Green Clean Your Home

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With all the information out there about cleaning products that are hazardous to your health and to the environment, so many people are looking for alternatives. Terms, such as Volatile Organic Compounds, that were unfamiliar before are becoming something you now make sure your products don't contain.

Learning about what to look for and what to avoid removes the mystery from biodegradable, non-toxic cleaners and dispels some of the myths, such as cleaning your home only with vinegar and water. What you will be looking for as a health-conscious consumer, are products that are biodegradable, don't have solvents, and have a neutral pH.

Avoid Volatile Organic Compounds - Certain liquids and solids are known to produce fumes which are characterized as Volatile Organic Compounds. In an enclosed environment such as your home, these fumes build up to a surprising level. The EPA notes concentration of many VOCs indoors can be as much as ten times higher than outside.

This is primarily due to a lack of ventilation, allowing the fumes to linger far longer than your nose will be able to detect. It can be alarming to learn than items such as dry cleaned clothing, air fresheners, cleaning supplies, paint and paint removers and plywood can all contribute to these levels.

It may seem that having used these Volatile Organic Compounds causing products for years in the past, you could just continue unaffected. There are some symptoms and side-effects from their use, however, with which you may not have associated the cause and effect.

Ever experience eye irritation, headaches or dizziness while cleaning? How about flu-like symptoms? Those are just some of the short-term health considerations. Long-term consequences can include cancer. It is apparent that these chemicals are not safe for even the healthiest adult, however, there are specific groups who appear to fall under a higher risk category.

The elderly, of course, as well as babies and children, but also pregnant and nursing women. Individuals with compromised immune systems are also vulnerable. Understanding that these fumed are present for hours after use let's you know that anyone could be exposed.

Like all of us, you want a clean home and you have the products to prove it. You have cleaners for your windows, carpets, tub, countertops, your carpets and to degrease your grill. If they are not biodegradable and pH neutral, every single one emits harmful Volatile Organic Compounds which last for hours. Unfortunately, and unknown to most people, even sitting waiting for use, they produce toxic gasses.

Neutral pH - Current common cleaning products come with extensive instructions about where and what to use them on and even more importantly, where not to use them. This relates to their pH level, either acidic, below 7.0, ranging to such levels as battery acid, to greater than 7.0, the alkaline side, inclusive of bleach. A neutral pH, that of 7.0, means the product is non-reactive environmentally when combining with water, not damaging to surfaces, and not harmful to your skin.

Burns to your skin from caustic products are no joke. Nor is damage to a sensitive surface, such as certain tiles and marble. Using a neutral pH product is the way to ensure that neither of these happens to you.

No Solvents - Once you begin to explore what most common household products contain, you learn that some of the ingredients, such as Propylene Glycol Ethers (PGEs), Ethylene Glycol Ethers (EGEs), esthers, and alcohols are chemically corrosive agents. This means they are toxic and carcinogenic not only to the environment, but to the person using and those coming into contact.

Biodegradable - Rinsing, flushing, and washing only remove the chemical cleaners from your surfaces, not from the impact to the environment. Retaining their harsh, damaging nature instead of dispelling the toxicity by changing into non-damaging co-factors, common household cleaners are not environmentally friendly. There is also a level of greater dissipation in some biodegradable products, with some producing the desired result faster than others.

It's easy to see that the small adjustment of swapping out toxic cleaning products for ones that are beneficial to people, your home, and the environment is the right road to travel. Eco friendly multipurpose cleaning products offer value beyond the hygienic. Better air to breath, no harsh residue, and virtually no environmental impact make natural home cleaning products superior in every way!

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