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The emergency rooms all over the world deal with thousands of poison cases each year.  Most of these victims are children that have accidentally ingested or came into contact with household chemical based cleaners and detergents.

Children are particularly susceptible to common household chemicals and often suffer respiratory and nervous disorders.  A child’s reproductive, immune, respiratory and nervous systems are not as developed as an adult and are not able to naturally and probably detoxify these systems.  The central nervous system in a child is highly susceptible to damage and chemical contamination exacerbates the issues.  Due to an active lifestyle of a child, they are more likely to come into contact with household chemicals.  For example, children are often on the floor and are closer to chemicals or pollutants.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider going green for cleaning your home.

Healthier environment

Going green means there are no harmful chemicals in your home that your child or children can come into contact with.  Your children will no longer absorb chemicals through the skin or breath in.  The health benefits will extend to the rest of the family as well.

Most household chemicals that can be sprayed raises the risk of contracting asthma, especially in children.  However, an environmentally friendly cleaner will not leave harmful chemicals lingering in the air.

Also, using many different chemicals in your home releases these chemicals in the environment.  Changing to natural or organic cleaning materials will result in a cleaner environment and minimize your impact on the ozone and global climate changes.  Environmental products also come in re-usable packaging so your environmental footprint is also lessened.  Leaving a more sustainable environment for your children.

Better air quality and safer products

Most people with sensitive sinuses or respiratory systems cannot deal with the strong smell of chemicals.  Most green products have a pleasant smell as they are made with natural essential oils and other natural ingredients.

Also, strong chemicals can give those with sensitive skins burns, inflamed skin or rashes.  Natural cleaners are not corrosive and are gentle to sensitive skins.  Also, green products must adhere to very strict safety and consumer standards.

It’s cost-effective

You can save lots of money as green cleaning products can be made with regular household items such as lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil.  And the cost of saving the environment cannot be measured.

Anti-bacterial anything is not necessary

Recent studies have shown that using anti-bacterial cleaning agents can lead to children building up an immunity to antibiotics.  The FDA has found that washing dishes or anything with anti-bacterial soap is no different or has no added benefits than washing with regular soap.   Some anti-bacterial agents are harmful to our hormonal systems.  Green cleaning products do not have any antibacterial agents.

People are becoming more and more concerned about the chemicals in their homes, especially regarding what effects those chemicals have on their children.  Going green is a much better and more inexpensive option to ensure your children are not exposed to harmful or life-threatening chemicals.

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With more and more people getting into green cleaning and looking for more natural alternatives, it’s easy to get swept up into the chaos. What works? What doesn’t? Do I really have time to study every ingredient? Is this really safe?

Lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are several natural alternatives for you, all in one convenient location.

  1. White Vinegar:

White vinegar is good for cleaning not only calcium deposits but cutting grease, grime and wax buildups.

You know that pet odour on your carpet? Some Vinegar will solve that.

It’s also incredible for cleaning the microwave oven that everyone’s forgotten about. Just put a glass of vinegar in, and turn the microwave on for a couple minutes. It’ll do all the hard work for you. Trust me, I’ve tried it. It was a lifesaver at work.

  1. Eucalyptus Oil:

Eucalyptus oil not only works as a deodorant but can help attack rust before setting.

It also an excellent spot remover to use on that carpet of yours, or just about any fabric, to be honest.

  1. Baking Soda:

Now, I’m sure you weren’t surprised by this. Our mothers and grandmothers knew what they were talking about when they recommended this over the years. Although growing up we might have thought its silly, baking Soda is remarkably versatile.

For starters, it can be used to remove stains. Various stains.

You know those marks on the walls your children left when they were young and drawing on the wall? Yes, Baking Soda can clean and remove crayon marks from Walls. Worry no more.

You can also use Baking Soda to soften fabrics and to clean and deodorize your bedding and other fabrics. Yes, you can even freshen up those old runners of yours!

Used in the right way, it can also be used to remove grease build up, among other things.

  1. Lemon Juice:

Lemon Juice is another rather flexible option.

First off, it is quite useful for dissolving soap scum and hard water deposits. It’s also great for cleaning microwaves. Just place a halved lemon in a cup of water, and turn the microwave on. No hard scrubbing required.

And you know that dirty wooden cutting board of yours? Go get out the lemon and salt because they’ll get the job done for you.

  1. Natural Salts:

You will probably be surprised to find that salt is actually quite versatile.

One use is for clean refrigerators. A mix of salt and soda water can be used to wipe out and deodorize the inside of your refrigerator. You won’t have to worry about harsh chemicals near your food that way. It can also be used on sink drains. Merely pour a mixture of salt and hot water down the sink regularly to deodorize and prevent the build-up of grease.

