We all know it’s important to try to reduce our carbon footprint. We recycle, we drink from reusable coffee cups and many of us try to limit our long haul flights. But many of us don’t realise that we may be harming the environment without even realising, with the everyday cleaning products we use at home.
Many household cleaners contain non-biodegradable and toxic chemicals. These chemicals can pollute rivers and streams (and be ingested by marine life), contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous when swallowed and can be harmful to both humans and animals when inhaled or touched.
Perhaps even more worryingly, alarming insights have come to light regarding the dangers of the regular use of such products – the very products that some of us use several times a week, even everyday. Earlier this year, the Independent reported that scientists have warned cleaning products are as bad for our lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day. In a study over a 20-year period, many of the 6,000 participants suffered significant health problems and lung function decline after long-term use. Scientists recommend that these products should be avoided in order to protect our health.
In a similar vein, a 2017 Guardian article stated that using powerful cleaners such as bleach just once a week could increase our chances of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by nearly a third, according to a 30-year study from Harvard University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research.
The Independent emphasised that the detrimental health effects on women were far more serious than the effects on men. This is cause for even greater concern given the fact that the majority of cleaning industry workers are female.
These facts seem shocking, but perhaps it should come as no surprise that traditional cleaning products could spell danger to humans. All you have to do is take a look at one of the bottles in your local supermarket – their labels are covered in toxic signs and warnings. Do we really want to be using these poisonous chemicals in our homes, exposing our families to them?
At Ecocleen we feel passionately about the mission to banish these potentially deadly chemicals from our homes, before they cause even greater damage to us, and to our environment. The health and wellbeing of our staff is of paramount importance to us, and that’s why we invest in the safest products in the market.
We use nothing but planet safe, people safe, and cruelty free products, all of which are certified by Leaping Bunny, Ecolabel or EcoLogo. As an official partner of Eco-Schools, the largest environmental schools programme in the UK, and all our products are also Eco-Schools endorsed. We utilise these eco-friendly supplies to deliver a safe and secure service, cleaning thoroughly and effectively – always without chemicals. No safety issues, no safeguarding problems, no toxins. What’s more, you no longer need to worry about the strong smell that comes with harsh products – after all, no one wants their business to smell like a chemistry lab.
There may be a myth that we need harsh chemicals to truly kill bacteria and achieve the highest level of cleanliness. In fact, cleaning using natural products instead of chemicals has been proven to provide a more thorough clean for most surfaces. There is no longer any excuse.
We strongly believe that by using eco-friendly, green products, we can create a better, cleaner future for our planet. You’d never knowingly bring poison into your home – so why would you use potentially lethal cleaning products? Luckily, safe and eco-friendly alternatives are available, and the sooner we can all make our homes completely “eco”, the better.