A “Greener” Cleaner

9 02 2009


Hate cleaning?

Maybe cleaning would be more enjoyable if it was done in an eco-friendly manner.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, levels of pollutants can be from two to more than 100 times higher in indoor air than outdoors.  Cleaning supplies are a contributor to the high level of indoor pollution and can prove skin, eye and respiratory reactions.


Green cleaning supplies are better for the environment and humans than the more traditional ones.

This New York Times article describes the AirMax Oko, a green vacuum produced in Europe that cuts energy consumption by a third.

Dish and laundry detergents  and all-purpose cleaners  that are plant-based (corn, palm kernel, or coconut oil) are the best cleaning products to buy.  It is also good to use fragrance-free laundry soap. Seventh Generation, Biopec, Green Clean and Ecover are some of the many  companies that sell these products.                         laundry-in-machine_h2401

Another option is to make your own cleaning supplies, an easy and inexpensive process that requires common household products such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. This website gives recipes for some common cleaners.


The next time you need to clean the house, pay careful attention to the cleaning products in your home. Making or buying eco-friendly products can be beneficial for your health as well as save you money!

This website gives more information about green cleaning.




3 responses

10 02 2009
Rick Hancock

Good post. In the future after you finish writing look over your post and see which words you might be able to provide a link. In this case the U.S. Enviromental Prtoection Agency would have been a good opportunity to give your readers access to the information you mentioned.

10 02 2009

Hey Michelle,

I was just wondering if there have been any advancements for “greener” automotive fluids, such as windshield wiper solution, i.e. Rainex, transmission fluid, motor oil, etc.

10 02 2009

I don’t know for sure, but I’m sure there have been. Were you going to do your next post on that?

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