Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Green Cleaning

Imagine you’ve just finished cleaning your home…what does it smell like? Fresh and clean or bleachy and toxic?

Did you know that the cleaner your home, the more toxic it may actually be?

Harmful chemicals in common household cleaners wreak havoc on your respiratory system and some even contain carcinogens. These chemicals are then washed down your drain and make their way into our ground water, wildlife and eventually back into our homes via the food we consume.

Using green cleaning products is the best and safest method to keeping your home safe and allergen-free.

What is green cleaning you ask?

Green cleaning refers to the practice of using environmentally friendly products and procedures which help preserve human health and environmental quality. Using products with ingredients that are naturally occurring and non-harmful to the environment will go a long way in protecting your loved ones, and also the world we live in.

With the increase in awareness of the harmful ingredients in cleaners, there are numerous products you can purchase that are environmentally friendly and safe to use in your home. But be sure to read the ingredients! Seeing words like ‘green’ or ‘natural’ on a label does not always mean they are (those words are not regulated and can be used freely), the same goes for the word ‘organic’, which only means the cleaning products are carbon-based and can still release harmful fumes.

Vinegar, baking soda, lemon and hydrogen peroxide are some of the more common ingredients used to make green cleaning products and it’s likely you already have these in your pantry!

While store bought green products can save you time, they can be a bit costly and may not disclose all ingredients used. By making your own products and you’ll save money and be able to rest peacefully knowing the exact ingredients you’ve used!

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