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    Breathe Easy: Cleaning Tips For Asthma And Allergies Relief

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    Breathe Easy: Cleaning Tips For Asthma And Allergies Relief

    Breathe Easy: Cleaning Tips For Asthma And Allergies Relief
    Breathe Easy: Cleaning Tips For Asthma And Allergies Relief

    There is no doubt that there is a challenge with cleaning when it comes to people living with asthma and allergies. This is a case of dust rise that triggers them and causes an episode, especially for those in the dusty regions of the world. This does not take away the fact that there are some unclean people who support their unclean living habits with claims of asthma and allergies. These people will go to any length to prove they are allergic to cleaning up their living spaces. But for those who genuinely have these issues, they try not even to have dirty surroundings. But the guys who enjoy every bit of their dirty surroundings, don’t really have the issue after much investigation. The genuine ones will always try to live clean because they know they can not conveniently clean when they make a huge mess, so they try not to make a mess because asthmatic episodes can get triggered unexpectedly because allergens are all around us waiting to strike as we make contact with them on our daily routines of life. However, this is not a death sentence for anyone with these health conditions, as this post will outline the best cleaning practices to adopt when maintaining a clean environment, avoiding allergic/ asthmatic attacks and promoting and maintaining a healthy respiratory system, which is a significant receptor of cleaning agents.

    Allergy is a reaction from your immune system to some foreign substances like pollen from flowers, nuts, fur, mould spores, and dust mites, while Asthma is a respiratory condition famous for the inflammation and narrowing of the airways, caused by allergens or pollutants. Now that we understand what they are, let us go through the best cleaning practices to avoid them.

    Cleaning Strategies To Reduce Allergic And Asthmatic Episodes

    Breathe Easy: Cleaning Tips For Asthma And Allergies Relief
    Breathe Easy: Cleaning Tips For Asthma And Allergies Relief

    Dust Mite Management: A typical dust content from waste is the dust mite, which requires critical management, to prevent the spread and allergic reactions. To control their impact, it is important to wash items like tablecloths, bedsheets, pillowcases and any other cloth in hot water because dust mites could easily settle on these clothes and surfaces and stay put. No matter the method used always get them washed on a weekly or biweekly basis. Some people will always consider options like using allergen-proof mattresses and pillow covers to prevent any form of permanent settlement of dust mites on them and vacuuming the rugs, carpets as well and upholstery with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter.

    Control Pet Dander and Fur: Pet owners are faced with a handful of challenges in their homes, like the constant release of furs and feathers all around the house, depending on the type of pet, the lice or parasites for those not properly taken care of, the shedding of dead skin, faeces, saliva and urine around the house, which can come combined with pollens, moulds as well as dust mites. These challenges can be managed by sending pets to the vet regularly as expected, trimming and brushing the pets periodically to reduce shedding, washing up the pet’s bedding, cage and house, and cleaning up the corners allocated to them in your home, to reduce shedding. In all honesty, owning a pet is not for the lazy ones, especially if you are allergic to cleaning, which makes your living space an unhealthy space. Do not expect the pets to clean up after themselves and provide companionship to you. You either own and completely care for them, or you don’t own them at all.

    Mould Prevention: Allergies and asthma can easily be aggravated by mould spores all around the house, especially if you have children in the house. The best bet will be to promptly fix leaks to prevent water from accumulating around the walls of the home and disinfect surfaces in the house. Some will also accept the idea of using fans to create air circulation around the house.

    Prevention against pollen: During the pollen (spring) season, ways to minimise exposure to pollen include keeping the windows shut for the highly sensitive nostrils, preventing pollen from entering the house, and changing out of the outing clothes immediately after you come into the house from outdoors, using air purifiers with which has filters to trap airborne pollen.

