What Lurks in Your Backyard?


Did you know that out of the 80,000 chemicals sold, only 7 percent have been fully tested for safety! Some of these chemicals are found in the products we use every day to maintain our yards and gardens. Here are five places in your yard that may be toxic:

Green Weed-Free Lawn

“Ingredients in popular pesticides have been linked to cancer, hormonal changes, and liver or kidney toxicity. Now research points to another surprising peril: mental health hazards.”

This is scary information. The spray that your neighbours are using can waft over to your yard as well. Imagine the people working for companies that spray weeds every day. I have often seen them not wearing proper ventilation face masks.

Mosquito-Free Backyard

“Community-wide sprays to destroy mosquitoes help alleviate public fears of bug-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis. But are the sprays themselves dangerous? They contain hormone disrupters and possibly carcinogenic chemicals, though studies documented harmful effects only in higher doses than municipal mosquito spray trucks deliver.”

Thank goodness we do not have spray trucks in Durham Region. They do this often in the Caribbean. I remember seeing them in Cuba and The Dominican Republic. On a recent vacation in the Cayman Islands, a plane flew overhead spraying the town. I could not believe this was happening at 4:30 pm.

Burning Waste

“Some may view burning trash in their backyard as an efficient way to dispose of it—some countries can even produce heat and electricity by doing so—but the truth is, burning waste in your backyard (especially when much of our trash is plastics) releases dangerous chemicals that can harm you, those who live with you, and your community.”

Years ago, I lived in Rural Port Perry, where my neighbour would burn their household waste and recycling! Imagine the smell of burning plastic!

Swimming Pools

“When it comes to swimming, parents with young children put drowning at the top of their list of concerns. But many people do not realize the problems that pool chemicals can cause. Everyday Health reports that nearly 5,000 people were sent to the emergency room after being poisoned by pool chemicals in 2012. These chemicals can be even more harmful in hot tubs, which open your pores and let toxins directly enter your body. Follow the CDC guidelines for handling pool chemicals.”

I grew up around pools spending most of my youth as a lifeguard/swimming instructor. In the 80’s, I never thought about the chemicals my body was absorbing.

Black Driveways

“The sticky black coal tar sealants that give driveways their well-manicured look may contain carcinogenic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAH concentrations in these sealants are hundreds of times higher than those in other major sources, such as exhaust smoke.”

Guilty…I do love the look of a shiny black driveway. I used to have my driveway sealed all the time. I will not be doing that again!

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Need a Cleaning Service in Durham Region that uses Natural Products?

Welcome to our new website! Do you need a Cleaning Service in Durham Region that uses natural products rather than harsh toxic chemicals? At We’re Cleaning Green – we can help!

Although, I am not necessarily a writer, I excited and nervous to start a blog. I have always been a highly organized person and LOVE cleanliness. My mother instilled that in me!  So, why not write down some of my thoughts around this topic. Over the years, I have become very aware of our impact on the environment. This will be a great place for me to share some of the information that I have discovered and some solutions as well! Like everyone else, over the past few months, I have been researching Covid-19 and the worlds cleaning practices. That is definitely a topic worth writing about!

The Covid-19 Pandemic has now kept us in our homes for almost two months. I have been using this time wisely by updating our business methods, procedures, and social media presence. Have you seen our Instagram and Facebook pages? Being closed for business has allowed me to really focus on the future. It is looking bright!

I am always continuing to better We’re Cleaning Green’s environmental practices. Currently, I am researching a product line that will reduce the number of large plastic jugs WCG uses. Ask my friends and family, I have a strong option regarding plastic! There will be more information regarding this to come!

Our Premier announced that as of Tuesday May 19th,  2020, house cleaners are permitted to go back to work! Of course, I am more than excited! It is very understandable that many people are hesitant about outsiders entering their homes. I believe we are entering a new normal. A normal were we are constantly fearful of illness. Rest assured that WCG’s staff will be practicing social distancing, cleaning our products/equipment daily and are wearing personal protective equipment. Because we do not clean in teams or travel in cars together, the staff are reducing the risk of any cross contamination. I also ask clients to remain in a different room while the service is being completed or better yet, head out for a walk.  Everyone is nervous. I will do our best to make the transition to the new normal as stress free as possible.

We’re Cleaning Green recently ran a FREE 6 Hour Cleaning Giveaway. I asked our social media followers to nominate a front-line worker that could use some help. The winner, Giselle, works at a long-term care facility. She is a mom and a wife, trying to juggle her career and family life during this difficult time. Congratulations Giselle! Thank you for putting your own health at risk to ensure our senior population is well taken care off.

Did you know that WCG has an amazing referral program? If one of your family or friends signs up for a regular cleaning package, you will receive 15% off your next scheduled clean. Word of mouth is my favourite form of advertising!!

Finally, I am thrilled with our new website. Thank you, Richard and the CMS Web Solutions Team, for building a great website. It was truly a pain free experience!

Diane Eidt