When most households switched over to fluorescent light bulbs, it set a ripple throughout the green marketing world. Environmentalists had been decrying the wasteful electric habits of halogen bulbs for years, but it was an economic incentive that led to change. People saved money on their electric bill when they used fluorescent light—a fact that got a lot of them thinking. If green light bulbs were good for their bank account, maybe green foods were good for their health, and maybe green soaps were better for their skin. In almost every case, those theories turned out to be true. Even people who didn’t care much about sustainability began to buy all natural cleaning products because of their positive side effects. These products have a good impact on the planet, but they have a good impact on the home and body too, particularly people’s skin.
The toxic cleaning supplies that some people put on their floors can certainly contaminate the air, but even non-toxic dish soap isn’t great for the home, because it isn’t great for skin. People are often diligent to only buy the best hand soap and lotion to protect their hands, but many forget about a soap they use just as frequently: the soap they squirt on their dishes. It’s purchased solely to clean plates and silverware, but unless people always wear gloves at the sink, they’re using it to clean their hands too. Regular dish soaps can dry out and damage the skin, but all natural cleaning products are safe—and some even moisturize. The primary purpose of these products is to better the planet, but if they better skin too, there’s even more reason to buy them.