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'DIY green cleaning', 'environmentally friendly', 'non-toxic,' etc., have become watchwords for today's savvy consumers.
The toxic chemicals that can be found in so many of our commercial cleaning solutions and sprays have been suspected of causing serious problems from allergies to cancer. Babies, young children, and older adults may especially be at risk.
Why Use Toxic Chemicals?
So why use these toxic chemicals if a combination of some everyday household ingredients will produce the same or better results?
ABC, we are committed to cleaning with non-toxic, plant-based cleaning
solutions because we care about our customers and their families, our
employees, and the environment.
As part of this commitment, we wish to make our customers aware of ways they can reduce their use of toxic chemicals when it comes to everyday cleaning chores.
An Interesting Article
A very interesting article was posted online from Penn Jersey Building Services. The article states...'Most household cleaning products are harmful to children. According to research done by the University of Minnesota, several chemicals found in the home are linked to allergies'.
The article goes on to say...'They cause birth defects, cancer, and psychological disorders. The Consumer Protection Safety Commission states that since 1970, asthma cases have increased by 59 percent. Children under 15 years of age have suffered asthma at a higher rate of 41 percent. The data is alarming to healthcare professionals'.
The article suggests avoiding chemicals such as formaldehyde and sodium laurel sulphate and cautions about our common use of chlorine bleach.
To find out more about this article and find links to studies and other articles, please click here.
GREEN CLEANING SOLUTIONS
Is It Really Possible to Clean with Green Cleaning Solutions and Still Get Results That Equal or Surpass Cleaning with Today's Commercial Cleaners?
Yes, it is most definitely possible! Toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, phosphates, ammonia, sulfuric acid, and chlorine bleach, which can be found in those bottles of commercial cleaners, are not healthy. The fumes emitted from these cleaners not only affect those cleaning but are also released into the area being cleaned, impacting the health of the rest of the occupants.
You Can Stop Using Toxic Chemicals to Clean!
One of the best things we can do for our children and our planet is to stop using toxic chemicals to clean. We all need to find viable solutions for green cleaning.
At ABC, we regularly use non-toxic and bio-degradable solutions to clean the rugs and upholstery that come into our plant as well as the wall-to-wall carpets, upholstery and tile and grout we clean on our clients' properties.
Our equipment is very powerful and toxic chemicals are not normally needed. If more aggressive cleaning is required, we always choose the least toxic method and make sure our rinsing process removes any and all residues.
How can ABC Help?
As part of our commitment to help our customers find ongoing
information and tips on how to clean 'green' in their homes,
businesses, and vehicles, (or wherever
their belongings may be), we regularly offer helpful suggestions on how this can be accomplished.
The majority of these suggestions will use common (and usually inexpensive) items. (Please note: The green cleaning solutions you find on our website will be from trusted sources but we may not have individually tried all of them in our own homes.)
We will periodically post these solutions to our Facebook page as well. We welcome your comments and any additional information you would like to submit.
Together we can spread the word about green cleaning solutions and really begin to make a difference in our world.
Because we are offering suggestions for cleaning with common 'natural' cleaners vs. commercial cleaners which may contain toxic chemicals, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANt to be aware that certain of those 'natural' cleaners should NEVER be used together or dire health consequences could occur.
One such example we have all probably been warned about is the DANGER OF MIXING BLEACH AND AMMONIA TOGETHER!
READ LABELS FIRST
It is also extremely important to realize that many other household cleaning products may contain bleach, (one such example is pool chemicals) and window and glass cleaners may contain ammonia so it is extremely important to carefully read the labels of all products before using.
For more in depth information about using natural ingredients properly, please continue reading here...
You will also find tips on cleaning naturally, as well as 27 green cleaning solutions using vinegar and green cleaning with baking soda.
Listed below are 10 of our favorite green cleaning hacks. These sprays and soaks are examples of how natural household ingredients can successfully deal with some of our least favorite cleaning chores just as well, if not better than, toxic commercial chemical cleaners.
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