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The EPA estimates that indoor air is nearly 100 times more polluted than outdoor air; standard cleaning chemicals are one of the main culprits. Plant-based, biodegradable products are easier on the earth; gentler on skin, lungs and eyes; and often smell great too.

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Smart Tips

May 1, 2008

Cleaner Goes Greener

Rub a dub dub
Next time you clean the tub
Or give the countertops a scrub
Try non-toxic suds instead of those old duds

Say What?

  • Ingredients such as ammonia, chlorine, phthalates, and triclosan are what commonly make up most household cleaners.  What you may not have known is that many of these ingredients have serious health and environmental effects and can often be easily replaced with easy eco-friendly alternatives.
  • Watch out for meaningless claims from companies that use words like all natural or organic, because there actually is no government agency which oversees these labels.  Instead try looking for products that disclose all ingredients and are approved by independent certifications such as Cradle to Cradle or the Green Seal.                                               

Try a recipe for an all-purpose cleaner at home, it usually takes items that can already be found in your pantry or a quick trip to the grocery store.  Here’s one to get you started:  

½ cup Borax (look in the laundry aisle)
1-gallon hot water
Mix in pail or use smaller amounts in a spray bottle (1/8 Borax to 1 qt. hot water).  Dissolve Borax completely and get cleaning!

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