The Real Dirt on Cleaning

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According to Leslie Reichert, The Green Cleaning Coach, most people today have learned to clean from watching commercials. Clearly, packaged goods companies have ulterior motives – they are trying to sell you things, so they aren’t necessarily the best source for cleaning solutions.  The folks at e-cloth are also trying to sell you something (full disclosure – what a shock), but they offer a safe, effective, and reusable solution to the most common household cleaning challenges. Here are some of the ways that switching to using an e-cloth can make your home cleaner, your family safer, and your bank account richer.

  1. In the United States, we love our paper towels. Consider the enormous impact of 10902 - 4 General Purpose Cloths.jpgusing paper towels from not only an environmental standpoint, but an economic one as well. We did a study a few years back and found that families spend somewhere around $110 per year on paper towels. That’s $660 over 6 years – the lifespan of one e-cloth. Now, let me throw this out there: our General Purpose Cloth 4 pk is $19.99…over the span of 6 years. That’s a savings of $640.01!! Who wouldn’t want to save that much?
  2. Another such cleaning must-have are those chemical sprays. If you know e-cloth and have seen our research, you know that these are no good! But beyond the terrifying implications of the chemicals themselves, they leave greasy residues on your home’s surfaces that actually attract more dirt requiring even more cleaning.
  3. If you use the wrong dusting tools, you may actually be kicking up more dust into the air than you’re cleaning. Make sure you’re using a dusting cloth that is electro-statically charged to collect and trap in dust until rinsed or washed. (Like the e-cloth High Performance Dusting Glove – now available at local Ace Hardware stores.) Additionally, dusting ‘incorrectly’ will cause you to make more work for yourself. Start at the top of the room and work in a clockwise direction down the room so if any dust does fall, you eventually pick it up.
  4. Air fresheners are designed to give your home that fresh, clean smell. While that may, in fact, be the case, they also contain phthalates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and other dangerous compounds that are known to be harmful and carcinogenic.
    “According to Anne Steinemann, Ph.D., a professor of civil engineering at the University of Melbourne who has studied extensively the health impacts of fragranced household products, one-quarter of the ingredients in air fresheners are classified as toxic or hazardous. “Ultimately your risk depends on exposure,” she says. “You don’t have to have symptoms. Just because it doesn’t kill you, it doesn’t mean it’s not harming you. Some effects are not immediately obvious.” –

  5. This also includes those immediately recognizable scents in cleaning products that make our homes smell ‘clean’. They are actually doing more harm than good.  We know that indoor air quality is often 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air and much of that can be attributed to the ingredients in household cleaning products.

In what ways have you switched to safer cleaning? If you haven’t yet, do you now plan to? We’d love to hear from you in the Comments section!

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