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These resources will help you green your cleaning practices.
Because the Consumption of Green Cleaning Supplies Isn’t Very Conspicuous
Post from the Freakonomics blog about green cleaning and conspicuous conservation.
EWG's Guide to Healthy Cleaning
Reviews and rates more than 2,000 popular household cleaning products with grades A through F, based on the safety of their ingredients and the information they disclose about their contents.
Homemade Household Cleaning Products -- Recipes
Recipes for homemade, non-toxic alternatives to household cleaners.
Household Products Database
What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Learn more about what's in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling.
Households: Safer Cleaning Alternatives: Do-it-Yourself Recipes
Safer alternatives to hazardous cleaning products exist for nearly every type of household cleaner. These do-it-yourself recipes for basic household cleaners are easy to make out of common household ingredients such as vinegar-white, salt, baking soda, baby oil, washing soda, lemon juice, aluminum foil, corn starch, toothpaste. Many of the All Purpose, Bathroom and Glass cleaner recipes have been tested for performance by the TURI Cleaning Laboratory as indicated in the tables.
How to green your cleaning routine
Cleaning products are everywhere in our homes and offices: on dishes, countertops, furniture, clothes, floors, windows, and floating through the air. In our war on dirt and germs we may often actually be making things worse. Most of the conventional cleaning products we all grew up with are petroleum-based and have dubious health and environmental implications. Instead of opting for cleaning products that annihilate everything in their path, there are plenty of natural products and methods that keep a house clean and fresh-smelling without the toxic side effects.
Uses For Salt For Cleaning, Stain Removal And More
Table salt is something almost everyone has in their home, to use in cooking and for eating, so why not use it in other ways too? The great thing about using salt for these additional purposes is that it is natural and nontoxic, so it is safe for use around your family without fear of harsh chemicals.
Green Cleaning Basics
According to the U.S. EPA, the average US household accumulates up to 100 pounds of hazardous household waste, including cleaning products, paints, oils, batteries, and pesticides.
Green Cleaning Tips
- Eco-friendly cleaning products allow you to keep a clean house without toxic chemicals that can affect the environment and your health. Green Seal lists certified household products on their web site.
- Cut costs, reduce waste, and clean safely by mixing basic cleaners to clean hard surfaces at home.
- Castile soap is a pure, vegetable soap that's safe and biodegradable. Clean your home and everything in it, including floors, dishes, your body, and your pet.
- Drain cleaners are among the most toxic household cleaning supplies. Keep chemicals out of the water supply by opting for natural alternatives. More information available at howstuffworks.com.
- Launder naturally by avoiding chemical cleaning agents that may affect ecosystems by contaminating soil and groundwater. Choosing natural laundry detergent also reduces the amount of chlorine, phosphates, and petroleum-based chemicals that are released into the environment and onto your skin.
- Protect your hands and the environment while getting dishes clean and streak-free with safe and natural dishwashing detergents.
- From shining silver to loosening the grime around taps and tires, a few simple ingredients are all you need to make your fixtures sparkle from the kitchen to the garage. Recipes for making your own available from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.
- Rags, dust mitts, scrubbers, and more can be made out of what you already have around the house, including old towels, t-shirts, and bed sheets.
- Give your clean-up a little green-up with paper towels made from recycled fibers and without bleach.
- Don't buy anti-bacterial products containing triclosan, which eventually ends up in the water supply. Plain soap, warm water, and proper handwashing will do the trick. Alcohol-based gel or foam hand sanitizers that don't contain triclosan are also good alternatives if you don't have water to wash your hands.
Cleaning Products Are Only Part of the Picture
By changing your cleaning practices, you can also reduce the need for strong, toxic cleaners. Follow these tips for greener cleaning:
- Keep dirt out of the house. A durable welcome mat encourages visitors to wipe their feet
- Minimize product use by matching the product with the need. Don't use a strong cleaner on a mild stain.
- Choose cleaning equipment that is durable, energy efficient, and quiet
- Use products properly. Read the labels!
Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home
Publication Date: 2005
Green Clean is the definitive, step-by-step guide to cleaning better while using nontoxic, ecofriendly products. Room by room and stain by stain, Green Clean breaks environmentally conscious cleaning into simple principles and easily mastered techniques that let readers set their own goals and develop their own cleaning plan. Also included are recipes for safe, simple, and economical cleaning solutions and the lowdown on the best ecofriendly cleaning products on the market.
Green Cleaning for Dummies
Publication Date: 2008
More and more people are seeking more natural cleaning methods to reduce their exposure to harsh chemicals. From the kitchen and bath to the living room and laundry, this book provides readers with green solutions to every common cleaning chore. Focusing on organic, nontoxic, sustainable alternatives to conventional cleaning products, this book includes tips for effective cleaning, both inside and outside the home.
Green-up Your Cleanup
Publication Date: 2008
Provides techniques and recipes that will save time, save money, and save the earth.
Squeaky Green: The Method guide to Detoxing Your Home
Publication Date: 2008
An informative room-by-room guide on how to ditch those toxic chemicals that make up many household detergents and replace them with good cleaning habits and products derived from plants.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Cleaning
Publication Date: 2009
Shows how to clean every room in the house quickly, thoroughly, and efficiently using non-toxic products and environmentally-friendly techniques.