When we clean our homes, we put an extraordinary amount of effort into it. We make those efforts because we care. We want the best for our families, and because we care so much, it’s understandable that we have questions about how well all natural cleaners work.
It’s a complete myth to assume natural cleaners don’t work. We’re used to believing only chemical cleaners can disinfect and handle bacteria, so it’s understandable we have questions about the effectiveness of green products. We want to know that our homes are being cleaned, but we also don’t want to sacrifice the health and safety of our family by using chemical cleaners.
Not All Natural Cleaners Clean Equally
The bad reputation natural cleaners for “not working” and killing germs comes from the “green” products that don’t clean very well. The sad fact is that lot of companies wanted to jump on the “clean green” bandwagon. Studies show that 98% of the “natural” products out there aren’t actually natural. Companies “greenwash” to keep up. This means their products don’t actually work or they’re still full of bad ingredients.
This doesn’t mean that natural products don’t work. The real, green cleaners absolutely work! It means we have to do extensive, careful research and find the 2% of the all-natural products that really do work.
Find the Right Green Cleaners
Cleaning green does work, and all it takes is a little bit of extra research. We have to find the ingredients that kill germs and cut through grease. Generally, cleaning products that have the “Environmental Protection Safer Choice” label lets us know whether or not the green product we’re interested in is helpful in cleaning our homes. The EPA reviews these products for performance.
Using all-natural green products also requires us to change our mindset. We have to adjust how we think about cleaning, and we have to be willing to clean in a new way as well. Chemicals, although incredibly harmful, does a good job cleaning. But we have to find creative ways to scrub and cut through grease.
And once we find the green products that work for us, we’ll can clean our homes with confidence: knowing that we aren’t risking our health by using chemical cleaners, effectively disinfecting our homes.