May 30, 2012
Green Cleaning Products
With the human preoccupation of remaining as sanitary as possible, being conscious of the chemicals being used around you, green cleaning products are gaining popularity. Cleaning products are found in just about every type of dwelling one could think of. Unfortunately, the large majority of these are petroleum based products that bring dubious consequences to both health and the environment. The following reveals the rise of green cleaning products, as well as tips for introducing some of these into your home.
As awareness expands of our health and environment, so does the range of green cleaning products available. Now it’s no longer a case of the green not being as clean. Some great all purpose cleaners that have been around for quite some time, although are often overlooked, include vinegar or baking soda. Mix a little warm water with either and you’ve got yourself a powerful cleaner that’s gentle on the environment.
Using good natural soap is also a lot better than many ‘anti-bacterial’ hand cleansers that are available on the market. These not only have adverse affects for our waterways, they are known to breed germs rather than kill them. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have found that conventional soap works much better than anti-bacterial hand cleansers, and that the latter should be avoided.
Other green cleaning tips include avoiding commercial air fresheners, and instead installing more indoor plants or boiling up herbs such as cinnamon or cloves. And if you are adamant about using that all powerful toxic cleaner for the oven, make sure you use these sparingly and have plenty of ventilation in your home.
While traditionally, green cleaning products have produced little effect in comparison to their toxic counterparts, continued eco awareness and development has meant these products now rival their older and nastier competitors. Australian company Green Clean provides a number of effective alternatives for those looking to step towards more health and environmentally friendly products.
Green Clean uses premium organic products that are free from acids, caustic, bleach and sodium laurel sulphate. Green Clean also provides a cleaning service while using vacuums that are equipped with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filters that remove 99% of all harmful airborne particles. These are also approved by the National Asthma Council of Australia. Green Clean also uses hygienic microfibre cloths and mops instead of cotton, paper or dusters.
When choosing a quality green cleaning product, items to look for have certified ecolabels that ensure the product adheres to certain environmental and health standards. Such labels are Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), Green Seal, Blue Angel, and Environmental Choice New Zealand.