Using Green Cleaners Improves Your Quality of Day-to-Day Living. Here’s How…
It’s no secret that using sustainable, eco-friendly cleaning products are good for the planet.
Green cleaning companies love telling us about how their products reduce plastic waste and CO2 emissions, don’t release toxic chemicals into the atmosphere, and have zero-waste packaging that won’t end up in landfills.
But green cleaners aren’t just good for the planet - they’re good for you and your family.
Choosing your products based on their environmental impact is admirable, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting those same products to have a positive impact on your home life, too.
That’s why we put together this list of our eight favorite every day, good-for-you benefits of using green cleaners.
We don’t know about you, but anytime we can use a product that’s sustainable and makes our lives easier, we’re in.
The 8 Best Benefits of Using Sustainable, Green Cleaners
#1 They Improve the Air Quality in Your Home
If you look at the weather app on your phone, you’ll see an air quality section underneath the temperature info.
Especially for people who live in cities, it’s helpful because there are some days when it’s better not to go outside.
What your phone doesn’t tell you is whether or not it’s safe to be in your home.
If you use standard household cleaners, the chances are good that you’re releasing toxic chemicals into your home. Traditional cleaners almost always have dangerous chemicals in their formulas - some that aren’t even FDA approved - that have serious health risks.
The chemicals in conventional cleaning supplies have been linked to health issues like eye and skin burns, respiratory problems, allergies, headaches, nausea, and reproductive issues.
By switching to non-toxic, green cleaners, you’re eliminating those risks and improving the air quality in your home.
Toxic chemicals and ingredients, we hardly knew ye.
#2 They’re Better for Your Budget
Traditional cleaning companies want you two things:
- That you need a different cleaning product for every surface in your home, and,
- That cleaning green costs more.
Neither of those things is true.
First: think about all the different cleaners we’re sold for our bathrooms.
- Toilet cleaner for the toilet
- Shower cleaner for the shower tiles AND grout cleaner for the grout
- Sink cleaner for the sink
- Mirror cleaner for the mirror
- Floor cleaner for the floor
- Multi-surface cleaner for the countertops
We could continue, but you probably already get the point.
By convincing you that you need a different cleaner for every inch of your bathroom, cleaning companies can sell you more products. What those companies don’t want you to know is that you really only need two or three cleaners for your entire home.
Green cleaning brands believe that sustainability means using as few products as possible and making sure the products they make are 100% recyclable or completely zero-waste.
So instead of seven cleaners for your bathroom (seven!), sustainable cleaning companies usually have one bathroom cleaner that works for every surface.
Not only that, but that one bathroom cleaner likely costs less than just one of those other bathroom cleaners.
Despite what you may have heard, many sustainable clean products cost less than traditional cleaners. Because of the recent influx of eco-friendly cleaning products, companies are forced to price competitively.
Traditional cleaners, on the other hand, rely on the fact that most consumers are willing to pay more for a product with brand recognition, regardless of the product’s effectiveness.
We’re not great at math, but we’re pretty sure one less expensive bathroom cleaner is better than for our budget than seven pricey ones.
#3 They Save Your Stuff
The harsh chemicals in standard cleaners don’t just hurt your budget and the air quality in your home, they also hurt your stuff.
Harsh chemicals - whether they’re in your detergent or your dish soap - wear on surfaces like clothes, dishes, furniture, and countertops.
Have you ever wondered why you need fabric softener? It’s because the chemicals in standard detergent wear away at the texture of your clothes.
The same thing happens to your hardwood floors when you use a floor cleaner with toxic chemicals.
The best way to make your stuff last is to use cleaners free of harmful ingredients like sulfates, phthalates, and formaldehyde, and use non-toxic cleaners with simple, clean, effective ingredients.
#4 They Make Your Home Smell Better
Sure, bleach may make the grout in your bathroom look white-strips white, but you know what else it does?
It makes your bathroom smell like bleach.
If you ever cleaned anything, you know that ammonia, bleach, and chemicals all leave behind a chemical stink.
Call us crazy, but if the point of cleaning is to make your home smell better, why would you want to replace dirty soccer jersey smell with a bleach smell?
Besides the fact that green cleaners eschew ammonia, bleach, and other harsh chemicals, they also forego artificial scents.
Green cleaners are scented with a natural oil like lemon, coconut, or citrus. That means the only smell they leave behind is one that comes from the natural ingredients in their products.
#5 They Help You Raise Responsible Kids
On the majority of the planet, the temperature is expected to rise by 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050.
That increase in temperature will decimate species, lead to unprecedented sea level rise, cause droughts and food shortages, and be bad for, well, everyone.
If we care at all about having a planet for our grandchildren to live on, we need to teach the next generation about sustainability and living green.
And that means leading by example.
If you tell your children that it’s important to live sustainably, and then buy and toss a single-use plastic bottle of kitchen cleaner every month, the message won’t stick.
Even though we tell our children to do as we say, not as we do, they’re much more likely to do the opposite.
By using green, sustainable cleaners that have zero-waste packaging, you’re setting an example that will lead to a brighter future for them and their planet.
#6 They’re Safer
Cleaning supplies shouldn’t need a safety label that says “possible skin burns” or “dangerous fumes,” but, sadly, many of them do.
Why do we keep using these products that we know could hurt us?
Because the big cleaning companies have fooled you into thinking that green cleaners won’t clean. They’ve told you that for a cleaning product to be effective, it needs to have dangerous chemicals.
It’s a clever trick.
Traditional cleaning companies duped us all into thinking their products are the only ones that work. That way, we won’t pressure them to change their formulas, improve their packaging, or swap out dangerous ingredients.
But despite what those companies would have you believe, green cleaners clean just as well if not better than standard household cleaners.
Ingredients like lemon oil or vinegar have natural antibacterial properties that disinfect, tea tree oil is a natural mold killer, and all-natural, organic basil oil kills E. Coli, salmonella, and listeria.
So, no, you don’t need to introduce dangerous chemicals into your home to clean it.
Sorry, toxic cleaning products.
#7 They Don’t Have Antibiotics
In 2005, the FDA admitted that antibacterial soap is no more effective at preventing illness or killing germs than regular soap.
Couple that with the fact that the AMA (American Medical Association) has released multiple studies showing that frequent use of products with antibacterial ingredients reduces our resistance to antibiotics in general, and you start to wonder why everyone seems so obsessed with buying antibacterial cleaning products.
Using antibacterial soaps doesn’t help you clean and reduces your (and your kid’s) resistance to life-saving medicine.
It’s a lose/lose, yet most standard cleaners continue to load their products with artificially produced antibiotics.
Green cleaners, however, typically have ingredients with antibacterial properties (i.e., non-antibiotic ingredients that clean like an antibiotic), that aren’t toxic and won’t affect your immune system.
#8 They Give You One Less Thing to Worry About
Unfortunately, just because something is for sale on the shelf at the grocery store, that doesn’t mean it’s safe. And the fact is, most traditional cleaning products aren’t safe.
Green, sustainable cleaning brands are made to be a safer alternative to traditional household cleaning supplies.
So do your research, find a green brand that you trust, and stop worrying about whether or not your cleaning supplies are safe for you or your family.