Why go green?
Harmful Risks of Using Toxic Cleaning Products
Household cleaning manufacturers are required to inform consumers of the harmful effects of short term exposure to certain chemicals they produce. They are not, however, required to notify the consumer of the dangers of long-term exposure to a particular agent.
When you clean your home with a cleaning product, small particles linger in the air long after you have put that spray bottle away, and you breathe in those particles. Chemicals are also absorbed into the body through the skin if you don’t use protective gloves while cleaning. Many toxic cleaning products contain chemicals that irritate the lungs. Worse still, many contain carcinogens that could cause cancer.
Our bodies aren’t the only vessels in danger of being harmed by harmful chemicals; toxic cleaning products that are flushed down the drain are hazardous to the aqueous ecosystem too! If you can get the same results by using a non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning product, why not switch out you cleaning cabinet and enjoy the health benefits of fewer toxins in your home and environment?
Non-toxic cleaning products
One of the most commonly used cleaning agents over the years is chlorine bleach. It is favoured because it kills germs on contact and combats mildew, but it is also very toxic. The bathroom is an area where both germs and mildew thrive, so naturally, bathroom cleaning products that contain bleach are not in short supply. With the introduction of non-toxic cleaning products to the market, it’s easier to pick up these eco-friendly cleaners and decrease the level of toxicity in your home. However, there are also other homemade alternatives that provide the same kind of germ and mildew killing properties that both toxic and non-toxic cleaners do. Good examples of these are hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and vinegar.
Ammonia is another household chemical that should be substituted with a non-toxic cleaning product. Undiluted ammonia is an irritant to the eyes and to the respiratory system. Ammonia is used in many cleaning products because of its ability to cut through grease. The one place that grease builds up in the bathroom is the shower.
A green alternative to keeping your shower or bathtub grease-free without using ammonia is by selecting a non-toxic cleaning product like baking soda. Baking soda naturally causes grease to dissolve in water. Its gentle property makes it safe to use in any kind of surface in your bathroom. By default, using baking soda as a non-toxic cleaning product will keep your bathroom squeaky clean without the use of harsh ammonia.
A great and green way to get rid of stains in your bathroom is by using a mixture of lemon juice and alum powder.
Overall Benefits of Green-cleaning your bathroom
Besides the benefit of a cleaner environment, using green cleaning products in your bathroom, and home in general, is a great way to save money. By using everyday ingredients that are usually lying around in your home, or are inexpensive at your local store, you can eliminate many of the higher priced items that may prove detrimental to your health in the long run. You don’t only pay for buying toxic products at the cash register; you also pay when you have to seek medical treatment for ailments caused by those toxins!
So wherever possible, switch to a healthier alternative by choosing eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products for your everyday bathroom cleaning.