The easiest and cheapest thing to start off with is mixing vinegar, baking soda, and a little warm water for an all purpose cleaner. Watch out for antibacterial soaps, the FDA has proven that don’t work as well as soap and water. Planet Green recommends the following products: McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (the Cradle to Cradle guys), Method, Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyers, B_E_E, Ecover, and Green Works products. Grist.com recommends Bio Pac, Ecover, Earth’s Power, Earth Friendly, Naturally Yours, Shaklee, Ecover, Bioshield, Seventh Generation laundry and dish soaps, AFM Safechoice, Aubrey Organics and Vermont Soapworks all-purpose household cleaners, Bioshield, Naturally Yours for all your toilet cleaning, soap, laundry, and dishwashing needs.
There are a lot of different products you can use in your house cleaning that are greener and better for the environment. David Steinman, coauthor of The Safe Shopper’s Bible, recommends looking for products with specific eco-friendly ingredients which use things such as “grain alcohol instead of toxic butyl cellosolve as a solvent; coconut or other plant oils rather than petroleum in detergents; and plant-oil disinfectants such as eucalyptus, rosemary, or sage, rather than triclosan.” There are also a lot of companies that promote their products as green for using less resources or recycled papers, such as Seventh Generation paper towels. Below is a link to a test-drive of some greener cleaners to give you some ideas for easy greener cleaning at home.
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