The Benefits of Green Cleaning

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Green Cleaning refers to the use of environmentally friendly products and cleaning techniques for cleaning a home or business.  This cleaning strategy avoids using toxic chemicals or processes which may harm the environment.  It also aims to improve the health of people in the building by limited their exposure to toxic chemicals found in some commercial cleaning products.

Green cleaning avoids using any products that have been produced in an unsustainable way or which use excessive levels of non-biodegradable packaging.  This cleaning technique also uses cleaning tools that are reusable and biodegradable.

There are many commercial green cleaning products available for purchase.  The term eco-friendly is often used to describe these products.  Green cleaning can also be achieved with many common household items that most people are likely to already own, including vinegar, baking powder and olive oil.

This type of cleaning has become very popular in recent years as more people consider the impact that their personal behavior has on the environment. It has also become popular with clients who prefer to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals in their home or place of business.

This article will take a look at the benefits of green cleaning and identify some common household items that can be used for green cleaning.

Green Cleaning Advantages

Some of the advantages of using green cleaning techniques include:

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Less exposure to toxic chemicals

If green cleaning techniques are used, the person doing the cleaning can avoid exposure to some potentially hazardous chemicals.  Other occupants of the building can also avoid breathing-in or touching remnants of cleaning chemicals used throughout the building. 

This is important because some studies have found a link between chemicals in some cleaning products and certain health problems, including asthma attacks and hormone disruption.  If you are concerned about your work colleagues or family members being exposed to toxic chemicals, green cleaning techniques are ideal.

Better Air Quality in the Building

Many people can’t stand the smell of chemicals including bleach, ammonia, chemical air fresheners and oven cleaners.  These strong smells can even trigger asthma attacks or allergic responses in some people.  The use of green cleaning products helps maintain a high standard of air quality in the building.

Safer to Use Products

If you use a conventional cleaning product incorrectly or have an accident, you may be exposed to toxic fumes or chemical burns.  Using green cleaning products is much safer and there is less risk of an accident impacting your health.

Better For The Environment

If you care for the environment, it only makes sense to use cleaning products that don’t pollute it with chemicals.  Green cleaning techniques focus on reducing landfill by minimizing product wastage.  Instead of using flimsy sponges that are thrown away after a few uses, reusable microfibre towels and mop pads are used.  They can be washed and reused hundreds of times.

Green cleaning also uses equipment that is easy to maintain and repair.  The vacuum cleaners and mops that are used have easily replaceable components to dramatically improve their lifespan.

Green Cleaning Can Save You Money!

Many popular commercial products are very expensive.  The common green cleaning products (listed below) are extremely cheap and cost-effective.  This is a major advantage for businesses who may be cleaning large buildings on a regular basis.

Using green cleaning products may save your business money in other ways also.  Staff may take less sick days if they are no longer exposed to cleaning chemicals in the workplace.  You also avoid the risk of an accident involving cleaning chemicals.

Common Green Cleaning Products

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In addition to commercial green cleaning products, there are a variety of common household items which can be used for green cleaning.  These items include:

  • White Vinegar
    Perhaps the most versatile green cleaning product, white vinegar can cut through greasy stains, works as a mild disinfectant and can deodorize rooms.  A white vinegar and water mix can be used to remove stains from carpet and it can also be used to clean mirrors or windows.
  • Lemon juice
    Lemon juice acts like a mild bleach and can remove some stains.  It also performs well as a deodorizer and cleaning agent.  It can be combined with salt to make a strong cleaning solution.
  • Baking Soda
    Baking soda can be used to deodorize rooms, clean metal objects, to remove stains from food containers and much more.  There are dozens of uses for baking soda around the home.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
    This can be used to remove stains from fabric, clean toilets, clean sponges, clean food containers, clean floors and much more.
  • Borax
    Despite having a name that sounds like it is a chemical, borax is actually a natural mineral salt.  It can be used to deter insects, bleach fabrics, disinfect surfaces and deodorize carpets.
  • Olive Oil
    In addition to being an essential addition to a delicious salad, olive oil can be used to remove mineral deposits, hydrate timber and reduce the appearance of scratches on furniture.
  • Pure soap
    This is a great general purpose cleaner that biodegrades completely.


So the next time you are considering cleaning your home or business — think about green cleaning techniques.  You can save money, improve your health and help the environment at the same time!