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Why Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products Are Important

You've heard in commercials everywhere about new eco-friendly or natural cleaning products. However, you may be unsure about how they are beneficial. You know they are better than chemical-based cleaners for the environment—but how? Green cleaning is not only better for the environment, but it's beneficial to you, your home, and your family.


Below are just some of the reasons why using eco-friendly products is a good idea.


The Dangers of Synthetic Fragrances

You might not be someone who has an allergy to synthetic fragrances, but they can still pose a threat to you and others. The negative side effects aren't all immediate, which is why many may assume that it's only slightly less safe than green cleaning.


Studies have shown, however, that most chemicals contained within fragrances are actually synthetic compounds. These compounds come from petroleum, which isn’t refined in the United States and is known to cause problems like neurological disorders, cancers, and infertility, just to name a few. Many green products contain no synthetic fragrances and others will only use naturally derived ingredients so that you know exactly what is going into your home.


More Affordable than You Think

Nowadays, any store you go to will likely have a section on natural or eco-friendly cleaning products. Thanks to their trendiness, they’re readily available to consumers. But one of the best things about eco-friendly cleaning products is that you don't always have to buy them. More specifically, you won't need to purchase items from the cleaning section. Everything you need may already be in your house.


Traditional household staples like vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda can be used to create your own cleaning solutions for cleaning various parts of the house. It's not only cost-effective in the short term, but the long term as well. Especially for businesses, green cleaning can help reduce the chances of fire and employees being sick.


Fewer Worries about Antibacterial Ingredients

Wanting fewer antibacterial ingredients sounds like the opposite of what you want in a cleaning product. However, it's been proven that antibacterial soap is about as effective as regular soap. The problem comes from the effect it has on bacteria. The FDA has announced that if antibacterial products are used too much, bacteria will be more likely to develop an immunity to them—the same way our bodies use the flu shot to build up an immunity to influenza. Eco-friendly cleaning products contain fewer antibacterial ingredients than other conventional cleaning products. You’ll still get the job done without unintentionally strengthening bacterial.


Less Pollution Indoors

When someone utters the term “pollution”, you may automatically think of the great outdoors. How can your home be polluted?


Pollution can be just as dangerous indoors as anywhere else. Conventional cleaning products sometimes release harmful pollutants in the air—and since your home in an enclosed space, it stays there. Such toxic substances could cause damage to anyone residing in your home over time. Green cleaning can freshen up your air and help reduce overall indoor pollution.


Determining if a Cleaning Product is Green

If you don't have the time or drive to create your own cleaning products, you might consider going out and buying the first one you see that has the term "green" written on it. However, companies don’t actually have to disclose what products are in natural products, as the term is fairly loosely regulated. Many products could be listed as "natural" when in reality, they could be just as harmful as conventional chemical products.


It’s unrealistic for you to learn each and every single ingredient used as well as how they affect each other—that’s where certifications come in. Since companies do not disclose the full list of ingredients used, third parties will look into it for you and place their seal on certified green or natural products. Ecologo, the Green Seal, and Safer Choice are some common examples of certifications you can look for in an eco-friendly cleaning product.

Finding a good natural commercial cleaner in a store could be a confusing hassle. You can luckily still rely on professionals to clean certain parts of your house, like the rugs and carpets. Shiny Carpet Cleaning offers various carpet cleaning services to homeowners in Northern Virginia. Services can range from pet stain and odor removal to furniture cleaning. We only use certified green products to keep your home clean and healthy for you and your loved ones. Contact us today to set up an appointment!