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What is Chemical Free House Cleaning?

November 21, 2018

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 clean house. However, as many house cleaning Chicago know, clean houses smell like nothing, and those artificial clean scents are added to cleaning solutions through the use of potentially harmful chemicals.

In fact, there are so many chemicals in almost everything that is used to clean a house – from the disinfectant sprays to the sponges that come pre-soaked in cleaning fluids and the pre-moistened disinfectant wipes – that it seems almost impossible to clean 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 clean a house without chemicals, 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 cleaners throughout the house, spraying them on multiple surfaces and wiping them off, that there is immediate reaction between the cleaner and the dirt. The cleaners are designed to loosen the attachment of the dirt from the surface through chemical reactions.  Chemical reactions often result in by-products in the form of a chemical layer on the surface and/or a gas that is emitted into the air.  In order for these chemical 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 cleaning chemicals to get into your body. You can breathe them in, for example, when you spray the cleaning 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 cleaning 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 cleaning solutions once they have been applied to your counter top. Lastly, cleaning solutions can end up on your skin and cause a number of problems, including rashes and burns. This is why it is important to use green cleaning methods whenever possible.

Green cleaning, also known as environmentally friendly cleaning, uses the same exact process and 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 green cleaning does not add to your body burden the way that chemical cleaning methods do. In green cleaning, 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 chemical reactions that occur, chemical free cleaning is 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 clean a home. One uses a special kind of nano crystals that are designed to kill bacteria and other harmful organisms. The other does not use these nano crystals, 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 clean 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 cleaning 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 home cleaning is the future, mostly due to the fact that it is cleaner, 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 cleaner, you cannot get a device like this that cleans your counter tops – yet. And 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.

When you go about searching for the best home cleaning service for your needs, make sure to ask if they offer chemical free home cleanings. This should one of the many factors that you use when deciding which apartment cleaning service Chicago to go with. After all, this is the difference between having your family exposed to harmful cleaning chemicals on a regular basis and having a clean home minus all of the potential hazards. Which matters more to you?