Take a GREEN Step Today
Itʼs the buzz, green is better, go green. But where to start? Isnʼt there greenwashing,
and what is all natural anyway? With spring in the air, its the perfect time think green.
There are many options out there and just a quick comb of Google you and I can come
across many articles with varying opinions and options and easily become
overwhelmed. My goal is that this post will be a little ray of light, a bringing together of
some facts and a little less twaddle and opinions to help you sort out some of myths of
chemicals and cleaning and be able to start making some healthy cleaning options.
For me going green with my cleaning products was a no-brainer with 3 small children in
the house and my education background in Environmental Studies and Sociology. But I
know that itʼs not a no-brainer for everyone even with the abundance of information on
Pinterest and many like minded friends sharing on Facebook. It is however, easy to ﬁnd
out how to make some of your own natural cleaners, there are essential oils galore, and
many companies jumping on the chemical free band wagon. With the abundance of
information it can be hard to sort out which direction to turn. And then the WHY and
how you can know what is really good for you? Does it even matter, what difference
does it make, I just want my house clean…and better yet, I might as well let someone
else do it. I hope to share a few reasons with you for going green, cleaning your own
house (or requiring your house cleaner to use green products) and a few simple options
that will help you make the switch and rid your home of common chemicals that cause
common issues for lots of folks.
Frost House Reasons for Going Green (these are my priorities, yours may be different):
1. Indoor Air Quality: Cleaning is not just a windows open sport. You should be able to
clean your home year round and not have to worry about breathing in chemicals.
Remember clean doesnʼt have to smell like lemons and if it does, it should be
because you cut one up and put it in your water! WebMD has an article about what
affects our Indoor Air Quality and what you can do about it http://www.webmd.com/
2. Train Your Children: I want my children to know that they can contribute to our family
and cleaning is not just some dreaded job for mommy to do with gloves on, windows
open and a headache when all is said and done. Cleaning is a glorious thing and a
clean home is relaxing.
3.Economics: It doesnʼt have to be expensive, there are products you can make
yourself or there are high-quality products with great warranties like Norwex
microﬁber that will last you and save you from even going down the chemical/
cleaning aisle at the grocery store. The more you stay to the outside perimeters of
the stores, the less you buy, the less you spend and the cleaner you eat and breathe!
Common Questions: ʻ
*How can I require my house cleaner to use green products?
-Iʼve heard of cleaners requiring their customers to buy certain products, so why canʼt
the customer demand the cleaner to use certain products. Interview around and youʼll
ﬁnd someone who has done their homework on the beneﬁts of non-chemical cleaners,
they and their customers are happier. Check out this newscast about a green company
in California. http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?id=9405563
*But donʼt I have to use bleach when the really nasty stuff comes in to my home?
-Is the virus you are ﬁghting worse than the chemical issues you will be contending
with? This warning for using bleach is from the Department of Health: “Bleach is a strong
and effective disinfectant. Its active ingredient, sodium hypochlorite, denatures protein in
micro-organisms and is therefore effective in killing bacteria, fungus and viruses. Household
bleach works quickly and is widely available at a low cost. Diluted household bleach is thus
recommended for the disinfection of facilities.
As bleach irritates mucous membranes, the skin and the airway, decomposes under heat or
light and reacts readily with other chemicals, caution should be exercised in the use of it.
Improper use of bleach may reduce its effectiveness in disinfection and also lead to
accidents which can be harmful to health. Overuse of bleach or using a bleach solution that
is too concentrated results in the production of toxic substances that pollute the
environment and disturb ecological balance.”
Children are not to be present when spraying bleach solutions in a room. Also another
article from human health services in California states, “All disinfectants and sanitizers,
by design, are potentially toxic. Young children are more vulnerable to toxins, they
breathe in more per pound and have more hand to mouth contact.” There is much
research that shows how quickly our skin, our largest organ absorbs chemicals, so you
choose. The safety precautions, proper mixing and even PRE-cleaning before bleaching
anything for effective disinfecting is time consuming and at times dangerous. (DID you
know that you must pre-clean a surface with organic matter on it before bleaching?)
Also check out this independent news source coverage of a simple Norwex cloth and
water and removing even e.coli from a surface (Norwex does not test their cloths up
against e.coli but rather they are called antibac cloths because of the microsilver
embedded in the cloth that goes to work against, bacteria, mold and mildew)
*Iʼve tried green products and they just donʼt work well.
- Youʼve been using the wrong products or using good products wrong (no seriously).
Stop and read the labels, especially if you have bleach products in your home. Think
about the residue you are leaving behind. Streaky ﬂoors? You are leaving residue
behind from the promised spray and clean products. Sticky feeling countertops?
Showers that never stay clean? All Chemical Residue that children, pets, and your
food are generally soaking up as you leave it behind from “cleaning”.
So what works? I know many people might think, well of course someone who sells
Norwex is going to tell you that you need to use Norwex….and well yes Iʼm going to
recommend that as well. But I also know that there are other great options out there.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a great checklist for a place to start
even mention that getting some microﬁber cloths in their laundry and cleaning closet
section is a great way to green clean. Some other good options are Mrs. Meyerʼs,
Seventh Generation, etc. Also if you noticed in the WebMD article listed above they
mention the use of microﬁber mops to pick up the toxic dust particles on your ﬂoor.
Norwex has one of those and offers package deals. I donʼt want to go on and on here
about what product to use where, that is when you need look up your own local Norwex
consultant at http://www.norwex.com and have them come show you how you can switch
your home over to chemical free products and learn to effectively clean your home with
just water and a cloth! Or you can experiment yourself and just order directly from a
consultantʼs website http://www.jenniferfrost.norwex.biz As a teaser, just know that Norwex
offers 3 microﬁber products that can rid your home of the most common chemicals and
even green cleaners which will save you money over time if you invest in 3 simple
cloths that have a 2 year warranty. No more spray cleaners for at least 2 years, are you
willing to take the challenge?
Also if you are ready to clean out from under your sink or closet and get rid of all the
chemicals make sure that you look up a local disposal center to get rid of them safely,
not just throw them in the trash where they will end up leaking in to the water supply.
Disclaimer: You need to know that Iʼm not a bio-chemist or any other scientist, but I am
an experimenter and over the last 10 years Iʼve tried many things, both for health
reasons and for economic reasons. When 6 months ago I was introduced to Norwex, a
company whoʼs mission is to radically reduce the use of chemicals in your home and
personal care products. I tried their products, fell in love and Iʼm now a consultant. Iʼm
not a consultant to just make money, Iʼm a mom on a mission, of 3 under 5, with an
environmental background and a passion for sharing things that make our lives
simpliﬁed, fuller and healthier. I know what works in my own home and have spent the
last 6 months educating others how to clean their homes effectively. Iʼve been blessed
with numerous testimonies of people having health transformations and being able to
clean their bathrooms without becoming sick with migraines and nauseousness. Iʼve
seen itchy inﬂamed skin be calmed by switching products. Everyone can make one
small change, its hard to make big changes all at once, but if youʼre ready, weʼd be
happy to help you start your journey. http://www.resourcedhome.blogspot.com