if they haven’t switched over 100% by now. It’s the wave of the future as it very well should be. The more people ask for it the more companies will make the switch.

  7. Many of these products for the home and help keep your surroundings clean, you can use .. It is cheap and easy to make and also best for health

  8. Sometimes you can “Go green” by reducing waste!

    I offer a floor finishing product called Neverstrip that goes on over any finish, looks like fresh wax for 5 years, and only needs sweeping and twice weekly mopping to keep it that way. You never have to buff, polish, rewax, or strip the floors.

    It saves 70 percent or more in maintenance costs, labor, and more importantly commercial waste.

    The chemicals used to strip and re coat floors are very toxic, and an enormous amount is generated each year in the industry. New technologies like Neverstrip can make a huge impact in this arena.

    The savings over 5 years are very significant, as you can see here:

    http://www.flooressenceinc.com/institutional_flooring_memphis.html

  9. This is very true. Choosing less hazardous products that have positive environmental attributes is really important.

  10. Green products become more and more popular, but traditional way is still in use by a very large number of people. Most of people who needs green cleaning have small kids, they try to protect them from chemicals. Floors are wiped with this green products so the kids playing on the floor can play safely. Anyway the best and most trough cleaning is with chemicals,this products kill almost all bacteria if they are used in the right way.

  11. Green cleaning is good for environment but is not the same with traditional cleaning. Chemicals kill all the bacteria but green products only %40 or %50. So if you really want a good disinfection of your house chose traditional cleaning. For maintaining the cleaning you can use green products.

  12. Hi Blogger,

    I have been in cleaning service from more than 10 years. We are totally exposed to harmful chemicals and pesticides everyday. So, I do understand what is the importance of using green cleaning materials and harmless chemicals. But it hardly follows anywhere because it is our mindset that if you want to achieve crystal clean result then strong chemicals must be used.
    I appreciate your informative blog as I find it very useful…thanks!

  13. As a house cleaner I advice my clients to make natural products and use them as a cleaning utensils in their house. It is cheap and easy to make and also best for health.

  14. Everyone wants to clean their home. For this purpose they use lots of cleaners and lot of techniques. But if you want to clean their home properly or by the advanced techniques use the Green Cleaning. They provide you good techniques to clean your home instead of using the traditional techniques.

  15. I own a cleaning service in central Florida and have noticed a definite upswing in the number of clients requesting “Green Cleaning” as opposed to traditional cleaning. We strive to use products that have as little of a negative impact on the environment as possible (i.e. no aerosol sprays) and find customers appreciate this

  16. As we should all know, harsh cleaning solutions can take a toll to our health and to other living organisms as well. Maintaining an orderly household is not easy especially if you do not have the luxury of time to pick up after your kids’ toys and other mess. With the help of ‘green’ cleaning products, you get to tidy things up at home without doing harm to the environment.

  17. Thanks very much for the mention! Great things you’re doing here. Kudos all around. I try not to use antibacterial anything, and my husband agrees the chocolate chip cookies sound like a great way to fragrance our home. (Of course he does.) I always have something cooking when he gets home, so I guess I’m cheating a little bit. I’d like to try boiling the clove or cinnamon. Great idea!

  18. Hello Blogs,
    On a similar note,, Green cleaning – so many things have been said about this alternative method of cleaning. But do you really know what green cleaning is? Green cleaning refers to the method of using natural cleaning products in cleaning your household, your office and almost any area that you can think of. Green cleaning is starting to become the preferred alternative over the traditional cleaning method using commercial products ever since the society has become more and more aware of the adverse effects of commercial cleaning products.
    Regards

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