And Green Dorm
Most cleaning products (dishwashing, laundry, all purpose, glass and surface, tub and tile, toilet bowl, floor, bleach, ect.), contain chemicals that are extremely harmful to your health and the environment, unless deemed biodegradable and non-toxic. Small vapor particles from these cleaning products can escape into the air and be ingested through breathing or can remain on surfaces which are then touched, eaten off of, worn, sat on, or something of the sort. And once these cleaners go down the drain or into the trash they can end up polluting our land and waterways. The best way to prevent this from occurring is by purchasing non-toxic and biodegradable cleaners which can be found at supermarkets like Henrys, Trader joes, Whole Foods, Vons,.. (constantly updating this list) and they are no more expensive then the harmful stuff.
And The Environment!
Personal cleaning products like shampoos, conditioners, and body washes, as we all know from experience, make there way down the drain after a most enjoyable shower or bath. However, we rarely take the time to think about what happens next. More often then not, at least in our country, this soapy water makes its way to a waste water treatment plant where it is treated and then released into the natural environment (usually the ocean for people who live near the coast and underground for people who are land locked). However, even after being treated, this waste water is never as clean as it was prior to that great shower or bath, and this can have negative implications for nearby ecosystems and underground freshwater aquifers. But don’t get down on yourself because there are simple things we can do to help. (and no it doesn’t involve not using soap). The most simple and basic thing to do is buy personal hygiene products that are labeled ‘biodegradable’. They still smell wonderful and will get you squeaky clean.