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Great websites for green home cleaning

on June 26, 2013

It is becoming ever more evident that the products we are using to clean our homes are harmful to us. Unfortunately, these products are not regulated like we all expect them to be. Surprisingly, the product manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients on the bottles of our favorite cleaners, thus leaving us in the dark about what chemicals we should welcome into our homes.  Products are being let out into the marketplace before they are tested for safety on humans.  As a result, we are buying and using many cleaners that are incredibly harmful to our health, especially when used in combination with others. When we clean our windows, we spray ammonia and when we clean our floors we mop with petroleum solvents. Yikes!  Now, are you ready to become a little greener with your cleaners?

Okay, so  in order to arm you with the information you need to green up, not just clean up, I will direct you to a few websites that give you great alternatives to the products in your cabinet right now.  In my house, we use a lot of vinegar, a great overall cleaner that is cheap, easy to use, and pretty potent when mixed with lemon juice or baking soda, depending on what you want to clean.  Check out the first website listed for suggestions on using these three ingredients.  There are many options out there, though, if you want to use a store-bought cleaner or make your own.  You can even add fragrances that are appealing to you and label each product for separate uses in clean, recycled bottles.  Also, if you are interested in a campy documentary on the topic, look for Chemerical on Netflix or check out the second website listed below.  It follows one family as they try to convert to green cleaning in their homes.

Another important resource I’d like to share with you is a user-friendly site to look up any of the products in your bathrooms and kitchens.  It will give you the information that we should all get by reading the bottles in the stores, but don’t.  It grades each product, using A through F, based on impact to your health and the environment, as well as ingredient disclosure. You’ll probably be surprised by some of the information you find and hopefully you can use the websites to make the changes you want to make in your own home.   Now is the time to feel green and clean, so start changing your cleaning products today and you’ll be breathing fresher air tomorrow.  Here’s to happy and healthy cleaning!

Here are your sites:

http://housekeeping.about.com/od/environment/a/Homemade-And-Natural-Cleaning-Products.htm

http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm

http://www.chemicalnation.com

http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

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2 responses to “Great websites for green home cleaning

  1. We are a new york city house cleaning company and we also use green cleaning products. 🙂

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