How many of us really take the time to stop and think about what we’re using to clean our homes? We’re inundated with cleaning products for every kind of job: dishes, countertops, furniture, clothes, windows, wood, tile – the list goes on. The problem is that our war on dirt might be making problems worse, or at best, creating new problems.
Before “green” became common in the daily lexicon, the prevailing thought was always to obliterate dirt, dust and grime with petroleum-based chemicals – only we never thought through the potential harm the chemicals themselves might do. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to clean more effectively and safely with common household items that don’t create toxic side effects.
Follow these tips:
Use green cleaning products: Buy green products at the store when possible. Also, vinegar, baking soda and lemon can clean pretty much anything – and leave it smelling great too.
Avoid antibacterial cleaners: Antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaners – contrary to popular belief – don’t work any better than old fashioned soap and water. What’s worse, they promote the growth of super germs that evolve and grow resistant to the harsh chemical onslaughts.
Be careful removing toxic cleaners: Never throw anything away that – if swallowed – would probably kill you immediately. Just think of what it will do in a landfill or filtering through the ground after a hard rain, right back into drinking water supplies. Find where your community holds toxics and electronics and they’ll be happy to take them off your hands.