“For if someone does not know how to manage his or her own household, how will he care for God’s church?” 1 Timothy 3:5
Are you damaging God’s Creation with your use of cleaning materials?
The major concern is the chemicals which cleaning products contain. There are thousands of chemicals in common use and many have not been tested for safety, though the effects of many are known. They may pollute streams and rivers and may take a long time to degrade into harmless products. Some may not break down at all but may persist in the environment. These may enter the food chain, being eaten by aquatic creatures and perhaps eventually by us. When consumed or absorbed through the skin, they may have harmful effects, be toxic, cause cancer or cause birth defects.
Detergents are all now biodegradable, though some may break down quicker than others, but they often contain chemicals which may cause problems. Phosphates can upset the balance of nutrients in rivers and streams, while many products also contain enzymes, bleaches, brighteners and perfumes. People with sensitive skin or allergies may find these substances may aggravate their condition.
What to do?
One option is to look out for environmentally friendly products. They will tend to be a bit more expensive, but consider it your gift to the Earth and to your Grandkids future…
Another option is to create your own products. Here are a few ideas:
Green cleaning spray.
Make a water and white vinegar solution (it only cost a few cents) rather than shelling out for pricey antibacterial cleaners and soaps.. Combine 9 parts water with 1 part white vinegar into a spray bottle and get cleaning!
All purpose cleaner and deodorizer
Great for: Kitchen counters, appliances, and inside the refrigerator
Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with a litre of water.
Pour solution on a clean sponge and wipe.