As spring teases us, I think about my annual spring cleaning. It is one of my favorite things to do. I finally get to open all of my windows and let some fresh air in without feeling like I am in a blizzard. This year, I promised myself that I would clean greener. I usually purchase non-toxic cleaning supplies. The smell of harsher cleansers gives me headaches and make my hands extremely dry. Here, you can find the Environmental Working Group’s tips for green cleaning as well as an explanation as to why you should make the switch to cleaning green. My favorite three tips are:
- Less is more: Dilute your cleaning supplies according to instructions and use only what’s needed to get the job done.
- Use gloves and other precautions: Cleaning chemicals may harm or penetrate skin and eyes — check warning labels.
- Try natural alternatives: Experiment with non-toxic options like vinegar (great for windows when diluted with a little water — wipe with old newspaper or rags) and baking soda (mix with water to form a paste for scrubbing). Of course mix with care; some ingredients are dangerous when combined.
Be sure to go to the website to read the entire list. Not only is a green brand a better brand, but better safe than sorry!