Using Green Household Cleaning Products

As people become more environmentally conscious, they are discovering that keeping clean can be a dirty process. Not only are some of the household products that we use on a daily basis full of chemicals that can cause harm to not only ourselves and nature, the packaging that is designed to attract our attention is often manufactured without consideration of the resources used or the landfill space required for disposal. Green household cleaning products can be found that are created from biodegradable, non-toxic materials that come from renewable resources instead of the conventional petroleum based products that have been a part of our lives for so long.

Take a look under in your cupboard and read the labels of the cleaning products that you are using. Do you really want to spread these toxins throughout your home as you try to clean? If you don't want to spread the chemicals over your counters and table tops, on your walls and the floors your children play on, replace them with green products. Be careful how you dispose of the conventional products. Don't just toss them in the garbage or dump them down the drain. Instead, check with your recycling center to see how you can dispose of these items in a way that you will be sure won't allow the chemicals to enter the water supply.

What to Look For

As you replace your conventional cleaning products with eco- friendly ones, make sure that you read the labels to make sure that there are no ozone depleting substances listed. Unless dyes have been added for the purpose of safety, there is really no need for cleaners to have them. Fragrances aren't an important ingredient, either. If the cleaner can't make your home smell clean and fresh without covering up odors with artificial fragrances it's not doing a good job.

Make sure that the container the cleaning product comes in is recyclable. A good green cleaning product won't have more packaging than it absolutely needs. The extra is garbage and will end up in the landfill. The resources used in the manufacturing process of excess packaging are wasted, the emissions spewed into the air by the manufacture and even the act of transporting the materials leads to excess pollution. The manufacturer who doesn't recognize that reduced packaging is important to the well being of the earth shouldn't claim to be producing a green product.

Natural Cleaning Products

Prices of green household cleaners are slowly going down as more and more consumers are demanding them, but they are usually priced higher that the toxic chemicals that fill the shelves. If you find that the expense of environmentally friendly cleaners stress your budget, make your own cleaners from items that are considered staples in most households.

There are very few things in your home that can't be cleaned with distilled white vinegar and water. Mix equal parts and you will have a cleaner that will dissolve dirt and hard water deposits and be gentle enough to use on your expensive hardwood floors. For harder to clean areas like toilet bowls, use the vinegar full without adding water.

Using green household cleaning products to make your wood furniture gleam without using toxic chemicals is as simple as turning to your kitchen cupboard for the ingredients. Pour 1/4 cup white, distilled vinegar into a glass jar and add 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Mix the ingredients and apply a dab of the homemade furniture polish to your surfaces with a soft rag. Wipe away the excess. Your polish can be stored in the covered glass jar indefinitely.

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