“Green cleaning” is becoming increasingly popular. Today, there are more and more options available for eco-friendly products that consumers can feel good about. And while “going green” might seem like a fad, it’s a lifestyle change that can benefit your health, your budget, and the environment.
We know change can be hard, and if you’re not used to the idea of green cleaning or you’ve become accustomed to using other products, you might be hesitant to switch. If you’re on the fence about updating your cleaning regimen, here are three reasons to switch to green cleaning:
#1: You have young kids
As a parent, one of your highest priorities is keeping your child safe. And the fewer risks at home, the better. When it comes to cases of childhood poisoning, cleaning products are the second most common offender (after personal care products). And while you should keep all cleaning products (green or not) safely out of your little one’s reach, natural solutions (especially homemade varieties) could be a safer alternative. Plus, they’re less likely to irritate your child’s sensitive skin and eyes when used around the home. If you’re purchasing a product (and not making your own), read the ingredient list and check for allergens and toxins.
#2: You want to be healthy
Dealing with a skin rash? Asthma? Watery eyes? Your cleaning products could be partially to blame. Just like your kiddo’s, your body responds to chemicals in your environment. Certain ingredients in commercial cleaning products can trigger respiratory issues or cause skin or eye irritations. Some harsh chemicals can also burn when they come in contact with your skin. And the “cleaner” your cleaning products, the less you have to worry about the air you’re breathing, what chemicals might get on your hands, or what fumes might irritate your eyes.
#3: You care about the environment
Chemicals in commercial cleaners can contribute to air pollution, and manufacturing can also be harmful to the environment. (You can learn more about this on our Green Cleaning page.) If you want to protect our environment, your cleaning products are a great place to start! Consider using refillable glass spray bottles to help reduce plastic waste, and buy refills and other products with eco-friendly packaging and ingredients. Or, try making your own cleaning solutions–this alternative gives you quality-control, and it’s budget friendly.
Know Your Stuff
Typically, products that focus on natural ingredients are going to be safer for your health and the environment–but that’s not always the case. When it comes to product labels, words like “green” and “natural” can mean different things; they can also be a little misleading, so it helps to research product certifications and know what ingredients to avoid. An eco-friendly product doesn’t guarantee a healthy product, and vice versa.
Let Us Help You Get Started
We know overhauling your entire cleaning arsenal can be daunting, but it’s worth it! And you don’t have to change everything at once—try switching just a few of your cleaning products and change them gradually as you run out of your old ones. Or, let someone else do the hard work for you! At Kingdom Keepers, we offer a special green cleaning package for customers who want a more natural, environmentally friendly service. You can learn more on our Green Cleaning page or click here to request an estimate.