Deciding to switch to non toxic cleaning products is easy.
That ‘clean’ smell, which you know is chlorine bleach, or ammonia, is damaging your respiratory system and who knows what else! So switch to non-toxic cleaners, it’s not scary or hard! But where do you start? How can you tell if it’s ‘greenwash’? What are those ingredients anyway? And how do you know it will clean properly?
In the first part of this series which helps you choose the best eco or green cleaning products, ask yourself:
1. Is it 21st century? You can opt to clean the old-fashioned way using Bicarb Soda and Vinegar to replace some of your cleaning products, it just requires a bit of preparation time and a little effort scrubbing.
However, don’t think that old fashioned is the same as safe and natural; not all old-fashioned cleaning recipes are safe. For example cleaning glass with Methylated spirits and newspaper is not such a good idea; Methylated Spirit is toxic and flammable, so it is dangerous to have around the house.
Eco cleaning products use modern science and safe ingredients to clean, without the old fashioned hard work.
Look for products which are safe and natural, biodegrade quickly, and are formulated to clean easily and effectively.
A good Eco cleaning product does not kill the garden if you use the waste water (grey water) to water the plants.