    Improve Air Quality through cross ventilation: Indoor air quality is a compulsory part of avoiding asthmatic episodes, especially for homes where there are smokers. People who conveniently smoke in their homes have given their homes a familiar air smell, and that complicates the state of health for anyone who is asthmatic within the household. When this happens, opening up the windows and doors for cleaner air to come in, will help clear the ambience of the home. Another option is to strategically position air purifiers around the house to cleanse the air of the smoke puffs and filter out the airborne particles. You can also install the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to help filter out the indoor air quality. There are other products out in the market that can be used in place of the aforementioned. Also, consider smoking outside mostly.

    Prioritise The Use Of Asthma-friendly cleaning products: Any household with an asthmatic person, should do well to always consider the asthmatic person within the family whenever it is shopping time. Look out for asthma-friendly products, consider the chemical components of products, and avoid strong/pungent-smelling products, especially the volatile organic compounds which are known for their irritation to the respiratory system.

    Consider Producing Your Safe DIY Cleaning Products: When in doubt about all products gracing the shelves of retail stores, then it is probably time to consider producing yours, which you can trust and vouch for its safety. Every day household items like vinegar, baking soda and lemon can be combined to produce a good cleaning solution. They perform the same function and prevent the risk of chemical exposure faced when using synthetic chemicals.

    Regular Deep Cleaning of your home: Come up with a cleaning schedule, and choose the most convenient day for deep cleaning your environment to combat allergens that are hidden, regularly clean your curtains, blinds, upholstered, rug, carpets, either doing it yourself using the new and improved carpet cleaner or contracting the services of professional cleaners, also remember to wipe down surfaces using wet cloths to easily capture dusts on surfaces as well as the mites.

    As much as you can, avoid scented products: Scented products can trigger asthmatic episodes, so scented cleaning products can be irritating, rather than pleasant. To minimise potential distress of the respiratory system, always go for unscented or very lightly scented products to avoid an emergency situation.

    Lastly, Maintain a Proper Storage System: If you have been reading other posts on this blog, you will understand how important it is to avoid clutter by returning items to where they live, right after using them. This is because dust and allergens can easily settle on clutter, as they are not the easiest surfaces to clean. Storing items in containers reduces their exposure to dust, and helps keep your living space organized, always sell or give away items you no longer require on used clothes selling apps like Vinted.

    In Conclusion, creating and maintaining an asthma-friendly home involves careful practices to reduce dust and allergens around the house, as well as avoiding the irritation of the respiratory system. By adopting and constantly practising the listed cleaning strategies above, family members with allergies and asthma, can have fewer worries and breathe easily around the house without the fear of an emergency situation.

    Breathe Easy: Cleaning Tips For Asthma And Allergies Relief
    Breathe Easy: Cleaning Tips For Asthma And Allergies Relief

    The Intriguing Psychology of a Clean Home

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    The Intriguing psychology of a clean home

    I bet you all know that a clean home contributes to our mental and physical well-being, but did you know that it also impacts your psychology? Well then, stick around to discover the influence clutter has on your daily activities. First of all, let us analyse the level of stress your clutter can supply.

    The intriguing psychology of a clean home

    The Link Between Clutter and Stress

    There are beautiful benefits to keeping your home clean, but let us look at the effect of a cluttered home. This can affect adults as well as minors. So when your child or relative shows these typical behaviours of a person suffering from clutter, please look around to assess the condition of the living space for a better understanding.

    The striking Link between Space Clutter and Stress

    Whether we like it or not, clutter can cause stress and anxiety to the individuals who get to live with it. People typically ignore the point where they start to exhibit signs of a person suffering from cluttering because every person with a cluttering habit will always be in denial. They are willing to sit down and explain what they will use every cluttered item for. It is almost a war getting people who clutter, to admit it, especially when it is beginning to affect them.

    The intriguing psychology of a clean home

    1. Clutter overwhelms our senses

    A cluttered home overwhelms your senses, from the eyes that see and interpret what has been seen, due to the excessive visuals that have been taken in and interpreted, leading to sensory overload, which causes stress. So the next time you stare at a messy space and feel overwhelmed, stressed or overloaded, please remember that this is a confirmed reaction to a cluttered space. This brings me to the question, could this be one of the reasons why mothers are always stressed out? Having to take in these overwhelming sights every day, knowing that they are obligated to fix it, and not the actual perpetrators of the clutter?

