Making the Switch to Safe Cleaning Product

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Tuesday, April 21, 2015)

Safe cleaning products are sought by homemakers and home care professionals alike. Whether you’re thinking about the well-being of your own family or trying to address clients’ concerns, what you want are safe products that actually work. Thanks to the increasing interest in green cleaning solutions, there are a growing number of options on the market. However, some great safe cleaning options, such as vinegar, have been around for a long time. In choosing a non-toxic cleaning product, however, there is one other important consideration besides safety and effectiveness, and that’s whether the product is appropriate for shower glass, porcelain, tile, or whatever item you are cleaning. So even if you’re working with a natural cleaning agent, remember to make sure it is approved for the surface you are scrubbing.
Here are some natural alternatives for home cleaning projects.
Baking soda
Lemon juice
Sun and Earth products
Seventh Generation products
Simple Green products
Radiantly You products

Is it really worth taking the trouble to switch to safe cleaning products? For many the answer is “yes,” but the reasons vary from person to person. Here are some of the considerations that make safe cleaning products a priority for many families.
Risk of small children accessing and ingesting a toxic cleaning agent.
Environmental considerations.
Wish to make cleaning chores less time consuming by cutting down on the need for rinsing.
Sensitivity to the odors produced by many non-green cleaning products.

Some households may decide that, while green cleaners work well for many applications, chemically-based products are needed for certain jobs. In this case precautions can be taken like opening windows during use, rinsing thoroughly, and storing the products out of children’s reach.

A shower enclosure made from ShowerGuard glass is a great fixture to use for an example as we consider how to make the move toward safe cleaning products. A homeowner with a ShowerGuard glass enclosure has already made a smart choice since ShowerGuard glass is permanently resistant to corrosion and soap scum, which means it doesn’t need as much cleaning as typical glass. If a locale has soft or hard tap water, making the switch to a safe cleaning agent for the shower glass is a breeze. Simply choose a product from ShowerGuard’s list of approved natural cleaning agents - - which includes retail products like Seventh Generation Natural Glass &Surface Cleaner as well as the homemade standby, a 50/50 vinegar and water mixture. What if a home’s tap water is worse than hard, though? What if it is silica water? This is an example of a case in which a homeowner may decide to stick with a traditional cleaning agent. ShowerGuard recommends Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser for homeowners dealing with silica water. If this is what it takes to remove the spots, a homemaker could use the recommended product while switching to green cleaners for other parts of the bathroom.


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