"Green cleaning" is certainly not a new trend. Companies have been rolling out greener version of their products for a few years now, and a huge segment of the blogosphere and Pinterest are comprised of green cleaning DIYs and why making the switch from traditional cleaners to more environmentally friendly options is worth the hassle.
At ZEROREZ®, we pride ourselves on developing and using cleaning methods that are safe and effective for cleaning your home without using unnecessary harsh chemicals. We wanted to share with you some tips for green cleaning your home, as well as what you can do for the bigger cleaning projects like your home or office carpets!
What makes a cleaner "green?"
Traditional cleaners contain a long list of chemicals and additives that are touted as "powerful" and "effective" ways to clean even your home's toughest stain, but at what cost? Ingredients like ammonia, phthalates, triclosan, and 2-butoxyethanol are all common components of household cleaners, yet all come with their own list of potentially harmful side effects. (Check out this article on these and other toxins hiding in your household cleaners.)
Green cleaners kick these chemicals to the curb and utilize more natural ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, and other things commonly found in your home. These greener options for cleaning your home often perform as well as, if not better than, their traditional cleaner counterparts, and you will immediately notice a lack of stifling odors and sometimes harsh skin irritation.
How to green up your cleaning routine
If you want to start using safer, greener products to keep your home clean, there are many readily available options at most stores. A major benefit of green cleaning, however, is that you can also make your own cleaners, sometimes for a fraction of the cost! Pinterest is a great place to start if you're interested in making your own replacements for things like window cleaner, dryer sheets and laundry detergent, floor cleaner, and much more. You don't have to make a major overhaul all at once. You can gradually replace your old cleaning products with greener versions, and while making the switches, test out which products are working for you. There may be some things, like bleach products, that you find you just can't replace, which is fine. The goal is to create the cleanest and healthiest environment in your home or office, which may mean the occasional use of traditional cleaners to meet your cleanliness standards.
Green options for bigger projects
Replacing your favorite kitchen counter cleaner or laundry detergent may seem like a feasible step toward greener cleaning, but what about bigger cleaning tasks like carpet and air duct cleaning? That's where we can help! At ZEROREZ®, our carpet cleaning process is designed to be as green as possible. Our team members use a non-toxic, food-grade enzyme that destroys unpleasant smells in your carpets instead of just hiding them. Then, we clean the area with our Powered Water® solution, which leaves behind zero residue®—meaning your carpet and upholstery stay cleaner, longer.
Your home or office air ducts are a major hub for a stash of toxins, pollutants, and allergens. All of these irritants contribute to poor air quality and increased respiratory issues, which is why asthma is on such a rise. Using traditional cleaning products just adds to all this! ZEROREZ® technicians thoroughly and safely inspect and clean air duct systems, then use a botanically-derived cleaner and spray it through the entire system and home. This will eliminate bacteria, germs, and viruses while releasing ZERO toxins into the home.
There's no better time to go green with your home or office cleaning routines. Contact us today for more information about our safer cleaning services!