Cleaning: some think it’s great, some hate it, but we (almost) all do it.
However, many cleaning products pollute the environment and cause damage to your health, not to mention how much you’re spending on unnecessary products.
Green Household has four fantastic cost effective eco-friendly ways that you can clean your home.
They present alternatives that are harmless to health and show how easy it is to clean your home naturally, ecologically and without chemicals.
They give practical, simple tips that can be implemented immediately.
Are Cleaning Products Really that Bad? Does My Body Even Notice a Little Bit of Chemistry?
According to Green Household, the answer is quite clear – yes. Your body does struggle with the effects of the cleaning products you probably use.
Cleaning can be as harmful as smoking.
A long-term study by the Norwegian University of Bergen showed that regular cleaning with aggressive substances affects lung function. The researchers found that for professional cleaners, constant contact with toxic substances has a similar harmful effect on health as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.
And not only that:
Frequent cleaning with aggressive substances weakens the immune system. It can cause skin diseases like neurodermatitis and trigger allergies. In short, cleaning is stress for the body as chemicals do not disappear after cleaning, but continue to pollute the environment in which they were used.
This alone should be enough for anyone to consider cleaning sustainably.
Is it Really that Bad? Does the Environment Even Notice the Little Bit of Chemistry and Plastic?
And again the answer is very clear – yes.
Every year about $3.5 billion worth of household cleaning agents are sold in the US. These products contain surfactants, fragrances, dyes, preservatives or harsh chemicals such as chlorine. These are then released into the waste water during rinsing. Furthermore, surfactants are mostly produced on the basis of crude oil, so the cleaning agents are anything but ecological.
If pre-treated disposable cleaning towels, disposable cloths, gloves and special cleaning agents are added to this, the waste balance is devastating.Green Household
There’s no public data out there to show the impact of cleaning derived microplastics on the environment in the USA.
However, figures for some other countries are available. For example, a study from Germany has shown that 55 tonnes of microplastics from detergents, cleaning agents and cleaning products end up in wastewater every year. The USA has four times as many inhabitants as Germany. So run the numbers for yourself …
Pretty frustrating, right? It doesn’t have to be like this because there is good news. When it comes to cleaning, we all have great leverage. Every single one of us.
How Does Green Cleaning Work?
You are convinced to try the sustainable option? Great.
Green Household can’t promise that cleaning is more fun because of it. But they can promise that it is healthier, more environmentally friendly and also cheaper. That is quite something.
To share the knowledge about sustainable cleaning with as many people as possible, they’ve recently launched their website.
What you can find there:
- Basic knowledge on the topic
- Green cleaning tips
- Recipes to make green cleaning products yourself
- Recommendations for green cleaning utensils
Here are the four simplest ingredients you can use to clean your home healthily and sustainably – and it only costs a few cents per clean.
Vinegar dissolves residues of lime, fat and rust. Vinegar disinfects surfaces and makes bathroom and kitchen fittings shine in new splendor. Vinegar can also be used to clean windows – no residues remain. This is how to make a simple cleaner: mix vinegar and warm water in a ratio of 1:5 and get started.
Citric acid is excellent for dissolving lime effectively and gently. Citric acid can be used in a wide range of applications: on food-safe surfaces as well as on plastics and fittings. This is how to make a simple cleaner: add two to three tablespoons of citric acid to one litre of water and get to grips with lime.
Washing Soda (sodium carbonate)
Washing soda removes grease residues from stoves, work surfaces or pots and is generally an excellent way to remove incrustations and dirt. This is how to make a simple cleaner: mix two tablespoons of washing soda with one litre of water and nothing stands in the way of ecological cleaning.
(Washing soda is sold in the laundry aisle at all major Australian supermarkets.)
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
Baking soda (bi-carb) can be used in a similar way to soda and is recommended for particularly heavy soiling: for example, if milk has burned into the pot during cooking. This is how to make a simple cleaner: dissolve some baking soda in water in the damaged pot and heat the mixture for a few minutes. Afterwards, the burnt-in residue can be easily removed from the bottom of the pot with a brush or sponge.
These four ingredients are the basis for cleaning products. More recipes for drain cleaner, oven cleaner and others can be found here:
Ready to clean sustainably to help save the environment and save money at the same time?
If you’re in Australia, the online shop Biome has great green cleaning products such as steel clothes pegs, eco-friendly cleaning sponges and brushes.
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