    2. Pressure from decision-making

    Often we see a cluttered space and the next thought would be how to correct it. When children in the family destroy things around the house, after sending them to the naughty corner, the next thought will be how to either fix or pack up the ruins they created. The need for you to make a decision almost immediately creates stress on the mind and head that lies the crown. The same thing goes for clutter, it simply signifies choices, choices like where to place the displaced things, and where these cluttered items would live around the house, the thought process that goes down, before decluttering, amounts to stress on the mind of the cleaner. So professional cleaners and hosts of TV cleaning programs, do encounter major stress, which they combat by fixing the messy homes. So in as much as the result is supposed to be revealed to the house owners, the hosts also benefit from the result. When next you watch a cleaning show, remember that the host undergoes stress to create the perfect reveal.

    The intriguing psychology of a clean home
    The intriguing psychology of a clean home

    3. Clutter Creates a Feeling of Disorganisation

    There is always an emphasis on fixing your home space, making it bright, airy and decluttered. There is a significance it has on your thoughts, creativity and happiness. A cluttered space can make you feel chaotic, lack control, overwhelmed or even defeated or failing, adding more stress to your already mounting stress.

    Now with a better understanding of what a cluttered space is capable of doing to us, let’s explore what a decluttered space can correct in our minds. Does the opposite always mean good? Can it counter the negative effect of clutter on the mind? Can it improve the mental and emotional health? We often see these YouTubers choosing minimalist home decor, does it signify calmness and healthy space? Decluttered space can:

    1. Significantly Reduce Stress and Anxiety

    A decluttered or clutter-free space can significantly reduce your stress level, and dampen your anxiety. The sense of peace and calmness even when things are not working out how you want them to. Study shows that you are less likely to feel overwhelmed by your home when it is clutter-free. The orderliness you have put in place signifies strength, power and control, which can come in handy when you are facing stress from other aspects of your life, like in your professional life and relationships. Do not go through a break-up in a cluttered space, that will make you feel defeated. Clean up that space now, as a pending breakup could be on the way. lol.

    2. Improves Productivity and Your ability to focus

    No news exists that a clean space improves your productivity and focus on your goals. It has already eliminated your distractions, leaving you in a good place mentally, especially if you are creative, working from home, a student or content creator, and having that free focus to tackle the task at hand with a goal on your mind.

    3. Improved Sleep Quality

    Your bedroom is perhaps the room which will personally benefit you the most when it is clutter-free. The reason is that if ever you prioritise your mental health, then your room, the place you sleep and wake up in, should be the most clutter-free place in the house. This will promote peace and calmness, it will promote relaxation, helping you to easily unwind and sleep better. There is a link between cluttered space and bad sleep quality, which increases stress, irritability and anger. So to avoid all of these, ensure your sacred space (bedroom), is free of clutter, either for good sleep or a better baby-making process.

    4. Mood Improvement

    A clean home often creates a brighter mood. In fact, the act of cleaning is known to release endorphins, the feel-good hormones that brighten your mood. Now staying or returning to that clean home leaves you longing to go home because it provides you with the happiness and comfort you need. In general, people who love to clean, are happier than people who do not love to clean. Because while the former will always be in a clean space, the latter won’t, and that will collectively and unknowingly harm their mood.

    5. Reduces Health Issues

    A clean home isn’t only appealing to your eyes, it also transcends to your mental health. A clean environment is usually expected to have little or no dust, which in turn has no allergens that won’t attack your health. This then leaves you feeling and being healthy, happier and alive. So to be healthy, you need to have a healthy lifestyle and environment, especially where you call your home.

