Why do the ‘masses’ regard eco-friendly cleaning products to be less effective than their hazardous counterparts? Is it a lack of understanding? Scepticism? There a variety of dynamics that point to where this myth originated from, but in summary – it’s just seriously hard to change generations of behaviours and preconceptions.
Granted, building what could only be described as ‘weapons of mass
disinfection’ under a kitchen sink may prepare someone for any cleaning
catastrophe, but who has the time, space or energy for such a feat? Even the
experts say that stocking up on such an elaborate cleaning arsenal just isn’t
necessary. Especially as in many cases, less products are needed – therefore
less plastic. Plus, environmentally friendly cleaners are just as, or even more
effective as off-the-shelf products and pack a serious punch in ridding your
home of unpleasant nasties.
Take Bio-Enzyme products for instance. Such products can be
used for deep surface cleaning, bathroom cleaners, glass and stainless shiners,
carpet spotters, odour eliminators, and eliminating nasty bacteria. Who would’ve thought right?! Yet
consumers still overlook products that knock the socks off sticky stains or
stinky smells and insist on unnecessarily stockpiling an army of toxic cleaners.
It’s also worth mentioning that harsh products such as air-fresheners or sprays
are pretty ineffective as they fail at targeting the source.
So, what are the benefits? Eco-friendly cleaners are not only highly
effective, but are far better for your long-term health (I think we’ve all
spluttered on the odd occasion from over-spraying) and without stating the
obvious healthier for the environment. Why would the environment be affected if
cleaning products are confined to a home you might ask?
When using harsh chemicals in toilets, sinks, dishwashers, or
other appliances, the chemicals are eventually rinsed down the drain and over
time this leads to water pollution, impacts our ozone and has an overall
negative effect on the local wildlife…which just plain sucks!
In reality it is difficult to argue that conventional household cleaners
fail to do the job as a basic surface cleaner. But likewise, it is problematic
to claim they don’t come with their hidden dangers. As mentioned harsh cleaners
are renowned for having a negative impact on the environment. But they’re equally
as damaging to our long-term health. Issues such as respiratory problems,
rashes and even the dreaded C word (I know scaremongering much?!) can surface as
a result from the long-term use of harsh cleaners!
Scientists have even warned that regular use of customary sprays and air
fresheners is comparable to smoking 20 cigarettes a day…yikes! Whilst this may
be shocking it’s something that people should be aware of – especially if there
are pets or small children in the home.
Eco-friendly cleaning products solve this issue. Using only non-toxic
elements, green cleaners have the added advantage of being completely safe to
use around pets and small children. (Go green cleaners!) Without becoming
scare-tactic-y again according to the expert’s animals and small children have
been found to be more susceptible to harsh cleaners than we are – which is why getting
rid of those toxic nasties will do wonders for making your home a healthy home.
And let’s be honest, no one can put a price on that!