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What is Eco-Friendly Cleaning?

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Developing eco-friendly cleaning practices is not only better for the environment; it also helps to protect your household and family. By paying attention, and with a little research, you should be able to find cleaning products that will keep your home sparkling while minimizes any negative impact on the environment.

Use eco-friendly accessories

It is not just the cleaning products themselves, but also the accessories. Use rags, sponges, mops, et. al., that are made from natural materials and can be composted or recycled. This will serve at least two purposes. First, the materials will not linger in landfills, taking up rapidly diminishing space. Second, because they are compostable or recyclable, you will be more inclined to dispose of them once they become too dirty, reducing their ability to contaminate from overuse.

Look for environmentally safe cleaners

When purchasing cleaning products, look for those that carry a green seal, or that you know to be eco-friendly. As an added measure, stick with those companies that only produce environmentally safe materials, and do not produce harmful items as well. One of the more misleading labels is biodegradable. This is misleading for two reasons. First, just because it is biodegradable does not mean it will not harm the environment. Second, it may take hundreds of years or longer to breakdown. It is important that you understand what is in the cleaning products you use.

In addition, do not forget to consider the packaging used. While you may have an environmentally friendly cleaning product, if it is packaged in containers that contaminate, you have not really lessened its impact.

Return to the past

Tap into the wisdom of your ancestors to find eco-friendly cleaning products. Grandmothers, aunts, great-grandparents, and mothers probable have tucked away, deep in their memory, cleaning tips and secret family formula that are no more harmful than oil and vinegar. In fact, most homemade cleaning products employ white vinegar, and furniture polish incorporates olive oil. These are well-removed from the petroleum distillates found in many commercial cleaners and polishes.

The outdoors needs to be considered also

When you wash your car, driveway, or home, be mindful of the detergents you are using and where they go. Run off from this cleaning enters into the storm drain in most communities and is discharged directly into lakes, rivers, and streams. In some communities, homeowners are responsible for capturing this discharge and disposing of it as they would hazardous waste. By using eco-friendly cleaning products, the pollutants that can be generated from this type of cleaning is reduced and the natural environment protected.

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