You know that I’m all about clean eating for good health, but how about clean cleaning? There are so many cleaning agents on the market that contain countless chemicals, many of them potentially harmful to our health, that we need to take stock, and be choosy before we buy.
Remember that commercial slogan…”Choosy moms choose Jif?” I may not love all of the ingredients used in Jiffy peanut butter but my point is, choosy moms should choose clean cleaning agents to spif up their homes. Simply put, it makes ec0-sense, not only for your health, but for the health of our planet.
Companies that make biodegradable cleaning supplies are doing us all a great service, and demonstrating exactly why there’s no reason in the world to use chemicals that we’re not supposed to be touching or inhaling, like bleach and ammonia. Instead, they’ve created cleaners that are more natural, such as Green Works and Seventh Generation.
Green Works for example is made from plant and mineral based ingredients that are also biodegradable, and are never tested on animals. They also urge consumers who buy their products to recycle their packaging, and they support the Sierra Club’s efforts to protect and preserve our planet. Seventh Generation products are of the same ilk. Their dishwasher detergent for one is chlorine and phosphate-free and biodegradable. As it states on the box, if every household in the U.S. replaced just one box of 45 oz. automatic dishwashing detergent containing phosphates, with Seventh Generation detergent, we could save 60-million pounds of phosphates from entering our rivers, lakes and streams.
So as Earth Day fast approaches, (Sunday, April 22nd) please think about what you can do to help. You may want to make your own cleaning agents with natural ingredients like vinegar, lemons, and baking soda.
If we all do something, no matter how small, it will make a big difference, not only for our health, but for the wellness of our planet, now and for generations to come.