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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.