Green Alternatives for Conventional Cleaning Practices
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.
|Old Way||Green Way|
|Running a load of wash in a hot dryer.||Hang the laundry on the clothes line and let solar power do the
|Burning scented, petroleum-based wax candles or spraying room
|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
|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
|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
|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