Green Cleaning Your Bathroom, Kitchen and Laundry

Posted by Shanta Romain on Saturday, April 23, 2011 Under: Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning in the Bathroom

Corrosive cleaners, such as those commonly used to clean bathrooms, account for about 10 percent of the emergency calls that U.S. poison centers receive. Even worse, over 50 percent of those calls sought help for children under the age of six. Corrosive toilet bowl and drain cleaning products containing ammonia or chlorine bleach were the major culprits.

If you use these types of cleaners in the bathroom, maybe it's time to replace them with green cleaners. Try products like Seventh Generation sanitizers or Earth Power's herbal disinfectant—both are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. You can also create your own green bathroom cleaners from ingredients you can easily find around the house, like vinegar and baking soda. However, store-bought organic cleaning products are generally an easier and more effective alternative.

Green Cleaning in the Kitchen

Since sanitation is such an important concern in the kitchen, you'll want to use organic cleaning products that are formulated to disinfect while addressing safe food handling concerns. Look for green cleaning products that don't contain chlorine bleach, like Earth Friendly cream cleansers, or products from Bon Amid, Seventh Generation and Ecover.

You may think antibacterial soaps are a good for hand washing, but they actually promote the growth of resistant bacteria. Instead, wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and environmentally friendly bar soap.

Green Cleaning in the Laundry

Most laundry detergents are made from petroleum derivatives, so use organic cleaning products instead of washing your clothes in oil-based detergents that harm the planet and decrease the longevity of your clothes. Choose fragrance-free cleaners with coconut oil or rosemary oil for the best organic cleaning results. Try organic and green cleaning products to truly make your home as fresh, safe and clean as it can be. You owe it to your family, your environment and yourself! 

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