Going green is the latest craze, and it’s the best fad you will hear of or partake in. There’s no doubt that you’ve heard about people and companies trying their best to go green, as more and more people are becoming environmentally conscientious. The phrase “going green” means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions. When you go green, you are helping preserve the environment by sustaining its natural resources for current and future generations.
Natural cleaners and green cleaning products are a smart way to clean your home and office in a non-toxic way. Instead of selecting products that annihilate everything in their path, there are plenty of natural cleaning products and methods to keep your house or office smelling fresh—without all the toxic side effects.
Why Should I Care?
If you still find that you’re not enthusiastic about green cleaning, here’s a list of reasons why you should care about sustainability:
The number of synthetic chemical products found in the average American home is 63. This translates to roughly 10 gallons of harmful chemicals.
The number of petrochemicals available for home use is 17,000. Of that number, only 30% have been tested for exposure to human health and the environment.
The average gallon of chemicals that a janitor uses each year is 23. That’s 87 liters. 25% of those liters is hazardous.
How Can I Clean Green?
Here are some ways that you can clean your home or office in a more environmentally friendly way. Although you’re now feeling overly zealous to go green with your cleaning routine, you don’t have to follow every tip. Making changes to your cleaning habits when applicable is better than not doing anything to help the earth.
Employ Green Cleaning Products
As the health and environmental impacts of conventional cleaning products are becoming demystified, more healthy, green brands are hitting the market. These new products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources instead of petroleum. Home-mixed cleaners are another excellent option. Vinegar and baking soda can clean almost anything. Mix in a little warm water, and you’ve got yourself an all-purpose cleaner.
Clean Your Indoor Air Naturally
Ditch store-bought air fresheners and instead try boiling cinnamon, cloves, or your favorite herbs. Fresh chocolate-chip cookies are known to create a pleasant aroma. Plants can filter your home or office’s interior air; any large, green leaf plant will do.
Carefully Dispose of Toxic Cleaners
When you begin to replace your cleaning products, don’t just throw your old ones in the trash. The rule of thumb is that if something is too toxic for your home, then it is also toxic for landfills and drains. Many communities hold toxics and electronics recycling days, and you can get rid of any questionable chemicals there. Irresponsibly throwing chemicals down the drain means that they might end up back in your water supply, and they will come back to haunt you.