We recently published another article for the San Diego BBB on the benefits of green cleaning. We think it’s a must read if you’re currently shopping around for cleaning services, and are interested in learning more about the many positive effects of green cleaning.
We’ve included the full article below:
Green cleaning is defined as the use of environmentally friendly ingredients and chemicals to preserve human health and environmental quality. You may not think about this very often, but you are constantly exposed to a large variety of cleaning products throughout your day. Numerous cleaning products are used on nearly every surface in your home or office, from the kitchen and bathrooms to the windows, floors, and furniture. Many of these products are harmless, but a number of common cleaning products are petroleum based, and can have adverse affects on both your health and the environment.
According to the EPA, the air inside the average American home is two to five times more polluted than the air outside. This is largely due to toxic household cleaning products, and these toxins can build up into a dangerous chemical cocktail that can cause serious harm. Children, the elderly, and pets are especially vulnerable to the risks posed by traditional cleaning products, and a green cleaning service is a safe and effective alternative. You may also suffer from allergies to chemicals contained in many regular cleaning products, in which case the green option is not only the eco-friendly choice, but also the only option that doesn’t leave your nose itching and your eyes watering.
Green cleaning involves the use of natural, non-toxic products to clean your home. White distilled vinegar is a popular and effective cleaning solution, as it doesn’t contain any of the harmful chemicals found in many traditional products. When choosing your home’s cleaning supplies, check the labels and go with products that are biodegradable and “phosphate free”. These products are often not much more expensive than traditional cleaning supplies, and they can make a huge difference in your home’s air toxicity levels. That’s a pretty big deal, as according to a study done by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the average Californian spends 87% of their time indoors.
Check out our green cleaning page to learn more.