Natural, environmentally friendly cleaning – it’s an idea that’s been around for decades and is still gaining ground in homes across the country, and for good reason. Going green is a concept that feels great, especially when it comes to cleaning. After all, keeping the environment in mind as you clean can only be a great idea, right? Not in every setting. In fact, in some cases it can do more harm than good. What are the pros and cons of cleaning from a more environmentally friendly perspective? Take a look.
The Benefits of Fewer Chemicals
Typically, green cleaning means using fewer chemicals as you clean your home. That can spell some real benefits. If you’re cleaning with fewer chemicals, that may mean those in your home are exposed to fewer chemicals. More than that, though, you’re keeping chemicals out of the environment. It means fewer chemicals in water sources and fewer products contributing to ozone depletion and climate change. Many environmentally friendly cleaners are non-toxic and biodegradable. You can even use home cleaners that include ingredients you know like vinegar and baking soda, both of which are seemingly harmless in many settings.
The Hidden Factor in Environmentally Safe Cleaning
The green cleaners you buy to clean your home, though, may have a darker, hidden side that might make you think twice about cleaning from an eco-friendly perspective. Labels can say virtually anything they want in the store. They can be labeled green without really being eco-friendly. They can even make claims not to include harmful ingredients when, in fact, their ingredients are quite harmful. The problem with employing only eco-friendly cleaners and judging them solely on the labels means you never really know what you’re getting or using in your home. As with any cleaning product, the ingredients inside could cause problems for those in your home like allergic dermatitis.
There’s another hidden factor you may not have considered. Green cleaning products sometimes don’t have the power that traditional cleaning products do. As a result, that means using additional product and taking additional time to scrub and clean any given area. Getting your home as clean as you’d like may take far longer than you imagined, which can lead to real frustration.
One other important thing to note about green cleaning products is the fact that they tend to cost more than traditional cleaning products. Watch those labels and make sure you’re not paying extra for something that’s not as green as you think.
The Right Choice
So, given the drawbacks, is cleaning from an environmentally safe perspective all it’s really cracked up to be? Yes and no. Keeping an eye out for ways to naturally green your cleaning routine is never a bad idea, but the key is finding the right products to help. At Christina’s Complete Clean, we use only safe, effective products to clean your home and a lot of elbow grease. You’ll never have to worry about getting a natural cleaner that is actually natural! We do all of the work for you, selecting the best products on the market that won’t harm your home but will give you the level of clean you’re looking for. Add that to the hard work we put into every cleaning job, and you have a recipe for a cleaner, greener house. Learn more about our process and our products when you reach out to us today.