Today’s ECOLOGICALLY safe household cleaning brands are highly effective. Our favourites, which we can’t personally live without, and which our customers demand, include:
BEE cleaning (click on images above)
Citrus Resources (click on images above)
BEE’s starter pack will give you an immediate breathe-easy household cleaning kit.
WHY USE GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS?
Cleaning products are released to the environment during normal use through evaporation of volatile components and rinsing down the drain of residual product from cleaned surfaces, sponges, etc. Choosing less hazardous products that have positive environmental attributes (e.g., biodegradability, low toxicity, low volatile organic compound (VOC) content, reduced packaging, low life cycle energy use) and taking steps to reduce exposure can minimize harmful impacts to people, improve indoor air quality, and reduce water and ambient air pollution while also ensuring the effectiveness of cleaning in removing biological and other contaminants from the building’s interior.
Certain ingredients in cleaning products can present hazard concerns to exposed populations (e.g., skin and eye irritation) or toxicity to aquatic species in waters receiving inadequately treated wastes. For example, alkylphenol ethoxylates, a common surfactant ingredient in cleaners, have been shown in laboratory studies to function as an “endocrine disrupter,” causing adverse reproductive effects of the types seen in wildlife exposed to polluted waters.
Ingredients containing phosphorus or nitrogen can contribute to nutrient-loading in water bodies, leading to adverse effects on water quality.
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) in cleaning products can affect indoor air quality and also contribute to smog formation in outdoor air.
Buying cleaners in concentrates with reusable, reduced, or recyclable packaging, reduces packaging waste and transportation energy