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Can Green Cleaning Products Be Used to Disinfect?

Posted on October 31, 2012

Thanks to strategic advertising and marketing campaigns, many people have been convinced to believe that the only way to combat dangerous germs throughout the home is with the help of toxic chemicals. The same toxic chemicals that can take care of your nasty microorganisms in your kitchen can also cause serious harm to you and your family. One alternative is to switch to organic cleaning services and natural cleaning products. The question is, can an organic cleaning product take care of the germs and bacteria?

Contrary to popular belief, chemicals are not the only substances that can effectively remove the germs from your surfaces. There are many completely natural oils that can also kill germs, such as thyme oil or tea tree oil. In order to determine the type of substance you will need to use to clean a surface, you need to know what type of germs you are trying to combat. A trained green cleaning service professional will know exactly which types of natural and healthy cleaning products can be used to clean everything from your bathroom floors to your kitchen counters in order to protect your family.

When purchasing cleaning products, it is not always reliable to base your decisions solely on the packaging and labeling. Majority of the current excellent green cleaning products will not have the words disinfectant or sanitizer on their labeling because they have not been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency, which is necessary in order to be categorized as those types of cleaners.

Even though these products have not been registered with the EPA, many of them are much safer for human and environmental health than those that have been registered. Many environmentally friendly cleaning services and cleaning products receive third party certification from environmental programs.

Many of the common disinfectants contain chemicals that can lead to dangerous toxic build up within the body. The health effects of using these chemicals excessively within the home can potentially range anywhere from headaches to certain types of cancer. In most cases, these cleaners are overused and unnecessary. The most dangerous disinfectants are most often used on surfaces that are used for cooking, eating, or surfaces that children touch. These are the areas where it is most crucial not to have any contact with chemicals and toxins.

A safe and healthy alternative is the use of natural and organic cleaning products. There is strong evidence to suggest that natural cleaning products can be used effectively to protect your home from common germs without any problem, and without adding additional health risks. A well-trained organic cleaning service will have all of the knowledge necessary to know which natural products should be used to disinfect specific types of surfaces.

If you are interested in learning how your home, or even your office, could be cleaned effectively using safe and healthy product, you should certainly consider consulting with an eco-friendly cleaning service. You will most likely find that your household cleaning product choices have been much too extreme for your cleaning needs.






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