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Green cleaning:

The Green revolution has swept every area of our society, from the hybridization of cars to the massive boom in solar energy production. Together, we’re making some pretty big strides to live better with the environment.

One new area where green products are making big advances is cleaning. Cleaning products have traditionally been pretty harsh chemicals. Most of us use bleach on a fairly regular basis, and there’s probably no toilet in the country that hasn’t had Draino poured in it once or twice.

While we’re all raising consciousness about the impact of our actions, reading ingredients and labelling GMO’s, I want to take this opportunity to encourage us all to be a bit more thoughtful about our cleaning routine. I’ve been seeing lots of these eco-friendly options popping up on store shelves, so I thought I’d do some reading.

I’ve been doing some research on my own, and I have to say that while some of these things might sound like a gimmick, once you start reading warning labels carefully, you’ll find yourself buying alternative cleaners pretty quickly.

Why go green:

-cuts down on vapors: Many chemical cleaners have ingredients which cause strong vapors which can cause headaches, nausea, and respiratory issues. You’re usually directed to use them in well-ventilated areas, but who has all their windows open all the time? Going green keeps odors down, and makes your air much safer to breathe. At most, you’ll smell some vinegar or essential oils. No nasty petroleum bases or harsh bleach.

-Keeps food surfaces safe as well as sanitary. Most of us wipe off countertops and consider the cleaning done. And for the most part, that’s true. You’ve wiped off the dirt, and taken the bacteria off the surface. But unless you’re some kind of magician with a paper towel, your counters are probably still damp after you wipe. That’s cleaner left over. It might evaporate, but all the chemicals inside are still on the surface. So, using harsh cleaners might get things done quickly, but you wouldn’t really want to eat something off that counter again.

-Keeps your animals safe: if the ingredients are listed with warning labels, they’re toxic to you. And if they’re toxic to humans, chances are they aren’t doing your pets any favors, either! Best to be safe, and just use the green stuff.

-Harsh chemicals stay out of the water supply. If you’re cleaning your bathtub, shower, toilets, or sinks, all the cleaners you use run right down the pipes and into the water supply. If they’re highly toxic, they’re gonna be a hazard to animal life on the other end, especially in lakes and rivers. Plus, lots of city water is recycled. You don’t want to be drinking industrial cleaners.

So, here are a few of my big tips for you all:

Use non-chlorine bleach. It’s barely more expensive, it’s better for your clothes, and it doesn’t have the same harsh reek.

Use safe disinfectants (non-bleach). You can get enzyme or vinegar based cleaners that work just as well as the bleach stuff. I’ve also recently discovered the steam mop. These things disinfect and are way less of a chore to use than a normal mop. If you're interested in finding out more, click here to read some

Look for something called Earth Enzymes, not drain clearers, for clearing out clogs. Basically, you’re putting a bunch of little organisms in the pipes which eat up all the hair, soap and other crud that would ordinarily cause blockages. It’s completely harmless, and it keeps things running clean.

And overall, I think the big lesson here is to read the ingredients on your cleaner bottle like you would on a smoothie. If you don’t know what something is, or where it comes from, it’s probably not something you want in your home.

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