And, a favourite tip of waitresses everywhere… use salt to clean that glass coffee pot. All you have to do is put some ice cubes  and salt to a coffee pot vigorously swirl it around. Once it’s been well coted, rinse it. The salt scours the bottom of the coffee pot, and the ice will make it easier to scrub it all. It will work without ice, however.

Well, there you have it, folks. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a starting point.

There are many natural alternatives out there, you just need to look for them.

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Why should I start Green cleaning? This is a question more and more people are asking  these days. With all the options at our fingertips,  it can be hard to know what the right decision is or where to begin. However, with plenty of Augusta cleaning companies available to us, it’s actually one of the easiest decisions we can make.

A Healthier Home:

It’s generally understood we want a healthy home. When the kitchen is a mess and you pull out all the usual brushes, sponges, and bleach and sprays and begin scrubbing, you are quickly exposed to hundreds of chemicals that have known, and potentially unknown, harmful effects. Something that those with sensitive skin can quickly attest to.

The chemicals, if not used carefully, can be absorbed into the skin. That’s why the gloves we opt to use when cleaning is so important. But even then, what about the residue left behind? What about those children who touch the walls and then put their fingers in their mouth?

By eliminating the harsh chemicals found in traditional cleaning products, this concern is greatly diminished.

Kid Safe:

I think we can all agree, that our children are a great concern. A parent’s worst nightmare is finding out that their child managed to get into cleaning supplies. No matter what you do to prevent it, it takes mere seconds for an accident to take place.

What if the chemicals were natural products that your child interacted with, such as vinegar and baking soda or baking powder?

Air Quality:

Traditional chemicals, when breathed in, in large doses, can cause asthma among other health issues. Volatile organic compounds, which are used to improve a product’s performance, can impact our neurological functions, while some chemicals may act as carcinogens, respiratory irritants or even reproductive toxins, depending on the amount of an individual’s exposure.

With traditional products, proper ventilation is everything, especially when you find yourself having to use multiple products in the same room.

A Purer Environment:

According to the Environmental organizations, some chemicals frequently found in our traditional cleaning products present acknowledged and potentially unknown problems for the environment if washed down the drain.

These Phosphates can cause the eutrophication of rivers and other water bodies. This has the potential to deplete oxygen levels and harm water quality.

Then there is the packaging that ends up in the environment or filling up our landfills.

Sustainable packaging, although a relatively new initiative, requires consideration of design, choice of materials, processing, as well as the life-cycle of all materials involved. Green cleaning companies strive to limit packaging, as well as offer both recycled and partially recycled options. Now, who doesn’t love recycling?

Safer Products:

We all know there are risks that come with any of our cleaning products; just look at the ingredient label of any given product. You will see sometimes numerous symbols  talking of corrosiveness and toxicity etc.

With increasingly readily available options that are not only healthier to use but are less damaging to the environment, it’s no wonder that people are increasingly educating themselves and turning towards the “Green Cleaning” initiative.

 

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While there are no specific criteria that qualify a product as green, most that make the claim are biodegradable, phosphate and chlorine free, and derive their ingredients from plants like coconut or palm (renewable sources) rather than petrochemicals like crude oil or natural gas (which are not renewable). But even if a product seems green, read the label — and keep it away from kids and pets.

When the bathroom starts to look grubby and you pull out all the conventional brushes, sponges, sprays and bleach and start scrubbing, you expose yourself to hundreds of chemicals that have known, and possibly unknown, toxic effects.

“Green” cleaning products claim to offer safer alternatives for humans and the planet, but at a higher price. So what’s an environmentally conscious germophobe to do?

When it comes to humans, the use of any one cleaning product—green or conventional—in small amounts and with proper ventilation probably won’t make you ill, says Tom Natan, a chemical engineer with the non-profit National Environmental Trust.

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A cleaning product is a blend of specialty materials used to remove soils and stains from a surface and to restore the surface to its original condition. Cleaning products are also used to help remove unwanted microbial contaminants from a surface.

Cleaning plays an essential role in our daily lives by providing important public health benefits to consumers beyond the obvious aesthetic benefits. Keeping surfaces clean and free of soil not only helps reduce the opportunities for spreading of germs but helps extend the life of our personal possessions.

Builders: Adjust pH to optimize cleaning performance and suspend soils.
Bleaches: Oxidize and remove soils and lighten the color of stains.
Enzymes: Biological proteins that speed the breakdown of soils.
Surfactants: Allow a product to wet surfaces, emulsify greasy soils, lift away dirt.
Solvents: Organics that dissolve soils.
Chelants: Bind with metal ions in solution (calcium and magnesium in soap scum)
Biologicals: Non-pathogenic microorganisms and associated enzymes useful in decomposing soil.
Preservatives: Allow your product to remain useable for several months after purchase.