Green Cleaning: Eco-Friendly Solutions for Healthier Indoor Air

Emphasising the role of cleaning products in indoor air quality, this article could introduce eco-friendly alternatives to conventional cleaning chemicals and offer tips for maintaining a clean and healthy home environment.

Revolutionising Cleanliness: The Rise of Green Cleaning

In a generation where environmental consciousness is becoming increasingly paramount, green cleaning has come up as a significant trend in both the household and commercial sectors. Green cleaning refers to the use of environmentally friendly products and methods to maintain cleanliness, reducing the harmful impacts on both human health and the planet as a whole. As more individuals and businesses adopt green cleaning tidying techniques, the benefits are becoming clear: improved indoor air quality, a healthier living and working environment. This article takes a look at the principles of green cleaning, its benefits and practical tips for incorporating green methodologies into everyday cleaning routines.

 

Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, the quality of the air you breathe can have a huge impact on your health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that indoor air can be anywhere from two to five times as polluted as outdoor air. Household air pollution is one of the world’s greatest environmental health risks, according to the World Health Organization. In fact, a 2012 WHO study found that complications from breathing dirty indoor air are responsible for 4.3 million premature deaths each year, mostly in developing countries like India, where billions of people burn coal or wood to fuel indoor cooking.

 

There are many reasons why your indoor air can be polluted. Some sources such as furnishings and building materials, can release pollutants more or less continuously, according to the EPA. Other sources like smoking, cleaning or renovating, release pollutants intermittently. And if you think spraying scented air freshener will clean your air, think again. That scent is also a form of indoor air pollution, and most air fresheners just release more harmful chemicals into your home. The health issues caused by such chemicals cost about Rs 34,000Cr a year in treatment because of loss in productivity of employees, according to a study published in The Lancet, a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal published in England.

Let's know about Aisha…….

The first rays of the sun filtered through the white curtains of Aisha's cosy apartment, casting a warm glow on her neatly arranged home. As her alarm buzzed, she stretched lazily and energised herself to begin her busy day.

 

Aisha Ahuja who had always prided herself on maintaining a flawless home. Every weekend, she would dedicate hours to scrubbing, dusting and polishing every nook and cranny of her home. Despite her best efforts, she often found herself sneezing, experiencing headaches, and feeling fatigued. It wasn’t until a conversation with her environmentally conscious friend, Maya that Aisha began to realise that her hunt for cleanliness might be doing more harm than good.

 

Maya, who had switched to green cleaning products many years ago, shared her experience. "Traditional cleaning products are filled with chemicals that can mingle up in the air and cause serious health issues," she described.” Switching to eco-friendly products can make a huge difference.

 

Confused & troubled, Aisha began her research on the impact of conventional cleaning products on indoor air quality. She discovered that many household cleaners contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as ammonia, chlorine and phthalates which can evaporate into the air and contribute to indoor air pollution. These chemicals are not only harmful to the environment but can also fuel respiratory problems, allergies and even have long-term health effects.

 

Pledged to create a healthier home environment, Aisha set forth on a journey to green cleaning. Here are some eco-friendly alternatives she discovered & applied for the best results:

Dynamic duo - Vinegar and Baking Soda

Aisha discovered that a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water could effectively clean her windows and mirrors, leaving them streak-free and sparkling. For tougher dirt, a paste of baking soda and water worked wonders on her oven and bathroom tiles.

A natural antibacterial product - Lemon Juice

Lemon juice became Aisha’s go-to for disinfecting surfaces. She used it to freshen up her cutting boards, countertops and even added a few drops to her laundry to give her clothes a fresh scent.

Plant based Castile Soap

A versatile Castile soap quickly replaced Aisha’s innumerable specialised cleaners. She used it as a floor cleaner, dish soap and even as a gentle hand wash. Mixed with water and a few drops of essential oil, it left her home smelling fresh without the use of synthetic fragrances.

Essential Oils

Speaking of essential oils, these became a staple in Aisha’s cleaning routine as combining a few drops of essential oils with a spray bottle of water is an easy way to make an effective and entirely natural cleaning spray for removing dirt on furniture or any other hard substance and even used for laundry. Oils such as tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus not only added pleasant scents but also worked as natural antiseptic product.

Microfiber Clothes

Aisha invested in microfiber clothes in order to cut down on waste. These reusable clothes are highly effective at trapping dust and dirt without the need for chemical sprays. They could be reused, reducing her dependency on disposable cleaning wipes.

Tips for Maintaining a Clean and Healthy Home Environment

Inspired by her newfound discoveries, Aisha also adopted several ways to maintain a cleaner and healthier indoor environment:

  • Aisha made it a habit to open her windows daily, allowing fresh clean air to circulate and dilute any indoor pollutants.
  • She introduced a variety of houseplants like Peace Lily and Aloe vera well known for their air purifying properties to absorb toxins and improve the air quality in her home.
  • To prevent dust from becoming airborne, she started dusting surfaces with a damp cloth, which trapped particles more effectively.
  • She applied a no-shoes policy in her home to minimize the amount of dirt and pollutants tracked in from outside.
  • One of the innovative solutions, she can apply is the use of air purifiers, preferably Airth air purifiers, which stands out as one of the most useful eco-friendly solutions specifically designed to promote healthier living environment while minimizing environmental issues. Using advanced filtration technology, this air purifier effectively removes pollutants and harmful particles from the air, ensuring cleaner and safer indoor air quality. The Airth AC air purifiers easily fits on the existing AC units in homes, do not require electricity, is cost efficient and moreover, use germ-destroying filters coated with green tea extracts. Users can easily enjoy a healthier lifestyle and contribute to a more sustainable planet.


Over a period of time, Aisha noticed significant improvements in her well-being, and she felt more energetic. Moreover, she took pride in knowing that her efforts were contributing to a healthier planet.

 

Green cleaning not only improved the indoor air quality in Aisha’s home but also implied a sense of mindfulness about the products she used and their impact on her and her loved one’s health and the environment. As she shared her journey with friends and family, Aisha vowed to set an example for others to make the switch to eco-friendly cleaning solutions, creating a ripple effect of healthier, greener homes.

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