Cleaning supplies that kills

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Cleaning supplies that kills

Some of the most recognized cleaning supplies on the market is actual the most dangerous to our environment, containing things like nitrogen, phosphates and ammonia which highly contaminates our waterways. This is often goes unrecognized, but is a highly important topic to be aware of since this is what our planet is made up of. With the majority of dishwasher detergents being a whole forty percent phosphorous the desire to find new ways of making these cleaning supplies in a more eco-friendly way.
Saving the animals:
            If this isn’t enough for you to be driven to change your ways of cleaning it even has been found to be a cause in cancer among wildlife at West Virginia State University. The affects of things like chlorine can be traced back to their food supply that becomes contaminated by the waste of these cleaning products. This may sound like some farfetched idea; however in 2002 a stream water sample by a U.S. Geological Survey found sixty-nine percent of these waterways had traces of disinfectants. Even the phosphates discussed earlier effect this fishy friends by creating an overgrowth of algae causing lack of oxygen supply in the water, in turn killing fish and other organisms.

What to Use instead:
            To not make this nasty footprint in our environment there are certain factors you should look out for when buying your next set of cleaning supplies. The first (1) is that if there is a warning or caution label on the product this means the product contains toxic chemicals and thus should avoid using. Other words that fall under this red flag context are “flammable”, “may cause skin irritation”, “vapors harmful” and “may cause burns on contact”.
            2. The next thing to think about when buying your cleaning products is how they gauge their ecological claims. The simple idea to this is the less vague the better, words like “eco-friendly” are less meaningful than “plant based” or “no solvents.”
            3. If the product lists ingredients look for plant-based rather than petroleum-based ingredients.
`           4. Buy in bulk. The less waste in packaging form the better. Another side to this point is to buy concentrates so you’re able to dilute it at home. This requires less waste in the form of packaging as well as less fuel for shipping.
            5. Avoid active ingredients of chlorine and ammonia. This should be marked as hazardous because of its ability to cause skin irritation and respiratory problems if mixed together.

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