Change can be difficult and, at times, downright be paralyzing. But somehow, we always seem to manage. Can you remember, for example, the last time you watched a VHS movie or listened to your favorite album on cassette? Neither can we.
And then there are your household cleaning products. Maybe you started using those that good ol’ Mom groomed you on. Then you set up housekeeping on your own and, more than likely, you branched out a little. Experimented with this one and that one until, one fine day, you hit on the perfect mix of cleaning products for your clothes, floors, bathrooms, and everything else in your home. Only, that is, to learn your chosen cleaning products were far from perfect because they were made with chemicals, the kind that can and do cause serious health issues.
If you’re in that place right now and finding yourself reluctant but willing to evolve into green cleaning products, we’re here to give you a healthy head start:
Get motivated: Environmentally friendly cleaners keep dangerous chemicals out of the air and waterways. They improve the health of the family, and you don’t have to worry about accidental exposure to skin, eyes, or accidental ingestion. You’ll also save money on green cleaning products, and even more if you buy ingredients like baking soda and vinegar to make your own.
Purge what you have: Check the cleaning products that you already have. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, out it goes. If it has bleach, ammonia, or chlorine, it goes. If the packaging cannot be recycled, it goes. If it has added fragrances or dyes, see ya!
Replacements: It’s time to replace all the products you just got rid of, but with what? Read the labels and don’t fall for pictures of meadows or trees as assurance that what you’re looking at is good for the environment. Environmentally friendly products include: Green4Kleen, Green Works by Clorox, Ecover, Mrs. Meyers, 7th Generation, Green Valley, Shaklee, Simple Green, Biokleen, Method, Bon Ami, Citrus Magic, and many others.
Make your own: Consider what your grandmother used to clean the house. Simple ingredients like white vinegar, citrus, baking soda, and hot water were all great cleaners. You can also add essential oils to lend a pleasing natural fragrance to your cleaning efforts.
Reusables: Many people clean with green cleaners but then use a paper towel to wipe and throw away. Consider switching to a cloth rag that can be reused repeatedly for dusting, mirrors, glass, and even to replace the Swiffer cloths. They pick up dust, dirt, and pet hair very well, and can be washed and reused. This saves money and trees all at once!
At Plumbtastic, we support and help provide greener living for our customers throughout the Inland Empire. From low-flow toilets and showerheads to tankless water heaters and motion activated faucets, we can help make yours a greener house, too. Call today to learn more or for an new plumbing quote.