Household cleaning section in a supermarket and DIY shop are always filled with rows of detergents, colourfully designed with fanciful packaging to attract buyers’ attention. They are marketed to help us solve all of our cleaning woes simply by just applying a cupful of their solution.
Before getting excited from the Quick-Fix discovery and buying a whole set of products back, it is wise to find out what are the “ingredients” inside those bottles. Conventionally, most detergent manufacturing companies use cocktails of harsh chemicals so they can produce fast and effective cleaning solution products.
Recent research have found most of these harsh chemicals contain harmful substances that can cause skin and eye irritation to users who are often in contact with them. To make things worse, harm is not just limited to users. Chemical waste from these detergents are often released into the environment and causes harm to flora and fauna.
Using environmental friendly products does not only benefit the environment. Their benefits to consumers are equally valuable:
1. Healthier home and family
Using green or environmentally friendly products protects users from chemical exposure. “No longer will there be chemicals absorbed into the skin or breathed in by the person cleaning,” Leslie Reichert, author of Joy of Green Cleaning, says. This means you and your loved ones will no longer breathe in chemical residues left from the cleaning detergent.
2. Less Risks
There are always significant risks when handling conventional cleaning products that can potentially cause chemical burn to eyes, and skin. Many people experience skin irritation after hand-washing clothes with laundry detergents. Green products mainly use gentle ingredients that are friendly to skin.
3. Bye bye strong smelling chemical
Common complaint when using conventional cleaning products is the strong chemical smell that can often trigger headaches to those who have low tolerance to strong smelling substance. Most green products sold in the market, or homemade ones, uses natural products that give off pleasant smell such as citrus, lavender, lemon grass, etc.
4. Less burden on the wallet
Some simple household chores can be done using common items you can find in your kitchen, such as vinegar, lemon and soda water. These items are food grade safe, effective and most importantly will not cause a bomb to your wallet.
5. Healthier environment = healthier people
The benefits of using green products are like chain reaction. When demand on green products increases, more companies are pressured to follow environmental friendly regulations to product green products. This result in reduced toxic waste in the water and air, which promotes better environment for vegetation and animal growth. Ultimately, we get to enjoy healthier air and safer food.
Should you switch to green products today? The benefits above should be your answer.