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Jan 29

Eco-Friendly Cleaning

Posted on January 29, 2020 at 8:19 AM by Natalie Nebilak

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In the days before central heating, when the fireplace heated the home, "spring cleaning" came into being as a way to wipe away the soot and debris that accumulated during the winter months. Today, however, while most people may clean on an as needed basis, many still enjoy the total refresh a thorough cleaning affords.

Buyer Beware - Read the Label
Research indicates that many common household cleaners contain toxic ingredients that have been linked to asthma, cancer, and other dangerous conditions.

Verify What's Toxic and What's Not
When you're shopping for cleaners be sure to verify product ingredients as well as eco-friendly label claims with the Environmental Working Group's Healthy Cleaning Guide. If you're up for a little fun, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come up with an interactive experience where you're asked to identify hazardous household products. The site also presents a host of "Safer Choice" product alternative. While eco-friendly cleaner brands such as Seventh Generation, Method, and Biokleen are available in most stores, there are many cost-effective DIY alternatives.

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If you check your cabinets and closets, chances are you have many of these green cleaning ingredients. Check out these recipes below courtesy of EarthShare.org
  • Drain Cleaner: Pour a half-cup baking soda down the sink and add at least a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain and wait a few minutes, then rinse with a mixture of boiling water and salt.  
  • Window Cleaner: Mix two ounces of vinegar with a quart of water in a spray bottle.
  • Rust Remover: Use vinegar to remove rust on nuts and bolts and other mineral deposits such as calcium.
Additional Green Cleaning Tips 
  • Remember to use reusable cloths (old towels, cloth napkins, clothing, or sheets) instead of single-use items like paper towels.
  • Carefully follow the instructions on labels of all household cleaners.