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How much do you know about housekeeping and cleaning products?

Up until the 1930’s and housekeeping and cleaning products still remained pretty simple. Homemakers continued to make their own cleaner agents and stain removers from everyday ingredients – baking soda, white vinegar, salt and lemon juice.

In the aftermath of the Second World War

After the Second World War, chemicals developed for warfare found their way into cleaning products as well as other products. Adverts targeted at housekeeping and cleaning products promised to get clothes “whiter than white”, make “countertops “cleaner than clean” and bring “sparkle” to the toilet bowl.

Most people weren’t aware of it at the time but houses were filling up with fumes from paints, stains, cleaners and other human-made materials. We started to become a disposable society as marketers encouraged us to buy “new and improved” products at every opportunity.  As a consequence, landfills started to burgeon and burst long before environmental safeguards were put in place.

Sick Building Syndrome

By the 1970s, the term “sick buildings” had become part of the lexicon. It described places where people reported and unusually high instance of symptoms like lethargy, fatigue, headaches and nausea due to indoor air pollution. Poor design, bad ventilation and a plethora of synthetic chemicals emanating furnishings, building materials and cleaning chemicals. Housekeeping and cleaning products started to pose a dangerous mix.

Today, we are far more likely to breathe unhealthy substances inside our homes than outside. A Harvard University released in 1986 revealed that pollution inside the typical American home was two to five times worse than the air outdoors. Homes have been insulated and weather protected to the point where houses can no longer breathe. Cleaning products contributed to unsafe toxins hanging around inside our homes for days, creating a synthetic brew for us to inhale.

Housekeeping and cleaning products – do we rely too much on chemicals?

We’ve become dependant on chemical cleaners to the point that whenever we have a housekeeping problem we often reach for a commercial product conceived in a laboratory. These containing a brew of harsh chemicals designed to get the job done quickly but almost never gently or even safely.

Housekeeping and cleaning products go hand in hand. The likelihood is that you’re currently using chemical cleaners in your home. Green cleaning products are becoming more widely available and perform equally as good (sometimes even better than) standard cleaning products. But they don’t get the same exposure. Isn’t it about time that you started adopting a green cleaning regime…?

If you’d like to have a chat about housekeeping at your home, why not contact ProClean Team on 020 742 1808  and talk to one of our team today!

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