Environmentally-friendly spring cleaning

April 10, 2008 5:45:03 PM PDT
It's time for spring cleaning, but you don't need to dread it! House Doctor Lisa Quinn has some green friendly products to make cleaning easier.

Laundry Products

AVOID:

  • Bleach. It's harmful for eyes, skin, lungs.
  • Laundry Detergent's with Surfactant. Look for monoethanolamine in the ingredients. Surfactant is toxic, derived from Petroleum, and a non-renewable resource.
  • Whte paper towels, made with bleach. Buy brown paper towels, no bleach used.

    ALTERNATIVES:

  • Seventh Generation Free and Clear, Chlorine Free Bleach: www.seventhgeneration.com
  • Borax - Natural Laundry Booster and Multi-Purpose Household Cleaner: www.purex.com
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Solution Can be found at grocery store or pharmacy.
  • Begley's Best, Non Toxic, Non-Caustic & Biodegradable Spot Remover: www.begleysbest.com
  • Ecos Laundry Detergent: www.ecos.com

    Air Fresheners

    AVOID:

  • Air Fresheners with Phthalates Phthalates interferes with reproductive health development and can cause hypo-thyroidism and obesity

    ALTERNATIVES:

  • -Fresh Wave, Odor Neautralizing Crystals: www.fresh-wave.com

    Glass Cleaners

    AVOID:

  • Glass Cleaners with Ammonia. Ammonia is known to cause Asthma

    ALTERNATIVE:

  • Window Kleener with Vinegar, Earth Friendly Products: www.earthfriendlyproducts.com
  • Distilled White Vinegar, found at your local grocery store or pharmacy

    For more green cleaning product information, visit the Green Guid: www.thegreenguide.com


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