Most cleaning products on the supermarket shelves contain chemicals that can be harmful to you and the environment. From the toxins that are used to clean to the added fragrances to cover the toxic smell these products are among the most un-environmental friendly in your home.
Most ingredients in chemical cleaners break down into harmless substances during treatment or soon afterward. Others, however, do not, threatening water quality or fish and other wildlife.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names phosphorus, nitrogen, ammonia, and chemicals grouped under the term “Volatile Organic Compounds” as the worst environmental hazards in household cleaners.
As a first step, we should assess which cleaning products are really necessary. A few safe, simple ingredients like soap, water, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and borax, aided by a little elbow grease and a coarse sponge for scrubbing, can take care of most household cleaning needs. And they can save you lots of money wasted on unnecessary, specialised cleaners!
Stop using more of the cleaning and laundry products than strictly necessary, because using more product will clean better. But this is not the case. We should stick to the directions of use on the label and thereby minimize the amount of cleaning products ending up in our wastewater, because the effect of cleaning will not be greater by using more cleaning liquid or laundry detergent.
If one single person changes their use of cleaning products, uses less products, less chemicals and makes sure to use only all-natural, eco-friendly cleaning solutions, the impact will be minimal. But it will be less chemicals and less harm to the environment, than it would otherwise have been. And if more people do the same, if we change our way of using cleaning products as a society, we can have a huge positive impact on our environment, cleaning our homes and making sure that flora and fauna can flourish at the same time.