Hygiene with Health: Why is it important to go green today?

We use cleaning products to make our homes and workplaces free of bacteria and toxins, but what if they already contain harmful chemicals for consumers’ skin, internals and the environment?

Several chemical products contain harsh chemicals that provide effective cleaning but at the cost of health and pollution. 

Hence it is important to be careful while choosing the cleaning product. Here is a list of chemicals that must be watched out for. 

Formaldehyde:

They are found in heavy cleaners. They can lead to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a neurodegenerative disease that slowly eliminates the brain’s ability to control the body.

Perchloroethylene (PERC):

This chemical is found in fabric cleaners, including those that dry clean clothes. It’s a potential carcinogen, and neurotoxin can often lead to several degenerative diseases if they come into contact. 

Ammonia:

They are used as a polisher and glass cleaner because of their stain-free shine. It can irritate human tissue; one suffering from lung or breathing problems might notice pain and discomfort quickly. 

Sodium Hydroxide:

They are found in ovens and heavy-duty cleaners. They are also found in drain cleaners because sodium hydroxide can corrode baked-in food and clumps of dried and hardened hair and skin.

Even mild contact with skin or inhalation can cause severe reactions with sensitive areas.

Chlorine:

It is used to clean pool water and is concentrated in scouring powder, laundry whiteners, toilet bowl cleaners, and mildew removers. Prolonged exposure can disrupt thyroid function, irritate the skin, and cause chronic dryness.

It is easier to choose products readily available over the counter; all the label needs to say is “the best stain remover,” but now you know that’s not all. They can be bad for your health and your kids’ health. Natural cleaning products are a solution to the problems of hygiene with health.

Safer to use:

Green cleaners aren’t corrosive as compared to the sulphur-based cleaners that can malt the skin. They meet strict standards regarding inhalation toxicity, combustibility and skin absorption.

Better environment:

Non-toxic cleaning products do not release toxins into the environment, making the air safer to breathe in. shifting to cleaner and greener methods minimizes the impact on ozone depletion and global climate change with fewer smog-producing chemicals. 

Better air quality:

The stench of strong odours like ammonia is often intolerable by several people. Green products contain natural essential oils that have a pleasant odour. 

As health concerns become more prevalent and people become more aware of the harsh effects of cleaning chemicals, it’s important to switch to the non-toxic traditional ways that are equally strong and more durable than the chemical sustained cleaners. The benefits speak for themselves; the greener, the better.