Have you considered going green in your cleaning methods? Even in small ways?
It’s been quite a few years now since we’ve seen “green” cleaning solutions on store shelves. Non-toxic and biodegradeable, they are made from ingredients that promise to help us clean our world without hurting our planet.
One of the best reasons, however, to switch from traditional products to green cleaning products is the benefits to your health and the health of your family and pets. By eliminating old products, which are often solvent-, chemical- or petroleum-based and use artificial dyes or scents, you can decrease the amount of possibly harmful toxins in your home and in your body.
Today, there are bunches of green cleaning products on the market that make cleaning green as easy as cleaning with traditional products. They come in the same packages and spray bottles that other products do, and fit nicely into your shopping list, grocery cart, and under your sink. Newest products come in variations for indoor and outdoor cleaning, and offer such things as all-purpose wipes and hand gel.
While many companies, including Simple Green, Seventh Generation and Method, have offered green products for years, one of the biggest signs of its growing acceptance is the fact that earlier this year, Clorox announced that it had developed GreenWorks, a line of green cleaning products that would be marketed to major retailers.
Here’s an article on healthier home cleaning by National Geographic’s Green Guide:
There are even simpler ways to clean some things at home. The Seattle & King County Asthma Resources page gives us the following:
"Green Cleaning is using cleaning products that don't endanger you, children or the environment. This is especially important for people who have asthma. Commercial cleaning products often contain irritants that can trigger an asthma episode. The Green Cleaning products recommended here are effective, inexpensive, safe for you and the environment.
"Green cleaning items include baking soda, white vinegar, liquid castile soap (a mild soap made of olive oil and sodium hydroxide), scouring pads, cotton washcloths or sponges, cotton rags without much lint, and a 16 oz. spray bottle.”
Their cleaning recipes for everything from tubs and sinks to ovens and clogged drains are at
And they even do windows!
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