    6. Boosts Your Self-Esteem

    The simple act of owning/occupying a clean space, whether at work or in your home, plays a significant role in boosting the self-esteem of an individual. The people who reside in the slum, have it at the back of their minds, that they are not to have a say in society, as whatever they say won’t be useful to society, since they are from the dirty part of the region, and this place a role in their confidence outside of their confines. The enjoyable yet unappealing act of cleaning the space you live in can single-handedly be a part of self-care. Investing your time towards maintaining cleanliness around the home, makes you understand that you are in fact worthy of any good thing that comes your way, and this will in turn boost your self-esteem, your self-worth and your confidence. A clean home brings confidence.

    Have you ever taken the time to notice how calm people from a clean home can be? They mostly don’t automatically act weird and erratic, unless they have the need to. An organised home benefits the home and its occupants, and their dynamics, whereas the opposite is the case for a cluttered home and its occupants. A clean home doesn’t require yelling, unnecessary agitation and arguing, and no tension rising amidst the family. When we all do our bits and assist with the cleanliness a home bears, it brings a good sense of peace from the accomplishment of a clean home and family teamwork.

    The Zeigarnik Effect, states that people tend to remember uncompleted tasks better than completed ones, and living in a cluttered space gives the exact same uncomfortable feeling because it leaves you with the burden of needing to finish a task. That’s why when you keep your home clean, it brings you an instant sense of comfort and calmness because your mind is free of any set reminder, so it lets go of and doesn’t remind you of a yet-to-be-completed task.

    The intriguing psychology of a clean home
    The intriguing psychology of a clean home

    Tips for Maintaining A Decluttered Home

    Having outlined the psychological benefits of choosing to have a clean home, let us grab onto some tips that will equally maintain it. Some people with children say their homes only stay clean for about 20 minutes after cleaning before the cluttering starts again, but can this be controlled:

    • Declutter Regularly: Search and choose the most convenient time for you to regularly declutter your living space if you live alone, and together as a family if you don’t live alone, fight the urge to hoard unused/unwanted items. Use ‘need’ to decide on what you keep for yourself, donate to charity or even sell on apps like ‘Vinted’, and lastly, what you discard.
      • Perfect A Daily Cleaning Habit: A collective healthy daily cleaning habits, like doing the dishes promptly, putting things back where they belong, wiping down the kitchen counter regularly, sweeping the floors and getting rid of items no longer needed, mopping the kitchen floor before going to bed, as a collective quick before bed tidy up, will eventually lead to easy cleaning life.
    • Ensure A Designated Space For All Items: Always have a space for each item in your home, this is where these items will live or be returned to when not in use. When an item has no home in your home, then that is a decluttering red flag. This makes it easier to maintain a clean home.
    • Have Enough Storage Space: Storage spaces like shelves, wardrobes, and cabinets are not to be taken for granted, because they make a difference in decluttering a home. This will help ensure that every item in your home has a living space.
    • Stick to the One-In,One-Out Rule For Balance: When a new item is bought and brought into your home, always consider taking out the item it has come to replace. This is the first rule in preventing cluttering.
    • Consider a Professional Cleaner: When the size of your home becomes overwhelming to clean, then consider external help. It is realistic to clean a cosy space, but won’t be that smart for a large home, so seek a professional cleaner to come in on designated days and clean the house.

    Conclusion

    The psychology of a clean home is a prove that our living space holds a strong bond to our mental wellbeing. Like, the saying goes, the environment makes a man. A clean home is not only aesthetically pleasing to the eyes but can reduce stress, improve productivity, improves your mood and overall mental health. By simply incorporating the mentioned tips incorporating the tips mentioned above into your daily cleaning, you are open to enjoying a tidy living space where you get healed from the encounters of the outside world.

    Tidy Home: Time-Saving Cleaning Hacks For Busy Professionals

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    Tidy Home: Time-Saving Cleaning Hacks For Busy Professionals

    Tidy Home: Time-Saving Cleaning Hacks For Busy Professionals
    Tidy Home: Time-Saving Cleaning Hacks For Busy Professionals

    Basically, everyone is trying to get the bag through one hustle means or the other, leaving professionals with little to no time to cater to their homes. The need to make more money, to lead an envious life, in addition to a comfortable life, has created a whirlwind of busy humans, whether in good or not so good ways, leaving people with little or no time for housekeeping, and not even making enough to hire a cleaning company, every now and then.

