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How-To: Be Green When You Clean


It's not hard to be so fresh and so clean, and it's fairly simple to be green when you clean, too. Here's a handful of tips on eco cleaning:

  • Nix the paper towels, disposable wipes, etc., and go for a reusable rag, which you can wash with eco laundry detergent. Hang them to dry with some cute clothespins.
  • Cut cleaning time and chemicals altogether with microfiber cloths, which can handle your sinks, floors, windows, tabletops, and mirrors with little more than water.
  • Read labels. Buy eco-friendly cleaning products — look for words like biodegradable, phosphate free, and avoid ingredients such as EDTA, butoxyethanol, and bisphenol A. Don't be misled by greenwashing.
  • Don't use antibacterials, sanitizers, and disinfectants unless it's absolutely necessary, such as in the kitchen to clean your butcher block after cutting raw meats. Otherwise, just use all natural cleaners or kill germs with a good soap and water scrubbing.
  • Look for green-cleaning recipes in my Recipes For Clean!

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MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I've made sure that no unnatural, toxic cleaning products are used in my home since I brought home my first cat four years ago. I didn't want his sweet paws walking on chemical-laden surfaces, or inhaling toxic fumes!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Make your own laundry detergent! http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/03/15/how-to-make-your-own-laundry-detergent-and-save-big-money/
plasticapple plasticapple 8 years
Done, done, done, done and done! Vinegar and baking soda will clean anything, and it's safe and cheap!! Vinegar alone is what I use to clean anything that isn't to greasy or caked on. Add a little essential oils and it will smell better too! :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love my microfiber rags. :)
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
great tips.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I used your bathtub scrub Casa and it worked SO well ay gettign that scum off!!!
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