Nitrogen, ammonia, phosphorus and other chemicals used in making conventional cleaning products are grouped under the term “Volatile Organic Compounds” – VOC by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the environmental hazards in conventional cleaners. VOCs can cause a number of health hazards by when used indoors. When used, it concentrates inside the household air and goes outdoor, thanks to proper ventilation. VOCs contribute to smog and other environmental pollution that is dangerous to wildlife.
Many conventional cleaning products contain phosphates, which has a negative effect on the ocean. In smaller bodies of water, phosphates can deplete the supply of oxygen in the water, increase the growth of algae, and creates other harmful living conditions for wildlife. Harmful toxins from chemical cleaners are discharged directly into the environment and will possibly find its way into water bodies without being treated, causing havoc to animals.
Nitrogen, ammonia, and phosphorus are all fertilizers used by farmers to help grow plants in controlled environments. However, these same chemicals enter and pollute a freshwater environment as residues of household cleaning which were left uncontrolled or untreated. These lead to increase the life cycle of the plants chemically, leading to massive death, decay and depleting the oxygen in the water. It destroys freshwater fish and other wildlife and their death cause more decay as well. With time, the water will not be suitable for drinking or bathing by humans and other animals.
The good news is this can be controlled! In order to stop using conventional cleaning products that are harmful to humans and other living creatures, you would have to switch to green cleaning. There are natural and organic products that are becoming more popular and affordable these days. You can even opt for the use of green cleaning products when obtaining professional cleaning quotes; it’s more friendly to you and the environment!
Clearly, there are environmental benefits to using green products and methods of cleaning. They are non-toxic and less harmful to the water bodies and they tend to break down more effectively. More so, green products release fewer toxins into the air, which is a major contributor to poor air quality. They are solvent free and have almost no odor at all, creating room for fresher air.
Vinegar is a naturally biodegradable green product that has its cleaning uses. It is one of my favorite when it comes to green cleaning, and I highly recommend it if you want to have a safer environment. Baking soda works well with vinegar to clear clogged drains. Mixing baking soda with a cup of vinegar in hot water can be very effective in clearing drains.
NOTE: By disposing of your conventional cleaning products and other hazardous cleaning chemicals, you might assist the ecosystem and your own health. Before you purchase any cleaning product, make sure you are buying green products. Your decision will not only affect you but other people’s lives as well. You should also consider the effects on plants, land and sea animals, and other wildlife.