    This lifestyle is bound to produce a messy and discomforting home for almost everyone. But what good will this blog be, if not to provide handy tips/hacks to make your life easier while trying to better it? Luckily for you, we have some cleaning hacks tailored to suit this particular lifestyle of people who are scheduled to a tight corner, to enable you to make that space you call home, a happy, clean and comfortable place to return after the hustle and bustle of the day.

    It is almost impossible to attend to all of your schedules from work and personal life commitments and responsibilities within the limited time and still attend to the cleaning, decluttering and sanitizing of the home. Still, with our cleaning hacks, your evenings, weekends and days off, will become yours for rest and recovery from the stress and exhaustion of work.

    Tidy Home: Time-Saving Cleaning Hacks For Busy Professionals
    Tidy Home: Time-Saving Cleaning Hacks For Busy Professionals

    1. Schedule Your Cleaning

    One of the most significant ways to reduce the burden of cleaning your home will be to actually map the parts of the home to be cleaned, and allocate days for them. This is simply to divide your home into various cleaning groups mentally, and then allocate the days for them and the specific tasks that will be done in that home. This can be done on your gadgets like phones, iPads, PCs etc., or manually on your calendar, diary, journals and more. For instance: Mondays can be for cleaning up the light clean up of the kitchen and dining area, Wednesdays can be for the light cleaning of the toilet and bathroom, and Fridays can be for the living room area, and then on the weekends, you can have a general deep cleaning of the home. Breaking them into simple tasks will buy you time to rest and recuperate without feeling defeated or overwhelmed.

    2. Regular Decluttering

    Set aside a few minutes to return things to where they were taken from in your home right after usage, discard those that are no longer in use or needed, and wipe down surfaces. This simple act makes the weekend general cleaning, as easy as ABCs. It is a lot easier to clean a decluttered home than a cluttered one.

    3. Consider Purchasing Smart Cleaning Devices

    Smart cleaning devices will pick up dirt and clean surfaces faster and easier than a human having to strain and bend to clean up, even though a human has to operate the smart devices. These include Microfibre cleaning cloths that pick up specks of dirt, thereby reducing the need for excessive scrubbing of a stain, and spray mops for some fast cleanup, which combines the mop and its cleaning solution, which only requires a little effort to clean up. The robot vacuum cleans up your floor while you are away at work, or busy with something around the house, which saves you time and energy.

    4. Combine Cleaning with fun activities

    The thought of cleaning leaves some people tense and scared. So, combining it with activities you enjoy, just might take the tension away, by creating a distraction which will hasten the dreaded cleaning tasks, as this maximises efficiency. For instance, while cleaning, you could exercise, count the repeated activities to know how much movement was put into the task, listen to your favourite music, make calls with people you love to speak with, and maybe just dance to that nice song.

    5. Spend Time Creating Better Cleaning Kits Online

    Better cleaning kits are manufactured on a daily basis, with people bringing out new and improved cleaning kits that have been adjusted to suit their daily lives and the different areas of their homes, for instance, those cleaning kits that can fit into the tiny part of your homes, where your fingers can’t get into, and have a cute caddy to keep cleaning kits away safely. This makes your work easier, and that reduces your cleaning time.

    6. Setting A 15- Minutes Timer To Rush Through Your Chores

    When you tell yourself that you can do your chores for 15 minutes, that will trick your brain into simplifying the task, and you immediately see it as an easy thing to get done and over with, in a short time. You can set a timer, to even further convince yourself that it is a simple task for a short time, and do as much as you can, within that time, making it a fun game, rather than a serious set of chores, and even burn some calories while making it fast.

    7. High-traffic areas Should Be Prioritised

    Whenever you don’t have a specific part of the house to clean at a specific time, you will likely end up not doing anything. It is only feasible when you have identified a specific place to clean at a specific time, which makes your job feasible because not every room in your house requires the same amount of attention at every point you attempt to clean because the high-traffic areas get messier faster than the other less used areas. So prioritise the areas to clean.

