Get your home sparkling green

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spongesCyclomethicone. Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate. Methylchloroiso- thiazolinone. Chloromethylisothiazolinone. Do any of these names sound familiar to you? Better yet, can you even pronounce any of them? They’re toxic chemicals and chances are that your home is covered with them. If you go into your kitchen and read the back of any of your cleaning supply bottles, guaranteed that you’ll see at least one of the above ingredients.

A cleaner doesn’t deserve a “clean” name if it pollutes your home, your health and the environment. There are an overwhelming number of cleansers and disinfectants designed to make our countertops glow, showers sparkle, bathtubs glimmer, windows shine and our homes smell like fresh baked cookies, but, at what cost? They also contribute to in-home and environmental air pollution, are poisonous if ingested and can be harmful if inhaled or touched.

If you have little tykes running around your home, chances are you keep your cleaning supplies locked up. There’s a reason for that. It’s important to take the time to consider what these products are doing to our bodies and to the environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside a typical home is approximately 2-5 times more polluted than the air just outside, largely because of household cleaners and pesticides. So, put down your cocktail of toxic cleaning supplies and choose ones that are Mother Nature approved (even better if the containers are biodegradable!).

There are a growing number of socially aware companies who are offering eco-friendly cleaning supplies, which can be found at your local Whole Foods Market. They offer top-notch products, from dish soap and dryer sheets to all-purpose cleaner and carpet stain remover. One great green cleaning brand is Biokleen. The family-owned and operated company produces products made with natural ingredients like grapefruit seed extract, essential oils, soy, aloe and vitamin E-and they really work, as the brand was originally formulated for use in the janitorial sector. What you won’t find in this complete line of household cleaning products
(they offer everything from laundry detergents to kitchen cleansers) are ingredients like phosphates, chlorine, ammonia, or any

EPA priority pollutants. The brand has even partnered with the EPA in the Design for the Environment Program, which works with businesses to improve and promote green manufacturing processes. And because Biokleen products are 3 times concentrated, the smaller packaging creates less waste and requires less energy to ship it to stores.

For all of you overachievers, if you want to take that extra step, consider creating your own disinfecting solutions. Check out these environmentally conscious concoctions:

  • Simple ingredients, like soap, water, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax, and a coarse scrubbing sponge can take care of most household cleaning needs.
  • Instead of using a standard drain cleaner, try pouring a quarter cup of baking soda down the clogged drain, followed by a half cup of vinegar. Close the drain tightly until fizzing stops, then flush with boiling water.
  • For a sparkling glass cleaner, use a mixture of half white vinegar and half water.
  • Baking soda and cornstarch are natural carpet deodorizers.
  • To clean up mildew and mold, use a mixture of lemon juice or white vinegar and salt.
  • A paste of baking soda, salt and hot water makes a great oven cleaner.

Now that you know just how dirty your harmful cleaning supplies are, it’s time to take charge! Start your spring-cleaning thisyear with a fresh outlook-throw away all of your harmful solutions and replace them with safer, non-toxic versions. Good for you, and good for the Earth.

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  • A great place to find environmentally friendly household cleaning products is http://www.greencupboards.com. Greencupboards exhaustively researches a wide variety of green household cleaners to determine which ones are truly green and really work. The company then bundles its recommended products into “cupboards” of nine cleaning products which can be purchased from their website. Currently the company offers a kitchen cupboard and a bathroom cupboard of green cleaning supplies. Coming soon are laundry room, nursery room, pet care and personal care cupboards. Greencupboards is ideal for those that want to be greener at home, but just don’t have the time to research all the available products and shop multiple stores for them. Greencupboards does all the work for you!

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