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Green cleaning products
You can’t clean without the products. But before you run to the store to stock up on harsh, chemical-laden cleaners, consider eco-friendly alternatives instead. Eco-friendly cleaners typically contain natural, organic, non-toxic, chemical-free or biodegradable ingredients for all the clean without the environmental impact.
Seventh Generation, Shaklee, Eco-Me and J.R. Watkins Naturals all sell eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning supplies and many are available wherever cleaning products are sold. Or you can make your cleaners at home using a prepackaged kit, like this one from Elizabeth’s Kind Cafe.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also whip up a few eco-friendly cleaning products from scratch using common household ingredients like vinegar, salt, lemon juice and baking soda. Check out our guide to mixing up your own all-natural laundry detergent, tile and grout cleaner, glass cleaner and more.
Unless a cleaning product is marked “biodegradable,” avoid dumping half-full bottles down the drain or tossing them in the trash. Instead, clean with the product until it’s used up, rinse the bottle and recycle it. Or use Earth911 to find household cleaner recycling options near you.