The dirty facts first: More than 400 million tons of plastic are produced every year—most of it for beverages and packaging for food or cleaning products. Of course, the invention of plastic packaging was an absolute breakthrough. Liquids and sensitive goods could be packed hygienically and safely; the material is light and inexpensive. The big catch: plastic is not biodegradable, and only a small amount can be reused or recycled. Our oceans are full of it. Animals mistake the sometimes microscopic particles for food, are poisoned, suffocate from it, and our seafood now contains a considerable amount of microplastics.
What hardly anyone knows: More than ninety per cent of the waste sinks to the seafloor! We don’t see it, but it does huge damage by destroying our ecosystem year after year. Fortunately, we are waking up so slowly and trying to shop more sustainably and reuse things. Plastic bags are now a no-go. There are more and more shops and companies making this green way of life easier. This also includes us at Journey To Health because we are convinced that every one of them can move a lot, even if you only change small everyday habits. We have also been offering ecological and sustainable cleaning agents, which are dissolved as tabs in reusable spray bottles and thus replace a whole range of conventional cleaning agents. At first, we were sceptical because we too have children and pets, and we know that heavy artillery often has to be deployed when it is filthy. In the meantime, these alternatives, of which we have more and more on offer, are really effective and can easily compete with the commercially available chemical clubs.
Why should you switch to ecological cleaning agents?
A huge mistake is that some people now have a whole cupboard full of various cleaning agents. Something for the windows, for the toilet, for fittings, for the sink and bathtub, with abrasive particles, extra alcohol for shine, something against limescale stains, for cleaning real wood floors, parquet, tiles or vinyl. And you also need detergent for clothes and washing-up liquid for the dishes. Nobody can see through that anymore!
A look at the ingredients reveals that some of the products are highly hazardous to health. It is warned of skin and eye irritation, and it is best not to have children around when it is a cleaning day. Would you have thought that some housewives damage their lungs more than a smoker? Shock studies have shown that the fine particles in the cleaning spray destroy the lung tissue. A heavy load from the cleaning agents corresponds to about 20 cigarettes per day. And it’s not just the lungs that suffer.
Since our hands are usually damp when cleaning, harmful substances can penetrate unhindered through the thin skin barrier. Solvents or preservatives can cause inflammation and eczema. Sure, there are home remedies such as baking soda, vinegar or citric acid to achieve a lot. But none of this is practical. Who would want to mix a mixture with every stain?
Experts say: the more special a cleaning agent is, the more dangerous it is. Of And it’s not just the lungs that suffer. Since our hands are usually wet when cleaning, harmful substances can penetrate unhindered through the thin skin barrier. Solvents or preservatives can cause inflammation and eczema. Sure, there are home remedies such as baking soda, vinegar or citric acid to achieve a lot. But none of this is practical. Who would want to mix a mixture with every stain?
You usually only need three different ecological cleaning agents to get everything perfectly clean in the whole house or apartment. This not only saves money but also incredibly space-saving.
What are ecological cleaning agents?
The focus here is on sustainability, i.e. avoiding plastic waste. The brilliant idea: a small cleaning agent tab is enough, which, when dissolved in water, makes an extremely economical cleaner. To start, you need one or, depending on the brand, two or three different spray bottles (500-750 ml) that can be refilled over and over again. These are made from recycled plastic. Some companies also offer glass bottles. The resulting mixtures are free of phosphates and solvents, and no disinfecting or bleaching substances are used, as is microplastic. Dyes, fragrances and preservatives are only available in minimal amounts, if at all. They are all biodegradable, so they do not cause any damage to the groundwater. It’s also crazy that conventional cleaning agents consist of 90 per cent water. A raw material that everyone has at home and that is driven around the world. Trucks loaded with water – crazy for the CO2 balance. One more point convinced us: If aggressive ingredients are missing, it is clear that this is good for us and floors, fittings, and objects. Solvents, for example, make furniture, floorboards or natural stone dull and more susceptible to dirt.