Green Cleaning For Dummies
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Switching to greener cleaning practices can make your home a healthier place and save you money. Make the following easy, earth-friendly changes part of your green-clean lifestyle and you can reduce your carbon footprint at home.

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Running a load of wash in a hot dryer. Hang the laundry on the clothes line and let solar power do the work.
Burning scented, petroleum-based wax candles or spraying room freshener. Neutralize room smells by using baking soda as an odor absorber or burn soy or beeswax candles with natural scents.
Tossing kitchen scraps down the disposal or out in the trash. Put vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, eggshells, and non-animal scraps in a compost bin for great garden food.
Cleaning counters with single-use, cleaner-soaked wipes and then toss. Grab a cloth rag — part of an old towel or diaper — to scrub down the counter and then toss in the wash.
Turning the washer temperature to hot to get the dirtiest of clothes clean. Use cold water wash, presoaking or using a laundry booster, such as borax or washing soda, as needed, and watch your clothes maintain their color and last longer.
Using an antibacterial hand soap that promises to annihilate all dirt and germs from your skin. Wash hands with a plant-based castile or bar soap that does a thorough job of wiping out virtually all germs.
Spraying your shower wall with a cleaner that you know is killing all the germs — because it’s nearly killing you as you breathe in acrid chemical odors. Use a homemade or green, natural cleaner to get your shower clean. You may have to put in a little more elbow grease, but you’ve now got the lungpower to breathe through the workout.

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Elizabeth B. Goldsmith, PhD, is a professor and Fulbright Scholar with expertise in work and family, consumer economics, and healthy indoor environments.

Betsy Sheldon is a lifestyles author and editor with a passion for sustainability issues.

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