Up until the 1930’s and housekeeping and cleaning solutions 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.
After the Second World War, chemicals developed for warfare found their way into cleaning products, building materials, cosmetics, pesticides and hundreds of 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.
Though most people weren’t aware of it at the time, 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.
By the 1970s, the term “sick buildings” had become part of the lexicon and described places where people reported and unusually high instance of symptoms like lethargy, fatigue, headaches and nausea, all due to indoor air pollution. This was a result of poor design, bad ventilation and a plethora of synthetic chemicals emanating from the furnishing, 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 five-year study carried out by scientists at 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. Housekeeping and cleaning products contributed to unsafe chemicals hanging around inside homes for days, creating a synthetic brew for us to inhale.
We’ve become dependant on chemical cleaners to the point that whenever we have a housekeeping problem, whether a coffee stain or hold and mildew or a dirty kitchen floor, we often reach for a commercial product conceited in a laboratory 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 and the likelihood is that you’re currently using chemical cleaners in your home. Although green cleaning products are now becoming more widely available and perform equally as good as (and sometimes better than) standard cleaning products, 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!