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With the rising interest in global warming and governments worldwide starting to take action against the carbon footprint that we leave on earth, it is time to start asking how you can make a difference. There are many small steps we can all take such as choosing vehicles with low fuel emissions, recycling and most importantly being informed of what we can do rather than just ignoring it.

Making a choice
The best way to make a difference is to take a stand and decide that we will be a part of the change. One of the first things we can all do is to use eco friendly house cleaning products. These are readily available in most supermarkets.

It has often been perceived that these products are more expensive than regular products and in these difficult financial times it is not practical to buy them. That might have been true in the past but not anymore. By shopping around and studying prices you will notice that these products are now very competitive with normal products and detergents and that the higher price is no longer a reason not to use them.

How to find eco friendly cleaning products
With so many different products on the shelves it is difficult to know which ones are in fact eco friendly and which ones are not. The labeling does not make it easy also in that many scientific terms and explanations offered are not known by most consumers.

Fortunately you will see that most eco friendly products are carrying some kind of mark, stamp or seal of approval which assures them. These will probably also mention that it is approved or endorsed by certain Federal Agencies or Institutions.

But it is in fact pretty simple to distinguish. If it does not say eco friendly, then it is not. It is as simple as that. The products used in normal cleaners can be pretty bad for the environment and the companies who are now selling their eco friendly house cleaning products have invested a lot of money in developing these new products.
Eco friendly cleaning alternatives

If you are not convinced with buying these new cleaning products, whether it is because of the price or reasons of your own, then there are alternatives. No, not the normal cleaning products, but actual alternatives to chemicals, which have been proven and tested. You could use some of the items in your home that you use for cooking to make your own eco friendly cleaning products.

If you do a little bit of research on homemade cleaning products you will be astounded by the results. If you do decide to try and make some of these, you will be surprised to find out that you can make your own household cleaners for kitchens and bathrooms, dish washing liquid, drain cleaners and even a product that will clear out blocked drains and pipes.

These products are extremely safe and will not harm the environment. You could probably even save a fair amount of money by doing it this way.

Products like vinegar, washing soda crystals, baking soda and many other normal kitchen groceries are used to make your own eco friendly cleaning products. They are in no way a sub standard product to what you will be buying on the shelve, the big difference being that these are so called ‘green’ products as well as the fact that you made them yourself.

A family affair
Changing over to eco friendly house cleaning products is also a great way for the family to spend time together learning about how to do their bit for the environment. While making your products or shopping for them you will be able to teach your kids about global warming and the effects that chemicals have on the planet.

In this way you will ensure that your children grow up with a more environmentally-conscious attitude and also that they are informed about one of the most important environmental issues of our time.

Author: Merilee Paige
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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