Green Cleaning: Natural Cleaning Tips for the Eco-Friendly, by Cynthia Lott, is just as the title states and more. Not simply page after page of recipes, the rationale is given why you would want to go “green”. I found it quite enlightening as Lott encourages us to think about the ethics of the companies that make the products we put on and in our bodies and use to clean our home. Greenness can refer to ingredients, whether they are safe to dispose of normally, and whether they affect the environment in their growing and harvesting.
Dangerous synthetic chemicals such as chlorine, triclosan, phosphates, ammonia, and artificial coloring and fragrance, most of which you have probably seen on the news, are harmful and are responsible for many frightening side effects. Their ingredients contain known carcinogens, hormone disrupters, neurotoxins, and other ingredients harmful to humans and animals. Because of their small size and rapid development, the fetus is especially vulnerable and has no choice what he or she is exposed to. Conditions that can be due to toxins in the environment are asthma, allergies including rashes and skin problems, and headaches. Isn’t it worth a try to see if you can feel better by going green?
Companies sometimes try to make their products appear green when they truly are not. Because this status is currently unregulated by the government, it is up to you and others to research products you consider purchasing.
Going green can even save money by reducing the number of specialized cleaning products you purchase. Many effective cleaners can be made from baking soda, vinegar, plain liquid soap, and water. Won’t you try them? Pick up Green Cleaning by Cynthia Lott for all the recipes.