If you are thinking about switching to green cleaning chemicals but are concerned that they won’t clean your home to the same standard as conventional cleaners, stop worrying. Many green cleaning products do the job just as well as regular cleaners, with the added benefit of being natural and completely safe for you and your family as well as the planet.
It’s important to know that the “clean” smell we associate with thorough cleaning is actually the smell of toxic, synthetic chemicals. Most manufactured cleaners contain ammonia and chlorine, which are two of the most hazardous ingredients you could expose yourself (and your children and pets) to.
The obsession with having a germ-free home often makes people panic and cover every surface in their home with disinfectant. In actual fact, it is almost impossible to keep any surface 100% germ-free for very long. Some green cleaners can do the job just as well, and are both affordable and readily available on the market.
If you don’t know where to start in your search for eco-friendly cleaning supplies, here are a couple of useful tips:
1. Look for products that make specific claims, such as “free from phosphates” instead of just general claims like “100% natural” or “all organic”. All Pure and Gentle Soap products are free from dyes, nitrates and phosphates.
2. Research the company making the claims. Are they committed to eco-friendly living? Pure and Gentle Soap products are 100% biodegradable and are available in concentrated form, meaning a little goes a long way.
It may seem a big step to replace your regular cleaning products with green alternatives, especially if you have been using particular brands for many years. Start with a couple of items, such as an all-purpose cleaner and a window cleaner, and see for yourself how effective they are. You will soon enjoy a genuine “clean” smell free from toxic chemicals. Remember that by making these changes, however small they may seem, you are doing your bit to reduce the impact on the environment.