Cleaning “Green”

Toxicity. Do we really know what this means?

It is a fact that we are exposed daily to an incredible array of toxins in our normal lives. There are many “toxins” and each one has a certain degree of toxicity to it.

Toxicity can be determined in a variety of ways. With an interest in a truly clean house you need to know a little bit about toxicity to protect yourself, your family and anyone else whose house you clean.

Toxicity is the degree to which a substance can damage a living or non-living organism. There are generally three types of toxic substances; chemical, biological, and physical.

Most synthetic cleaning products are chemical toxins. They are designed to be used in the house, but build up over time and pollute the indoor air. The cleaning products, also, can be toxic  if ingested or if left on the skin.

The next question then becomes how can you respond and what can you do? Actually, you can do a lot as an aware green house cleaner.

First, limit your exposure. Read labels carefully. Use nontoxic cleaning products. Avoid using indoor pesticides.

Secondly, limit the exposure of toxic cleaning products to the people around you. The good news is there are plenty of effective, earth-safe cleaners that you can buy or make to clean your home.

Borax mixed with lemon juice will take out toilet-bowl stains. White vinegar is useful for disinfecting bathrooms and kitchens. Bon Ami, a borax-based powder cleanser sold in supermarkets and hardware stores for more than 50 years, safely cleans pots, pans, sinks, oven interiors along with other corroded surfaces.

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Using these alternatives will reduce the toxic load in your house and yourself. Using environmentally friendly cleaners will also safeguard your health and that of the community. It reduces air, water and ground pollution in the overall environment.

Cleaning your house while keeping the planet clean is easy.

So why isn’t everyone doing it? The reality is, few people actually check labels. Start now.

Take time to read the lable. Distinguish yourself as a “green cleaner.” You can start a trend. You can actually become a product toxicity home specialist.

People also assume that “green” products aren’t effective or are too expensive. This is not true. If you think about it, people had clean homes long before the chemical companies started making toxic products.

The next thing to know is that not all “green” products are created equal. Again, read the package label. Watch out for the ones that have been prettied up with essential oils. Check labels for irritating chemicals such as chlorine, ammonia and artificial fragrances and dyes.

Many people who “think green” are just now applying their philosophy to the dirt at hand. “Eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products are the next frontier of environmentalism,” says Marci Zaroff, former publisher of Macrocosm and CEO of Under the Canopy, an organic-fabric clothing company. “It’s an inexpensive, easy and effective way to protect our planet and commitment to life.”

Going Green is easy, doesn’t require you to change your life drastically, improves your health, reduces your impact on planet Earth and, usually, saves you money. Clean green!