Sonntag, 21. Oktober 2007

Green Living - A Guide to Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

Green Living - A Guide to Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

By Karen Schweitzer

General Household Cleaners

General household cleaners are the biggest threat to the indoor environment. Every time you use toxic sprays and man-made abrasive solutions, you risk polluting the air inside your home. Fortunately, there are tons of household cleaners that you can make at home using all natural ingredients. Baking soda can be used as a natural abrasive to clean or deodorize anything. It also works well on stains. Lemon juice is a great bleach alternative, and can cut through grease or remove stains. Finally, vinegar mixed with salt makes the perfect all-purpose cleaner.

Oven Cleaners

Store bought oven cleaners are extremely harsh. The fumes can make you pass out, and if you get the cleaner on your skin it burns painfully. A natural oven cleaner is much nicer to use. You can create your own at home by using ¼ cup baking soda, 2 tablespoons of salt, and enough hot water to make a paste out of the other two ingredients.


The next time you want to improve the smell of your home or deodorize a single space, avoid reaching for an aerosol spray can. You can achieve better results from natural products. Vinegar or baking soda in a cup will absorb and eliminate odors. If you want to add scent, try simmering orange rinds, lemon rinds, cloves, cinnamon sticks, or allspice in a pot of water. After an hour or two, your house will smell better, longer.

Buying Eco-Friendly Products

If you don't want to make your own household cleaning products or if you are worried about your house smelling like vinegar, you can buy eco-friendly products instead. Many of the companies that manufacture household cleaners are making an effort to go green and use natural products. There are also quite a few companies and websites that have cropped up recently to cater to eco-friendly individuals.

Before buying the harsh, toxic products that you have traditionally used to clean your home, try searching out more environmentally-friendly options. It will be better for your health and better for the world around you.

Karen Schweitzer contributes to, an authority on everything home related. To get more green living advice or to find information on home remodeling, home buying, or home selling, visit

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Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products at My Power Mall has many products, for example:

Citra-Solv: Just a splash of highly concentrated Citra-Solv in water makes a stellar all-purpose cleaner for kitchen or bath. Mix a stronger solution to clean and deodorize floors, or pour it on undiluted when you need a stain remover for fabrics, an oven cleaner that cuts grime or a biodegradable cleaner for your bike chain. Safe for porcelain, metal, tile and fabric. USA. has many products, for example:

Fresh & Natural Bathroom Cleaner
CONCENTRATED BIODEGRADABLE With traditional herbal antiseptic action
Quickly & Easily Removes Dirt & Grime * Cleans & Deodorizes Your Whole House * Works Well on Anything Washable * Safe for Cleaning Nurseries & Children''s Toys
Natural Ingredients: Australian tea tree & French lavender oils are traditional herbal antiseptics which deodorize & help prevent bacterial growth. These essential oils are blended with the highest quality vegetable-based cleansing agents to produce our Fresh & Natural Bathroom Cleaner. No artificial colors or fragrances have been added.
Environmentally Safe: This product is formulated to biodegrade quickly & completely. It contains no phosphatesm chlorine, or other environmentally harmful ingredients.
Concentrated: Life Tree products are concentrated so that you save on cost per use, carry less weight & use less packaging
Cruelty Free: No animal testing, no animal ingredients. has some products, for example:

Fresh Wave® Crystal Gel is ideal for eliminating odor from areas prone to constant smells. Just open the jar and set where odor is prevalent. Lasts 30-90 days depending on ambient air flow.
Fresh Wave products are a highly effective solution for maintaining clean, healthy air quality in the home. Safely neutralizes odors for the naturally green home. A natural solution for eliminating household and pet odors, the active ingredients are a proprietary blend of soya, extracts of lime, pine needle, aniseed, clove and cedarwood. Contains no harsh chemicals or harmful VOCs. There are no masking fragrances so they are safe for use around people and pets.

Instawares has some products, for example:

Grease Gobbler Green Industrial Strength Microbial Cleaner
Grease Gobbler Green (G3), is the Earth friendly way to clean, yet maintain grease free floors, traps, drains, and non-food preparation surfaces. Live Green, use Grease Gobbler! Features:
The specifically blended, natural microbes, safely and bio-chemically consumes grease.
G3 incorporates the new, fresh smelling, surfactant that meets with government approval and operates to break-down grease and fats.
The live bacteria in G3 eats grease, leaving behind a harmless fatty acid, water, and carbon dioxide.
The bacteria live and continually consume grease until the food source is gone. In drains, grease traps, and on floors, G3 eliminates grease build-up with normal use.
The live bacteria in G3 has a limited shelf life. Product should be used within one year from shipping. Five gallon bottle. has many products, for example:

Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwashing Gel Green Apple Scent
Gets dishes sparkling clean.
• Non-toxic• No chlorine• No phosphates• Biodegradable
This automatic dishwasher detergent gets your dishes sparkling clean yet is gentle on the Earth. This product contains only those ingredients that do not pose any chronic health risks and are safe for the environment.

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