Are You Green Cleaning Your Home?

Posted 4 years ago

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We all make time to clean our homes. It is tough but we all have our own ways to get the job done. I like to enlist the help of my family (especially the kids who make most of the messes) but have you ever thought about all the chemicals you (and your kids) are using to clean up the house? It turns out the very efforts to rid your living space of dirt, dust, mildew and grime might make it a more dangerous environment for you and your family. And you're not the only ones who could suffer: Many of the ingredients in household cleaners contaminate the air and water as well as thousands of organisms, from algae to wildlife, when they are washed down drains and make their way into the ecosystem. Conventional commercial cleaners are some of the most toxic substances you can bring into your home. Many of the chemicals found in cleaners have only been around since World War II, and they've never been tested for long-term health effects. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that the immediate health risks associated with the use of conventional household cleaning products include asthma attacks, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders and memory impairment. Some of the bad chemicals that are in our homes include: Formaldehyde a volatile organic compound, found in liquid cleaners and floor polishes, that is suspected of causing cancer. Chlorine bleach a toxic compound that irritates the respiratory system and emits poisonous vapors when combined with ammonia or vinegar. Petroleum distillates nonrenewable, oil-based resources found in furniture and floor polishes that can affect the central nervous system and lead to cognitive and behavioral problems. Pesticides and fungicides such as chlorine and alkyl ammonium chlorides, found in most conventional antibacterial cleaners and mildew removers. They can cause skin irritation and nervous system damage. There are two ways to go about switching over to eco-friendly products: gradually replace your scrubs and sprays as you use them up, or toss toxin-filled items out once and for all. If the home contains young children or anyone who is pregnant, sick or sensitive to chemicals, contact your local recycling center about disposing of your toxic cleaning products. Once you have rid your home of all the toxic cleaning chemicals, replace them with some of these homemade options: baking soda, vinegar, and lemon. They're all reasonably priced, readily available and really work at keeping things spotlessly clean--without compromising your health or the environment. ---------------------------------------------------- For other natural cleaning tools, check out the Dyson DC33 Review: or the Hoover UH70120 Review:

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