You know the benefits of opting for chemical-free cleaning. It’s better for the environment, for you, and—well, what else? It turns out there are more benefits for going “green clean” than many people think. Reducing chemicals is always a good thing, but why? With the growing number of natural solutions on the market, and tips on how to create homemade organic cleaning products, isn’t it time you found out what’s behind all the hype?
Green cleaning products can lead to healthier families. Basically, the fewer chemicals a person or family is around, the better off their immune system is. This leads to fewer illnesses and diseases. It can even help chronic conditions according to some studies. In 2012, the Johns Hopkins University found evidence that kids had more allergies the more often they were exposed to antibacterial chemicals.
Spread the Green Love
Kids aren’t the only little ones you can protect—don’t forget your pets. These family members are even more prone to rolling around on the carpet where you might have just used a strong carpet cleaner. A happy Fido or Fluffy means a happy family and fewer vet bills. Plus, it’s often more affordable to go green, especially if you make the products yourself, and more money in the bank is another added bonus.
You’ll even look better if you choose green, because those harsh chemicals can wreak havoc on your hands. Chemicals are irritants, and it will begin to show on your skin. Some furniture polishes can even semi-permanently stain your skin, so you look like you were cooking heavily with turmeric. Skin the fake and bake look this time around.
You probably notice air quality in very polluted cities as well as when you’re camping—but most of the time, you’re indoors. Chemicals impact the air, especially if it’s a spray, and this can hamper the air quality that you breathe. In fact, the American Thoracic Society conducted a study which showed that chemicals in cleaners can lead to adult asthma. Plus, those chemicals aren’t even that effective.
Correct green cleaning cloths can lead to better cleaning. Better cleaning leads to safer meals. Where do you think that chemical-laden counter cleaner is going to go? Your marble isn’t going to absorb it. A little will move into the air (so you’ll breathe it), but the rest is left invisible on the countertop—until you make a sandwich or other meal. From cutting boards to cutlery, you’re cooking with chemicals.
Every little bit helps, and you going green will ultimately help the planet. You can save money by re-using devices or making products yourself and even save time because it’s simply faster to clean the green way. With all these perks, isn’t it about time you ditched the chemicals and went all natural?
Sara Thompson has published numerous articles on the topic of health and home improvement. This article was written in partnership with the eco-friendly experts at Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning.