What is Chemical Free House Cleaning?
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Many of the most popular cleaning solutions contain a number of different chemicals. For example, some contain phthalates, as they cause the solutions to bubble and form a lather, which people associate with cleanliness. The same is true for the scents of certain products – over time the public has become accustomed to the scent of lemons or oranges being the same as that of a disinfected house. However, as many Evanston maid services know, clean houses smell like nothing, and those artificial clean scents are added to solutions through the use of potentially harmful chemicals.
In fact, there are so many chemicals in almost everything that is used to disinfect a house, from the disinfectant sprays to the sponges that come pre-soaked in fluids and the pre-moistened disinfectant wipes – that it seems almost impossible to sanitize a home without the chemicals adding to the “body burden” of them that you have already been exposed to. However, it is entirely possible to disinfect a house without them, as long as you understand the science behind them.
For centuries, cleaning has been based on chemistry. Many people do not know that when you spread conventional products throughout the house, spraying them on multiple surfaces and wiping them off, that there is immediate reaction between the cleaner and the dirt. The products are designed to loosen the attachment of the dirt from the surface through chemical reactions. These reactions often result in by-products in the form of a layer on the surface and/or a gas that is emitted into the air. In order for these reactions to form, the chemicals need to be within the cleaning solutions themselves. In many cases, they are there to speed up or enhance the performance of the product, making it clean faster or better – although it is harming you in the process.
There are four different ways for chemicals to get into your body. You can breathe them in, for example, when you spray the solution onto a surface and accidentally inhale a few particles of it. They can also be injected into your body, like when you have a cut on one of your fingers and you touch solution with that part of your hand. You could also accidentally ingest them by eating food that was sliced or prepared on a contaminated surface (which is why you need to thoroughly rinse away all solutions once they have been applied to your counter top. Lastly, they can end up on your skin and cause a number of problems, including rashes and burns.
Green cleaning, also known as environmentally friendly cleaning, uses the same exact process as chemical cleaning. However, the only difference is that the chemicals, as we understood so far, have no harsh impact on humans. You still need to be careful around them, but so far studies have shown that they do not add to your body burden the way that chemical methods do. In green products, the chemical reactions are still happening every time that we spread the cleaner on a surface, but are not creating by-products by leaving a chemical layer on the surface or emitting gas in the air like their harmful counterparts.
Rather, despite the reactions that occur, chemical free methods are not based on chemistry at all. Instead, it is based on physics. In particular, it is based on the physical principles surrounding steaming (wherein water is heated up) and specially engineered water. The way in which each of these principles works is quite different than that of the chemically-laden processes.
There are two different types of steaming systems that can be used to sanitize a home. One uses a special kind of nanocrystals that are designed to kill bacteria and other harmful organisms. The other does not use these nanocrystals, but is just as effective. In either case, the steaming process, in which water is heated up past its boiling point until it turns into steam. This is enough to remove many of the pathogens and layers of dirt from your home, and is the reason as to why rug and carpet steam cleaners are so effective. The heat breaks down the “bad things” and makes them easier to wipe up. No chemicals are needed for this process to be effective – all that you need is water and a steam cleaning device.
The other kind of chemical free method utilizes DI, or deionized, water. This is a special kind of water that has been filtered through a high tech filtration process. All of the minerals and other impurities have been removed through the water through the electrical filtering process, leaving the water “hungry.” This hungry water eliminates any dirt and germs that it encounters, without needing any chemical solutions or helpers. Just the water itself is enough to clean your home.
As you can see, there are many reasons as to why chemical free is the future, mostly due to the fact that it is healthier and safer. The problem lies in the fact that many people do not know about these methods. They are new, and are still in the proprietary stages. While you might be able to rent a steam carpet machine, you cannot get a device like this that cleans your countertops. Deionized water works well, but how can you get some for your home? You cannot. But what you can do is hire a maid service in Evanston that uses these methods. Also, check out our guide to hiring a sandwich generation cleaning service here