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Natural Green is a healthier and less harmful clean

10 Aug 2017 9:01 AM | Jamila Fanfair

According to an article published on the July 1, 2016 by CNN entitled Dangerous Chemicals hiding in everyday products, “It was long believed that you could acquire "better living through chemistry" But that may really not be the case.” 

For centuries consumers have been utilizing harmful commercial cleaning products which contain high concentrations of chemicals for the purpose of everyday cleaning. This is not just because of ordinary choice but also because in many cases consumers are led by marketers to believe that certain brands and products deliver splendiferous results and benefits over others because of the high level of chemical concentration contained in these products. The products promise a better clean, that they will get the job done faster and to be the cheapest available on the market. However, what is not highlighted in most instances is the numerous harmful effects these products, which we have grown to trust over the years have on our overall health, economic wellbeing and the environment at large.

Everyday cleaning chemicals in a major contrast to natural green products contain a series of toxic ingredients which have potential adverse health effects from exposure to these chemicals. As listed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency chemicals such as ammonia phosphorous, nitrogen and others which are found in various commercial household cleaning products such as window cleaners, hand soaps, deodorizers, carpet cleaners etc are among these.

Further, some of the Chemicals found in these products are Volatile Organic Compounds which means that they evaporate into the air and contribute to the formation of smog in the ozone layer. Natural Green Cleaning products on the other hand are not Volatile Organic Compound  but are instead made with all natural compounds which are biodegradable meaning that they can be broken down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass which are all useful to the environment and poses little to no health risks to our person.  

The uses of these toxic household cleaners against green cleaners have several adverse economic, environmental and health effects on not just our customers and company but also the workers who are responsible for the use and handling of these products. Unlike with Green Cleaning products which are made from all natural or sometimes homemade ingredients, everyday harmful cleaning chemicals which are predominant in general consumer cleaning products such as artificial fragrances, aromatic hydrocarbons, aluminum, chlorine bleach, ammonia, phthalates, etc can cause respiratory, neurological, reproductive, dermatology issues such as irritation of the lungs, issues breathing, irritation of the eyes, asthma, Reproductive abnormalities, penetration of the skin leading to dermatitis. These are all health issues which can become life threatening for persons residing into the homes we offer services to. At our company the aim is to always provide reliable quality services with guaranteed satisfaction to our customers so that they can be happy and healthy. It is never the aim of the company to create health risks to its customers and even further the environment which is why we utilize Green Cleaning Products and practices which are free of these toxic chemicals thereby eliminating many of the identified adverse health effects. Green Cleaning involves many eco-friendly practices such as steam cleaning, the use of green- no toxic brands for example Simple Green which will not cause toxicity.

The everyday cleaning chemicals are contributors to a series of environmental risks which create an unsafe environment for now and the future generation. These chemicals when burned, evaporated or even used in their normal state can be the cause of air and water pollution. The use of some laundry detergents, dish soaps and more when used can find their ways into drains, sewage and then discharged into nearby waterways thereby threatening the water quality needed for the survival of our fishes and other wildlife that consume this water. Research information taken from The Organic Consumers Association states “In a May 2002 study of contaminants in stream water samples across the country, the U.S. Geological Survey found persistent detergent metabolites in 69% of streams tested. Sixty-six percent contained disinfectants.” Thus, confirming the harmful effects of these chemicals on the environment. Especially when considering the level of air pollution that can be caused from the use of toxins.

With the implementation of Green Cleaning products against the use of the regular everyday cleaning chemicals we are able to mitigate the number of harmful economic effects which may arise for companies through the use of the everyday chemical products. Use of these can lead to liability on the company’s part if a customer or worker may ever fall sick. Further it could decrease the level of productivity and incur higher costs on customers or the company for damaged surfaces. Taking all of this into consideration we should seek to make advancements towards creating eco-friendly green environments and clean homes by visiting the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory  for information on company’s and business which provide  friendly and efficient Green Cleaning Services which can keep us happy, health and financially stable.

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