Earth Friendly Cleaning Products - Clean Enough?

Some people worry that using earth friendly cleaning products will result in a house that is 'less clean' than with a liberal application of bleach. That can be true depending on the method you choose - but less clean does not mean less healthy.

I just read the most wonderful house cleaning article in the May issue of Women's World (yes, I am behind in my reading!). In a small spread intended to reassure Moms that they are really doing OK - even if they don't feel like it, Shannon Hunt broached a question that often brings fear to women's hearts - Is my house neat and clean enough? Here was her insightful answer, with which I heartily agree...

"A messy house is a healthier environment than a squeeky clean one! Being exposed to a little dust (and dirt) at home strengthens immunity - which is why kids who grow up in super-clean homes are more prone to allergies, asthma and other illnesses than those raised in less tidy homes. And don't feel guilty for not making your bed. Dust mites need moisture and enclosed spaces."

And this doesn't even touch on mounting evidence that exposure to the fumes of many chemical house cleaning products also contributes to health problems.

It's hard to overcome the power of advertising (and the committee in our heads) - but remember that they are trying to sell you their expensive chemicals, and that they do it by making you afraid. Refuse to be controlled by fear - emotions are not good decision-makers. Instead - make conscious choices based on the facts - a little dirt is good for you, strong chemicals can hurt you.

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