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Posted by: Pearson | 2019/03/06

Safe cleaning products

How bad are cleaning products for health and the environment. Which ones can I use?

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- 2019/03/11

When commercial cleaners are used according to the product instructions, they won't pose an immediate health risk. However, used over many years, the thousands of times we’re exposed to small amounts of chemicals in such products may add up to negative health effects. We don't know yet how much of a risk this may be.

Cleaning products take resources to be manufactured, which contributes to climate change and pollution. When we’re done with them they get washed down the drain to water treatment plants, which require more resources to remove them. The chemicals aren’t completely removed however, and increasingly these are found in waterways where they can enter aquatic organisms. Product containers end up in ever-growing landfills.

To reduce both health and environmental risks, use commercial cleaners in smaller amounts, and swop them for safe ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice and  bicarb. You could also consider trying some of the locally produced commercial green cleaners e.g. Better Earth, Enchantrix.


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