Choose Green Cleaning Products

Get your home clean and be green.

Go green when you clean!

These days, cleaning house can be a dangerous job. Harsh cleaning ingredients like bleach can cause lung, skin and eye irritation. You have the added hazard of storing the products.  Plus the chemicals can be hazardous outside of the house as well as in.  Phosphates, for example, spur algal blooms that rob aquatic animals of oxygen. Green cleaning products, on the other hand, often use less toxic, biodegradable, plant-based solutions. Many also come in concentrated formulas, which reduces packaging and waste. Protect your health and your family — go green when you clean! Check the ingredients list for these items to make sure you’re using a greener cleaner:
  • No ozone-depleting substances
  • Reduced bioconcentration, or chemical buildup when consumed by animals
  • Reduced flammability
  • No or reduced added dyes, except when added for safety purposes
  • No or reduced added fragrances
  • No or reduced skin irritants, like parabens, bleach, phosphoric acid and others
  • No or reduced volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Reduced packaging
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Recycled content in packaging
  Be wary of vague packaging of “green”, “environmentally friendly” or “eco-safe”.  Do your research, read the packaging and get informed.  
Green cleaning products, including lemon and baking soda

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1 comment

Michaela Johnson

What about insectisides? My dog has fleas and I need to bomb my house it’s so bad. The products I see in the stores are basically poisins, which means once it is applied, I will need to clean it all – inlcuding washing dishes and clothing and it will go into the water system. What else can I do?