Behind the Transition to Green Cleaning Products
It’s commendable that you wish to change your household and adopt more sustainable solutions in your home. I can only encourage you to continue on this way, but one of the big problems I’ve seen people deal with is the actual transition from toxic to safer cleaning products. In most of the time, home owners have no idea what needs to be thrown away, how this process should occur and what products should be welcomed in their home.
The transition to green cleaning products poses challenges everyone, because people think it’s more of switch rather than a process. Even professional cleaning services take their time to substitute the services they offer with greener ones, which means that you can’t expect to accomplish this change in the manner of a day. It’s simply not how it’s down. You have to plan, you have to investigate and then take it all step by step.
First and foremost, a thorough inventory of your current stash will show how chemical-rich your household is. Pull every bottle of detergent, cleaner and chemical you own onto a single table and read the labels. I’m sure that you haven’t really paid attention to what’s been written there, otherwise you wouldn’t be considering the shift to a safer cleaning model. The buzzwords you’re searching for are “caution”, “danger”, “toxic” and “warning”, basically anything indicating either health hazard at best or an accidental death at worst.
You should worry, if one of these pops on your bottle of detergent. These words should appear only on electric fences, power plants and experimental chemical facilities, certainly not something your child can mistake for a toy. The worst thing is that you can’t throw away these chemicals the way you cast away an old pair of jeans, which make you look fat.
Dumping chemicals down the drain is the single worst idea you can conceive, because you will contribute to the ever increasing fresh water pollution. Way to go. The best you can do is either give the detergents away to a household, which clings to the promise of a magic-fueled, or contact your city hall to request further instructions on the safest possible way to dispose of these chemicals. Until then, store all the deemed guilty of being highly toxic bottles in a cupboard far away from the rooms with highest traffic.
After you have dealt with the detergents, your strategy should be to try and buy substitutes, whose labels lack the aforementioned signal words. No matter what the products promise, you should look for a brand, which won’t kill you while you scrub the bathroom. Professional cleaning services have adopted the green and responsible, I think you should follow in those footsteps.
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