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09May 2014
Ensuring That Your Domestic Cleaning Is Environmentally Sound
Ensuring That Your Domestic Cleaning Is Environmentally SoundThe world faces an imminent danger in the form of human beings. The way in which we treat the planet is extremely dangerous, and the only way to ensure that your contribution is enough is to make every part of your life work towards ensuring a better future for the planet. You will find that there are many parts of life that you can get in tune with green ways of doing things, and the cleaning is no different. You may not have thought much about it before, but in fact, the is a huge amount of polluting and dangerous material involved in cleaning and the products that it requires, so have a look over the following tips for some great places to start with getting your green cleaning on track!For a start, think about the chemicals involved in the cleaning process. Bleach and other products can be extremely bad for the environment, the wildlife and your family! In some cases, the chemicals that you use to get rid of dirt are more dangerous than the dirt itself, especially for children! The water systems that these chemicals are flushed in to will be the support lines of many an eco system, and with continued pollution of these water tables, you could be contributing to the deaths of many insects, birds, fish and animals. Try finding green alternatives, which are available in the supermarket in the form of ‘eco-cleaners’. These products are made from plant extracts and minerals and clean naturally, also coming in recycled, refillable bottles. These cleaners can come with a hefty price tag for your guilt, so you might want to try using less obvious natural cleaners - lemon, vinegar and baking soda. These three can be transformed in to a variety of cleaning products that are great for the whole house. You will no doubt be able to find thousands of ‘recipes’ online that will help you get the combinations right for various cleaning uses for the ingredients. Have a think as well about the sustainability of the things that you use to clean. Sure, cleaning products are potentially dangerous, but the bottles that they come in are also the product of polluting processes, and will often end up on the landfill site or the dump, contributing to a much wider crisis. When we have a world where fish and birds get tangled in dumped rubbish, and wales are found with stomachs full of plastic bags, there needs to be change. Try to use sustainable sourced materials in your cleaning. A wooden handled mop or a tin bucket can be a lot longer lasting and much more responsibly made than their plastic alternatives. Sure, it might be a bit more expensive at first, but that is likely to outlast the amount that you would spend on the less sturdy version. Have a think about how often you throw things away; if you are a keen user of paper towels, J-cloths and disposable sponges, then you are throwing money and material away all the time. Those things take resources, energy and processes to make, all of which contribute to wider problems. Deforestation for paper is a massive issues, and not one that people seem to be set on helping if they are continually using paper and then just chucking it away! The same with the sponges and cloths, which are made in factories that use huge amount of electricity and churn out toxic gasses. Make rags or invest in to sturdier cloths!

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