Learn what is green cleaning and why it’s important.
Green cleaning can have plenty of definitions, but its main goal is to use cleaning solutions and methods that are healthy and free of toxins. It should keep us, our family, and our environment safe from chemicals and toxins that can cause irreparable damage to our bodies, air, water, and ecosystem. So one of the ways on how to conduct green cleaning in your home is by using all-natural cleaning products and products that contain citric acid, lactic acid, and peroxide.
What Is Green Cleaning?
As we have mentioned, green cleaning’s main goal is to use cleaning solutions and methods that are healthy and free of toxins. There are manufactured green cleaning products that claim healthy for the environment. So if you’re unsure of how to purchase green cleaning products or if you’re unsure of a green brand, here are the following characteristics you should look out for:
- Biodegradable or recyclable packaging
- No artificial colors
- No artificial fragrances
- No chlorine
- No phosphates
- Organically grown ingredients using sustainable farming practices
It’s best to research certain green brands since some of them would claim that they meet the environmental and labor standards, but they have already negatively impacted the planet in unseen ways, such as how they sourced the raw materials, how it was manufactured, packaged, and distributed. It’s important to be a conscious buyer for your health and the environment.
There’s a simple way on how you can tell if the product is green: read the label. The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment program orders that labels are put on green cleaning products or products to prove it meets EPA’s criteria for chemicals. You may notice other products labeled as “low VOC” or “no VOC,” which means these products have a lower concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or none at all.
What Is the Difference Between Green and Traditional Cleaners?
Here are some ways to help you distinguish green cleaning products from traditional cleaners on the shelf:
- Green cleaning products cost more compared to traditional cleaning items.
- Don’t be fooled by vague terms such as “environmentally friendly” and “non-toxic” because these brands or cleaning items are not regulated and potentially misleading. Additionally, some of the products may still have unhealthy and harmful ingredients in them.
Whatever choices you make about your cleaning supplies and methods, we encourage you to choose healthy and environmentally safe products and practices. Start green cleaning your home and help create a healthier, safer environment.
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