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Green cleaning is an easy way to keep toxic household products out of your home and away from your family.

Eco cleaning is also generally less expensive, although at times the tradeoff means you'll need to use a bit more elbow grease to get the dirty jobs done.

A few things to consider when choosing between so-called natural and synthetic products: Whether naturally or artificially derived, all ingredients - even water - are chemicals.

There are no nontoxic substances. Even salt can be deadly if taken in too-high a dose. That said, this list of alternative cleaning supplies can help you clean less expensively and with fewer chemicals:

  • Soap (non-petrochemical based, such as castile or glycerin-based soaps), to wash dishes;
  • Baking soda with water, as an all purpose cleaner;
  • White distilled vinegar diluted in water, to clean windows;
  • Borax, to clean and deodorize, and to remove toilet bowl stains.

everyday green cleaning tips.

Always make sure you have adequate ventilation in the area you're cleaning. Even eco friendly cleaning products can be hazardous when inhaled in small spaces, such as in the small, confined space of most bathrooms.

Although eco friendly cleaning products are safer for the environment, don't be lulled into a laid-back attitude when it comes to your safety when using any kind of cleaner.

Homemade cleaners generally require a great deal more time and elbow grease. The single exception is home-mix glass cleaner: 1/4 cup (60ml) of vinegar in 3 and 3/4 cups (900ml) of warm water.

chemicals to avoid.

Read labels to minimize your family's exposure to chemicals when buying cleaners. Steer clear of household cleaners with the following ingredients:

  • ammonia (found in glass cleaners; instead, make your own using 1/4 cup [60ml] of vinegar in 3 and 3/4 cups [900ml] warm water);
  • glycol and butyl ethers (found in all purpose cleaners);
  • terrenes (a chemical in virtually all citrus cleaners);
  • formaldehyde, phosphates and perfumes.

These chemicals can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, nausea and headaches in the short term. Long-term exposure can damage the liver, kidneys and the central nervous system. Look for products that are dye-free, perfume-free, phosphate-free, biodegradable, non toxic, and highly concentrated.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for green cleaning products and tools to help get your home clean - safely!



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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.