It is time to go eco with your cleaning routine. Did you know that the "clean smell" of most cleaners are some of the worst offenders polluting your indoor air quality. 

Where to start? You can check your current cleaning products on www.ewg.org.  Check out more info on how to go green with your cleaning supplies here: http://www.treehugger.com/htgg/how-to-go-green-cleaning.html

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, they drive consumer choice and civic action. You can search all products and their cleaning guide is very quick and easy to use to select non-toxic products. If it scores a 1, it is a good choice!  

http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/content/top_products  EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  

 

I have started making my own cleaning products. I use vinegar and water for my hardwood floors, straight vinegar on stainless steel, baking soda, peroxide and vinegar in the bathroom, and I dust with wet rags. I have also begun making my own laundry detergent, it is easy to do and cheaper as well! 

Home made laundry detergent

2 cups baking soda
2 cups washing soda
2 cups grated Dr Bronner's Castile soap - Baby Mild Unscented

Cut bars of soap and put in food processor until the soap is in very small pieces. Mix in baking soda and washing soda. Clothes come out clean and fresh with no artificial scents. You can add vinegar to the rinse cycle for a natural fabric softener. 

 

Natural glass and bathroom surface cleaner

Spray Bottle filled 1/2 with cheap vodka and 1/2 with water. Use newspaper or microfiber cloth. Great on bathroom sink and tub as well! Using vodka is safer than rubbing alcohol, after all it can be consumed, it has a less pungent smell, and when dries it leaves no residue!