    8. Remember to Delegate Chores

    The saying that “everybody can do something that somebody should do”, can be put to good use, when a busy person hasn’t got enough time to handle chores, and luckily they don’t live alone, then do yourself a favour and don’t die in silence. People who hate to help out with anything, always use the excuse that ” they weren’t asked.” When you are overwhelmed, open up your mouth and delegate chores to the people in your household. Don’t assume that common sense will help them decipher when they should help. Not everyone has common sense, and you might pass out from exhaustion before they eventually come to our help. That being said, please help yourself, by delegating chores to other human beings who can be of assistance to you.

    9. Consider getting multipurpose and time-saving cleaning devices

    As earlier mentioned, new and improved cleaning products come out every day, because people use products, spot what could be improved upon, and then try to bring out products that have been improved upon. Always look out for cleaning products that are designed for efficiency, with multipurpose functionalities to eliminate the need for multiple products. For instance, the Hoover vacuum that now has a carpet-washing function is new and improved and has got everyone obsessed with it.

    10. Consider a Professional Cleaning Service team

    After checking how much mess you have successfully created throughout the week, bi-weekly, or month, and it looks too much for you to handle, then peacefully consider contacting the professional cleaning team to come save you. Cleaning lightly every time week is fine, but when you think it is time for some deep cleaning, then invite the “Experts” to come to tickle your home a little, giving you the time to focus on other things that equally need your attention, without being mentally exhausted from thinking about these chores.

    11. In With The New And Out With The Old Rule

    The fastest way to clutter will be to continually bring items into the home, without ever taking any out. When everything looks good, needed and functional to you, then there is a problem, because you will never bring yourself to follow the rule. So to prevent clutter from piling up, consider the in-and-out rule, which ensures that something leaves the house whenever a new thing comes in. This is especially important for those who live in small spaces, in tiny rooms or in expensive cities. Your goal will be to maintain your available and affordable space, this simple rule will ensure a clutter-free living space.

    12. Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself While At It

    Cleaning your home is not a competition unless it actually is. So, cleaning should be done in manageable bits and with the goal of achieving whatever you can, within the limited period you have. You are not aiming for perfection, but prioritising and bettering your space. So don’t be too hard on yourself while at it, but do your best.

    13. Always Appreciate The Result And Reward Yourself

    No matter how exhausted you are, always look back at your work in admiration, knowing the difference your cleaning has made. Secondly, no matter how small, always reward yourself with something you have. For instance, a cup of tea and cookies could be enjoyed in your clean space. Treat yourself to something little, that you can afford, because it is the little things that matter. This can make your brain happy and look to get to the end of the chores, making it less of a chore, and a fun game.

    Tidy Home: Time-Saving Cleaning Hacks For Busy Professionals

    Finally, having a clean home as a working person is completely possible when you follow the right steps, as listed above. Incorporating the provided set of cleaning hacks can allow you to balance your endless professional life demands, and maintain a clean home, as this will improve your mental and physical well-being to allow you to thrive in both aspects of your life.

    THE BEST ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS AND PRACTICES FOR A HEALTHIER HOME

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    Eco-friendly cleaning products and practices for a healthier home

    In our world of ever-growing environmentally conscious humans, the green concept is no longer just a movement for the highly placed individuals of our society, or for the knowledgeable group that preaches against the maltreatment of the environment. Regular people, 9-5 workers, businessmen and women, entrepreneurs, homeowners, parents, singles, introverts, extroverts, and young adults, are getting more and more interested in the well-being of our planet. Large companies now share their commitment to the environment with the world, as that translates to recognition, financial growth and longevity of a company. This post will take you on a journey to the important world of green cleaning, cleaning products and practices, and their benefits to humans, their dwelling spaces and the environment.

