We all need access to clean water for good health, but many of our waterways have a pollution problem. This can impact the quality of the water in the area, and many of us may even be contributing to the environmental damage. In this article, we will look at four ways that you can help to make your local water supply healthier and safer.

What are the Dangers?

When we clean our homes, we may be introducing certain toxic chemicals into our waterways. Chemical cleaning products flushed into the drain will end up in our streams, rivers, and lakes. Some of these toxic chemicals cannot be removed by a municipal water treatment plant, and they could return in your drinking water. The EPA regulates only 90 contaminants found in our drinking water supplies and yet there are over 80,000 registered chemicals in use in the United States today. If you want to make a real difference, it’s a good idea to switch to natural cleaning products that won’t contribute to the problems, and they are often kinder to use around your home.

All Purpose Cleaning Products

Many popular commercial all purpose cleaning products contain a chemical called Ethanolamine. This is known to be an aquatic toxic that has a chronic effect on aquatic life. The animals and fish exposed to this chemical can have respiratory problems and if can affect their nervous systems. The health of aquatic flora and fauna is closely linked to the water quality, and it’s a great idea to stop using any products that use ethanolamine. It’s easy to make your own all purpose cleaner that’s kinder to the environment and still effective to use in your home. Make a solution of white vinegar and water and add in a little castile soap and if you want your cleaner to be antibacterial add a couple of drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil.

Commercial Toilet Cleaners

Many commercial toilet cleaners contain alcohol ethoxylates which are a bad choice for the environment. These chemicals are linked to developmental and reproductive damage, there has acute aquatic toxicity, and they can even lead to DNA damage! Avoid these harmful chemicals and clean your toilet for pennies. Simply add a cup of white vinegar to your toilet bowl and leave it for 30 minutes. Then you can scrub the bowl clean with a brush and if you need some extra scrubbing power, add some baking soda.

Glass Cleaning Products

Many popular glass cleaning products contain a chemical called ammonium hydroxide. This particular chemical has been linked to respiratory illnesses, skin irritation, organ damage, vision damage and it has an acute aquatic toxicity. Cleaning glass with your own solution made at home is easy to do, and you can fill an empty spray bottle for efficient cleaning. Mix white vinegar and water in a 50/50 ratio, spray it on glass and then wipe the surface clean with a microfiber cloth. The vinegar smell dissipates quickly, but if you’re especially sensitive to the odor add some orange peel to the solution.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.