What does green cleaning really mean? Are you concerned about our environment and future generations to come? How would you like a little lesson on what green cleaning means?
According to an article at greenliving.nationalgeographic.com, “Green Cleaning Products”
“When you think of the environment, you probably don’t think about the environment inside your home, car or office. Nonetheless, these places where you spend the majority of your day can be polluted with toxins emitted by everyday cleaning products, potentially affecting not just the natural environment but your health. That principle guides the development of “green” products, which clean more safely.
Every year, 6 percent of professional janitors are injured by the chemicals in the products they use to clean. You may not be a professional, but the chemicals in your own home can hurt you, causing burns to your eyes or skin, inhalation of toxic fumes and even chronic conditions from repeated exposure. Antibacterial chemicals from soaps and disinfectants can build up over time, and some scientists are concerned that they are helping create antibiotic-resistant germs. Green cleaning products are less hazardous to your health and the health of your family as well as to custodial workers who use them daily.
Indoor Air Quality
The air quality inside your house can be two to five times worse than the air outside. Many of the chemicals you use indoors — including cleaning supplies — contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs can be toxic when touched or inhaled. The active cleansing substance may be a VOC; worse, VOCs may be added to your cleaning products as fragrance. Exposure to VOCs over a lifetime can cause cancer in some cases. Green cleaning products avoid the use of VOCs, including corrosive, carcinogenic and irritating chemicals.
The chemicals you wash down the drain enter the water table, where they become pollutants. For example, 75 percent of the antibacterial chemical triclocarban was found in wastewater sludge, which is used to fertilize crops. Take your used cleaning products to be disposed of as hazardous waste, or choose green products that biodegrade without endangering the environment. Green products also consider the amount of waste produced by their packaging. Using concentrated products or reusable containers can greatly reduce landfill impact.”