Ahhh…. Spring is in the air and that means 72% of Americans are in spring cleaning mode. Are you one of them? If so, why not take the opportunity to get organized and go green in your cleaning this season?
As a society that is over scheduled and overbooked, it’s easy to gravitate towards the latest products that promise to make annoying chores even easier with time savings. It’s tempting to buy one magic cleaner that advertises as a quick fix for your household cleaning that’s dollars less than other brands. But not so fast. In our efforts to fight dirt and germs we may often actually be making our environment and health worse with some of the toxic cleaners that are available at big box retailers. If you read the labels, you’ll note formaldehyde (with 100+ alternate names) and other toxins that are not regulated in the U.S. are in these products.
Leave Toxins at the Store
While there are products out there that arguably get the job done, it takes some careful examination of ingredients to make sure there are no toxic chemicals or fragrances present. Do your research and look for healthy, safe cleaning products. Beware of unsubstantiated claims and overused marketing the terms like green, organic and natural.
When you’re selecting your cleaning products, know that most of the conventional cleaning products we all grew up with are petroleum based. They are loaded with toxins and have health and environmental implications too. Take, for example, household products that contain mold and mildew removers. They usually come as a liquid in a spray container. If you are old enough to do cleaning chores around your house, you’ve probably used a cleaner with a mold and mildew remover.
The pesticide chemicals found in mold and mildew removers are chlorine and alkyl ammonium chlorides. These pesticides are known as fungicides. The chemicals in mold and mildew removers can be very caustic. That is, these cleaners can be corrosive to objects and harmful to us so it’s recommended that you wear latex dishwashing gloves to help protect your skin when using these products. Cleaners with mold and mildew removers may also cause breathing problems and if swallowed, they will burn your throat.
Bring Healthy Options to Your Door
There is a better way! Instead of using cleaning products that are harsh for our health, our environment and our skin, we suggest the use of non-toxic products and environmentally safe methods that can benefit our health and the environment while saving time and money. It’s a breath of fresh air to think about getting health and environmental benefits by switching to green products. Below we’ve highlighted these benefits along with references to the EcoSense line that’s been green long before green was even popular – 30 years!
Better Air Quality: Chemicals get into our body through inhalation, ingestion, absorption, and ocular exposure. Because we breathe 10 to 20 thousand liters of air per day, it’s important that the air we breathe is clean and not laden with chemicals. We suggest spraying the home and mattress pad every time you clean the sheets with EcoSense’s three-in-one cleaner that has over 100 different uses. We don’t go a day without using this one for wiping down surfaces in the home and spraying it in the air to kill airborne germs and allergens.
Reduced Number of Sick Days: Cleaning in an environmentally sound way reduces the risk of sick days. If you think wellness is expensive, consider the cost of illness. Getting an occasional cold or the flu now and then might be inevitable, but surrounding you and your family with a healthy environment means less spreading of germs and quicker recovery time that gets us back to school and work sooner.
Healthier Skin, Free from Irritation: Our clothes are in close contact with our skin all day so it’s no wonder that the chemicals in main-stream detergents absorb into our skin and cause irritation. We suggest switching your laundry soap to the EcoSense line, which has a PH of seven so it’s like tap water — neutral and gentle on the skin.
Save Green: Not only do you save time by eliminating research of many lines for many products, but by switching to EcoSense you’ll save money too. For example, the laundry detergent is about 18 cents per load compared to retail shelf brands like Tide that ring up around 32 cents per load.
Peace of Mind: It’s certainly reassuring to know that the products you are using in your home and around your family do not place them at risk for disease. With cancer and heart disease prevalent in so many families today, taking environmental wellness to a new level by going green is an important step.
To find out more about green cleaning and the EcoSense line, join us at our April 27, 6-8P event in Minneapolis (See the event on FB here) or email us for more information. Knowing which ingredients to avoid is important, but identifying safer alternatives is an equally important next step. Ask us how you can go green for your spring cleaning this season and everyday!