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How to Green Your Cleaning

In this article we are going to discuss – how to green your cleaning.  When you’re making the effort to clean, the last thing you want to do is introduce toxic substances into your home. Yet many conventional cleaning products are loaded with chemicals that are hazardous to the environment or even detrimental to your health. To avoid this problem:

  • Use commercially available green cleaning products
  • Use natural products, such as baking soda and vinegar, as cleaners

Green Commercial Cleaning Products

Cleaning Products

Various companies, such as Seventh Generation and Ecover, make environmentally friendly cleaning products. Green cleaning products differ from conventional cleaning products in three main ways. They are:

  • Biodegradable
  • Toxin-free
  • Petroleum-free

You can buy green products at natural foods stores, such as Whole Foods or Wild Oats, or local health stores.

Natural Products

Natural Products

You can also use natural everyday household products as an alternative to store-brought cleaning products. The products in the table below often work just as well as commercial cleaners and cost substantially less.

Natural Product(s)
Use for . . .
Baking soda
Deodorizing carpets and the refrigerator
Vinegar and water
All-purpose cleaning
Lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar
Soap scum and water stains
Vinegar, borax, and water
Disinfecting
Vegetable-based liquid soap, baking soda, and water
Oven cleaning
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