Reasons for Cleaning Green
How do you choose cleaning products? While price or brand recognition may be key influences, there is much more to consider. Overall, your choices can negatively impact your health, the health of your loved ones, and the environment.
Some of the dangerous household products to avoid include antibacterial products, air fresheners, bleach, ammonia, and cleaners with artificial fragrances. The risks that come with using each of these vary, but can include headaches and irritation to the eyes/nose. The effects of inhaling bleach fumes, for example, can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and more.
Petter Nahed, the founder and CEO of Maid Green, was inspired to make a difference and start a green cleaning company after his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Her cancer was caused by using traditional cleaning products that contained toxic chemicals to clean homes. Green cleaning methods involve using only biodegradable products to clean, which reduces the use of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Nahed’s mother is now cancer-free, Maid Green participates year-round in the non-profit organization “Cleaning for a Reason”. This organization provides free house cleanings to women undergoing treatment for cancer.
Luckily, you can quickly and easily eliminate the use of toxic cleaning products from your cleaning routine. For example, you can add vinegar or baking soda to a spray bottle and mix in a little warm water to make an all-purpose cleaner. Or, if you’re limited on time, you can take some of the stress off your shoulders and hire a green cleaning service.