    Current Challenges With Conventional Cleaning Products

    The need to change conventional cleaning products exists because chemical content poses a problem to the users and the environment, and that includes toxins. These chemicals did in fact serve their purpose when in use, by cleaning up the dirt and grime, more like, they replaced the problem with their very own problem, which is a trail of harmful residues from the reaction of the chemicals that took out the dirt and grime initially. They are considered very reactive with just about anything on the surface of the earth, harming the environment, but firstly, its users. This has created the need to replace them with less harmful substances, which are now called the ECO-FRIENDLY cleaning products. Below are the specific impacts these chemicals have been confirmed to have on significant aspects of the environment.

    Eco-friendly cleaning products
    Eco-friendly cleaning products

    ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF CONVENTIONAL CLEANING PRODUCTS

    • POLLUTION OF WATERBODIES: When conventional cleaning products are used at homes, and washed down the drain, they find their water in water bodies like rivers, lakes, ponds, seas and oceans, polluting them by introducing phosphates which can be found in fertilizers, detergents and some cleaning agents, which will encourage the growth of microorganism like algae, bloom in the waterbodies, which depletes the oxygen level in the water, leading to harm.
    • POLLUTION OF AIR QUALITY: Many conventional cleaning products contain harmful substances referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which can be easily released into the atmosphere in the form of gases, which pollute the indoor air, causing a series of respiratory issues and allergies for the vulnerable group like the children and elderly adults with underlying health conditions.
    • MORE WASTE GENERATION: Conventional cleaning products are mostly packaged for single use. Meaning that they don’t often get reused, which is the major difference between eco-friendly and conventional waste products, as they collectively contribute to the ongoing plastic pollution on the planet.
    Eco-friendly cleaning products
    Eco-friendly cleaning products

    Health Impact of the Conventional Cleaning Products

    Long and short-term respiratory issues can result from breathing in VOCs constantly, showing symptoms like irritation, asthma attacks, shortness of breath, lung infection, hormonal disruptions and cancer. Skin rashes, corrosion, burns, allergies, and skin irritation can result from coming in contact with these cleaning products’ chemicals.

    QUALITIES OF ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS

    After careful comparison, some qualities of the eco-friendly cleaning products have made them a better option than conventional cleaning products, because they leave the users and the environment safe. These qualities include;

    Biodegradable Quality: Contrary to conventional cleaning products which react with the environment to produce harmful new substances, after they have been used, eco-friendly cleaning products break down/ decompose naturally after they have been used/ exposed to the environment, without harming the environment and users.

    Contain Plant-Based Ingredients: Eco-friendly cleaning products typically contain plant-based ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and citric acid, which are effective for the removal of dirt and grime, when compared to the chemicals of the typical cleaning agents, and this includes plant-based detergents.

    Contain Disinfecting Quality: Eco-friendly cleaning products also possess disinfectant, antifungal and antibacterial qualities, just like the chemical-filled cleaning products. The use of essential oils like; Lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus oils will play a good role in disinfecting target areas.

    Reusable Quality: Reusable clothes are now a good alternative to one-time-use wipes and paper towels. microfiber cloths and mop pads are a good way to reduce waste generation into the environment, but also save money for replacement.

    Eco-Friendly Practices that Make it a perfect fit for the earth

    We have considered the products that are safe for our planet, now we will now consider the practices that are equally safe for our environment.

    The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle possibilities

    The 3 ‘Rs’: The significant Rs have been a guiding light for a better operation toward a safer planet. It has been used in songs, environmental programs and even in projects, so much so that it has formed a foundation for all things environment for those who have had an interest long ago, and those who just picked interest in it.

    Implementing the Reduce, reuse, recycle concept has spread like wildfire to every aspect including products manufacturing, as well as usage, like in various cleaning routines, which preach on reducing waste to as low as reasonably practicable from manufacturing to usage, like a company indirectly controlling the amount of waste that can come from its products and services, which can include its packaging and bagging from point source, using biodegradable materials likes paper, rather than polyethene, reusing of cleaning materials like the microfibre cleaning materials, rather the wipes which are used one time, and thrown away, and lastly, recycling the wastes after products have been used. For example, the packaging can be recycled and used for something else whether through or not through the company.

