The following post is by our good friend, Suzanne Brocato, who is passionate about saving our earth–but in a very non-tree-hugging way. (And living in the San Francisco Bay Area, we know a tree-hugger when we see one)!! Suzanne just wants to save the planet one house at a time.
Allergy season is right around the corner. At least in the comfort of your own home you should not have breathing problems or eye irritation. The EPA found that the level of pollutants are often five times and occasionally 100 times higher indoors and than outdoors. Housecleaning should be enjoyable, safe and actually ease your allergies, not irritate them.
A good start for healthier living and reducing environmental allergy reactions is to get rid of chemicals and toxins in your home. In an average home there are 150 chemicals associated with allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological disorders. Chemicals in household cleaners can be linked with respiratory problems and asthma. It is said that one in every 13 school-age children in America has asthma! And the condition has increased 160 percent since 1980 in children younger than five years old.
Switching to green cleaners which are non-toxic and bio-degradable is healthy for you, your family and your planet. When toxins in the home are removed, problems with asthma related to the environment can diminish. When you are fighting allergies your immune system needs all the power it can get. Being in the midst of “irritants,” as most chemical cleaners warning labels read, make your body work harder to defend itself.
Most people think they need to compromise effectiveness or price with Green cleaners. That is not true. There are many to choose from now that the “Green” movement is sweeping the nation. Look for green cleaners that are concentrated so that you are not contributing unnecessary plastic to our land fills.
You can even save money while saving your health. For example, some like Shaklee’s “Get Clean” line can save you up to $3000 a year! When a product is in concentrated form, the company uses fewer bottles, less packaging, etc. So it costs less…. and wastes less…. our planet likes that!
If you have someone else cleaning your home have them use your Green products to do the job. You won’t have to come home and open all the windows to get the so-called clean chemical smell out. You also won’t have to worry about babies, small children or pets coming in contact with chemical residue on floors or surfaces like counters and sinks.
Cleaning Green makes sense. If your are in harmony with nature it will be in harmony with you. Everyone wins. You, your family and your planet.
Suzanne Brocato, a concerned mom and advocate for healthy people and planet, may be contacted at www.shaklee.net/suzannebrocato.