Friday, December 30, 2011

Housekeeping Hints: How to get a Green Clean


When it comes to household cleaning supplies, people often think that going “Green” means stocking their cabinets with baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, corn starch, and salt or simply hiring the professionals such as carpet cleaning services for the tough stains. Many household chemicals can be replaced by mixing these eco-friendly ingredients, but they must be mixed in certain proportions in order to be effective. Another drawback of common homemade cleaning ingredients is that, once mixed, they only remain effective for a few days. Fortunately several companies recognized that many consumers don’t want these chemicals inside of their home, and created some green product alternatives. The good news for consumers is that virtually all of these green product creations last longer than homemade green cleaning solutions, and they do not require any mixing.

Common household cleaning products that are used daily include Laundry Detergent, Dishwashing Detergents, and Toilet Bowl Cleaners. To some people, getting a “Green Clean” without the aid of standard cleaning agents might seem impossible, but there are a few highly effective alternatives. Seventh Generation, Martha Stewart, and even Clorox, each produce products that contain fewer hazardous chemicals and other harmful ingredients than their standard cleaning aisle counterparts.

Seventh Generation is a leading brand of green household and personal care products that help protect human health and the environment.  Established in 1988, the Vermont based company is an independent, privately-held company that distributes products to supermarkets, mass merchants, and online retailers across the U.S. and Canada. Seventh Generation green cleaning products include hand and automatic dishwashing soaps, botanical disinfectants, laundry detergents and fabric softeners.

Martha Stewart, who has promoted creative and practical solutions for healthy living for years, also wanted to develop her own line of safe, responsible, and effective cleaning products for busy consumers. Martha Stewart Clean™ products include dishwasher gels, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, carpet stain removers, and toilet bowl cleaners.

Green Works® is a line of naturally derived cleaning products by Clorox. Green Works products include cleaning wipes, glass and surface cleaners, dishwashing liquids, and bathroom and toilet bowl cleaners. All of the Clorox Green Works products are made with plant-based and mineral-based cleaning agents that are biodegradable and naturally derived. None of the Seventh Generation, Martha Stewart, or Clorox Green Works products are tested on animals.

Getting a “Green Clean” can be as easy as switching from regularly purchased brands and those used by cleaning services to any one of the brands included in this article. Together, everyone can take part in creating a healthier environment and a safer planet.

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