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Why Every Person Should Only Perform Natural Green Cleaning

13 May 2024 8:14 PM | Lauren Wanco

In our modern world, we are constantly surrounded by chemicals – from the products we use to clean our homes and workplaces to the very air we breathe. While some of these chemicals may seem harmless, many of the ingredients found in conventional cleaning products can pose serious risks to our health and the environment. This is why every person should make the conscious choice to adopt natural green cleaning methods and eliminate the use of harsh, toxic chemicals wherever possible.


The dangers of conventional cleaning products cannot be overstated. Many contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, and even damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Disinfectants and antimicrobial agents found in cleaners have also been linked to reproductive and developmental toxicity, as well as the potential to disrupt hormones and cause asthma.


In contrast, green cleaning products are formulated with natural, plant-based ingredients that are biodegradable and non-toxic. By using eco-friendly cleaners like those listed in the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (IJCSA) Green Cleaning Directory, individuals can significantly reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals while still achieving effective cleaning results. This not only promotes personal health but also contributes to a safer indoor environment for everyone, including children and those with sensitivities or compromised immune systems.


Beyond the immediate health benefits, embracing natural green cleaning practices is also an act of environmental stewardship. Conventional cleaning chemicals can pollute water sources, harm aquatic life, and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions during production and transportation. By choosing eco-friendly alternatives, we can reduce our carbon footprint and protect the delicate ecosystems that sustain life on our planet.


Organizations like Green Seal and EcoLogo provide certifications for products that meet stringent environmental and performance standards, guiding conscious consumers in making informed choices. As awareness of the harmful effects of everyday cleaning chemicals grows, it is crucial for individuals to prioritize the use of natural, green cleaning products and methods. By doing so, we can create healthier indoor environments, protect vulnerable populations, and contribute to a more sustainable future for ourselves and generations to come.


References:

- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-indoor-air-quality

- IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory: https://www.issa.com/data/moxiestorage/regulatory_resources/green-cleaning-directory.pdf

- Green Seal: https://www.greenseal.org/

- EcoLogo: https://www.ul.com/resources/ecologo-certification-program

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