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Protect Your Health: Choose Green Cleaning

10 Sep 2019 4:05 PM | Andrea Hayes

It is now commonplace to find harmful chemicals in a majority of products that we purchase, from foods, cosmetics, hygienic products, home improvement products, and clothing.  These harmful chemicals are known to cause a whole host of health issues, including skin and eye irritation, asthma, wheezing, coughing, dizziness, light hotheadedness, and in some cases, even cancer and severe birth defects.  By choosing to use more ecologically-friendly, or ‘green-cleaning’ products, consumers can decidedly reduce their health risks by reducing exposure to these and other harmful chemicals.

For years now, Americans have had a strong tendency towards germophobia.  Largely influenced by advertising campaigns, we have been indoctrinated to believe that only heavy-duty chemicals can satisfactorily eliminate germs, viruses, and bacteria, so to keep our families safe.  But, is it really necessary - and isn’t it even a bit ironic - that we feel compelled to use such highly toxic chemicals just to keep ourselves ‘healthy’? 

The only standard cleaners that green products can't completely match in terms of cleaning power are those that contain chlorine, such as bleach. However, green products can obtain the equivalent results to bleach, they just require a bit more scrubbing.  It seems to be a fair trade off, when considering the harmful effects that can result from exposure to bleach, including severe irritation to the eyes and lungs. 

Do we truly need to look for products that say "antibacterial"? Recent reports from the FDA has demonstrated that cleaning with antibacterial soaps presents no significant benefits over regular soaps, and that the over-use of antibacterial ingredients can even promote resistance to antibiotics.  Additionally, studies have found that triclosan, which is a chemical frequently found in antibacterial products, can cause hormonal, reproductive, and thyroid issues.  Most green and environmentally friendly products are free of these and other toxins which are known to pose such serious health risks. 

Isn’t it worth considering green cleaning practices, when there is so much is at stake?

To find your next green-cleaning certified service, please reference the IJCSA directory below!

https://ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

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