    Eco-friendly cleaning products
    Eco-friendly cleaning products

    The DIY, Cost-effective and Eco-friendly qualities

    The safety of eco-friendly cleaning products includes the ease with which they can be made. The ingredients are so earth and human-friendly that they are acquired within. These cleaning products can be made by individuals who have to substitute, replace and even modify these safe ingredients to suit their preferences and allergies, using basic ingredients and readily available ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar, and baking soda, which are considered cost-effective and eco-friendly.

    The Benefits of Eco-friendly Cleaning

    Over the years, right from its point of existence, the undeniable benefits of transitioning from conventional to eco-friendly cleaning have been weighed and considered, which is why the concept has been pushed for implementation throughout various industries. The benefits will be separated into environmental (planet), health(people) and economics (profits).

    • 1. Environmental (planet) Benefits: The Eco-friendly cleaning products’ biodegradable tendencies have placed them at the top of the importance list. The fact they don’t leave behind chemicals that keep reacting with everything in the environment, makes it safe for the planet and people who live in it, meaning that they reduce the chemical exposure that the conventional ones bring, so they break down without harming anyone or anything.
    • Many eco-friendly cleaning products emit little to no carbons into the atmosphere, because they are manufactured using sustainable ingredients and processes, and their produced wastes can be recycled, with the non-recycled wastes being biodegradable to reduce the emission to the environment, preserving the business (by using sustainable ingredients for manufacturing), and environment (by not polluting the air, water and land).
    • 2. Health (People) Benefits: Eco-friendly cleaning products do not release harmful volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere, which automatically guarantees safer air quality, making it the best option for humans, especially those who suffer from allergies or respiratory issues. Producing these products also does not require harsh or corrosive chemicals, which do not corrode the skin or any body part they come in contact with, there reducing allergy levels.
    • Eco-friendly products do not degrade the quality of the environment, because they do not contain harmful substances that constantly react with the environment to produce endanger the environment. This simply leaves the home clean, and the user safe, provides non-toxic scents to improve the quality of the environment, and maintains health.
    • 3. Economic (Profit) Benefits: These Eco-friendly products are now being referred to as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) products because they are easily made in the convenience of your home, using readily available ingredients that can be found around the house. For this reason, they are considered more cost-effective, than their conventional counterparts. Secondly, having to use products like microfiber cloths, and mop sticks are more cost-effective than disposable and disinfecting wipes, because they save money from having to replace and refill.
    Eco-friendly cleaning products
    Eco-friendly cleaning products

    How to Switch to Eco-friendly Cleaning Products

    It is one thing to identify the harm a cleaning product or products bring to humans and the environment, it is another thing to find the right ones for you. In order not to be deceived or scammed by a brand and its eco-friendly claims, it is always best to know how to spot the right eco-friendly product. Some brands take advantage of the Pro-environment groups, knowing that their product is not in line with their claims, just so they can boost their purchase.

    Check product labels for third-party certifications to signify that they have had their products verified and meet health and environmental standards. Browsing up how to make these products on the internet, can also guide you in the right direction, helping you identify the products that are expected to be in the products, so when you smell or spot a strange addition, you will know.

    Brands take pride in explaining the reason their product should be chosen, so when you pay attention to the details of products, that will guide you towards the right purchase decision. There a significant information about these products on shopping sites like Amazon and Etsy, educate yourself, by reading product descriptions, lastly, stay tuned to this blog, and we go on an environmental protection journey while learning to clean our homes and the environment.

    Finally, the word “Green”, is no longer just a trend for a group of friends, it is a well-calculated choice which comes from a place of research and good analysis of the impacts of actions, in a bid to protect people, profit and the planet.

    When individuals, homes and organisations make the significant decision to contribute to a cleaner environment, for humans in existence and those yet to be born, it is not just a verbal commitment, but adopting eco-friendly cleaning products and practices might look like a small step, but collectively it produces a significant impact on the environmental consciousness of the world, like we ave now, and it begins with every homeowner, family, and organisation.