Today marks the 40th annual Earth Day celebration. Started in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Earth Day is still bringing awareness to pressing environmental issues around the globe and helping people discover new ways to lead environmentally friendly lives. This Earth Day, consider greening your cleaning routine to improve your indoor air quality, boost your family’s health, and protect the Earth.
Indoor air quality is one opportunity for sustaining our planet that is often overlooked. We are all aware of the damaging effects that pollution can have on outdoor air, but did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consistently ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health?
The EPA reports that indoor air can often be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air — and occasionally 100 times more polluted! This is significant considering that the average American spends up to 90 percent of his or her time indoors. Not to mention that some of the very items that people use to keep their indoor environment clean are actually contributing to elevated indoor and outdoor pollution levels. By taking steps to reduce harmful chemicals in your indoor environment, your indoor air quality will improve and so will your family’s health.
A great way to kick off your green cleaning routine is by investing in a steam cleaning system, such as the Ladybug XLT 2300. This vapor steam cleaner is a great way to get your home sparkling clean without the use of chemicals. In fact, all you need is ordinary tap water. The commercial-grade boiler on this Ladybug steam cleaner transforms the tap water into hot, powerful steam that removes dirt and disinfects surfaces — without leaving behind harmful, sticky residues. The XLT 2300 also comes with a complete accessory package that includes everything from a traditional hardwood cleaning accessory to an upholstery cleaning tool to a window cleaner.
Not quite ready for a robust steam cleaning system? Try our best-selling Bissell Steam Mop, which produces steam and is ready for cleaning action in about 30 seconds. The Bissell Steam Mop is great for use on a variety of surfaces including linoleum, marble, stone, vinyl, sealed hardwoods, and laminate floors.
If your home or office is primarily carpeted, consider the Electrolux EL6984A Ultra Silencer Green Vacuum Cleaner. Constructed of 55% recycled plastics, this canister vacuum is quickly becoming known as the greenest vacuum on the market. The Ultra Silencer also features a washable HEPA filter to eliminate unnecessary waste, and it comes in packaging created from 80% recycled, unbleached cardboard.
While our Earth might be at greater risk than ever before, there is also greater opportunity to protect it. From investing in environmentally conscious cleaning appliances to creating your own green cleaning solutions, you can improve the air quality in your home and make protecting the Earth a part of your everyday routine instead of an annual event.