4 Things To Consider When Choosing Green Products For Your Home

Whether at the grocery store, home TV shopping or thrift stores, there’s a wide variety of household products you can buy. However, not all these items promotes eco-friendly benefits. Most of the things available in the market are even hazardous not just to the health, but also to the environment.

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Chemical-Free

Although effective to use, household cleaning products nowadays are hazardous to your family’s health. Have you look through its contents when shopping for these products at the grocery? Well, if you haven’t noticed, most cleaning products available in the market today have not just one chemical component. These are very unsafe especially for kids. There are many cases reported where they have accidentally swallowed these toxic substances because it hasn’t been kept properly.

Here are the common health-risk cleaning agents you use at home:

Bleach- this is one of the oldest household cleaning product that has an ability to kill moulds and mildew. However, this contains Chlorine which is considered to be one of the harshest chemicals often use for cleaning purposes. It is an effective cleaning agent because it kills germs on contact, but it is dangerous when comes in contact to the skin. This chemical is often found on some laundry and dishwasher detergents.

Ammonia – found on grease to cleaning windows, this chemical has a harsh smell that brings a throbbing feeling to the nose when inhaled. An undiluted ammonia releases harmful fume that is bad for the respiratory system. This can also be highly irritating to the eyes.

Acidic cleaners – a toilet bowl cleaner is a type of cleaning agent that has a toxic acid element.  It releases poisonous gasses. This is also very harmful and deadly when it is swallowed.

Products with CFCs – aerosol cleaning solvents, air conditioners and refrigerators contain a harmful chemical called chlorofluorocarbons (CFC). In 2002, the use of this chemical is banned, although there are products still available in the market that contains this. It has a bad effect to the environment and can destroy the ozone layer.

Recyclable

Because of innovation, a lot of products you’ll see nowadays are made from recycled materials. There’s a variety of merchandises available not just in stores, but also online.

Products like Earthborn Paints provides clay paints that are odourless and VOC-free. Both environment and health friendly, it allow walls to “breathe” and will not give the painter headaches after painting the walls. If you’re building your house, you may use this cool eco-friendly windows by Green Building Store. They offer practical solutions such as windows, doors, ventilation materials, and water saving products to help you save water and energy. Their products also promises to reduce environmental impact of your house-building project.

There are other cool ways you can do to recycle. Instead of purchasing brand-new items, you’ll be able to save extra money if you know how turn trash to something useful and somewhat “fresh”. When buying for household items, make sure that it can be recycled. Plastic, cartons and papers are best to use and great for do-it-yourself projects.

Lessen Use of Heat

Green products should not use too much heat. This is one of the things you also need to consider. Instead of a regular and inexpensive appliances, why not invest your money for eco-friendly appliances? Though the price is higher, there are different benefits you can get from these:

Washing Machines – the regular type of washing machine creates too much heat that’s why your utility bill costs more. Eco-friendly washing machines can help you save money while helping the environment.

Dishwashers – this type of appliance is very useful because it lessens the hassle of cleaning. On the other hand, the disadvantage from this is it requires too much electricity to run and water to load. This will also need detergents to make sure it clean your dishes thoroughly. Getting the eco-friendly type can help cut down the cost on your utility bills, without compromising the capability to have clean dishes at home.

Dryers –too much energy consumption means you need to pay excessive amounts on your household bills. Because dryers consume too much power to produce heat, this is considered as one of the most uneconomical appliance.

Saves money

Going green is like hitting to birds in one stone. You’re saving money and at the same time, saving the environment. These days, environmental sustainability has become more than just a trend. It has also become a lifestyle to many people.

To help you with this, here are some ways you can do:

  • Instead of using chemically-contained cleaning products, you can make your own cleaning agents using natural ingredients you can find at home.  All you need are a simple ingredients like soap, vinegar, lemon, and baking soda. This can save you both time and money, plus safer because it’s toxic-free.
  • Contribute to clean air and save gas by riding a bicycle instead of driving your car.
  • If you still do not have money to invest for eco-friendly dryer, use a drying rack or clothesline as an alternative. This will help you save the energy and cuts down energy consumption.

Author’s box

Ian G. Elbanbuena is a blogger and infopreneur who writes on various topics mainly finance, self-improvement, business and marketing. At present he works on behalf of Compare Hero, the country’s leading comparison website. This portal helps individuals in saving money by comparing housing loans in Malaysia.

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