I’ve used “eco-friendly” products that reeked of chemicals, and tried homemade cleaning solutions that did nothing more than make the apartment smell like vinegar. But there is hope for those who want a clean home that is free of harmful chemicals and unfavorable odors.
According to the blog Inhabitat, cleaning products are the number one cause of indoor pollution. So put down that Lysol Antibacterial Spray—it’s full of denatured ethanol, a potential cause of central nervous system depression. Inhabitat tells you what to look for in a green product with straightforward tips, such as, “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t use it.” The blog also suggests safe products.
Care2 lists “10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Clean the House.” In addition to replacing toxic products and learning the basics of nontoxic cleaning, the blog discusses disinfectants, what to know about your tap water, the ins and outs of mops and sponges, and other insightful tips.
Finally, Grist runs down the problems with dish soaps and all-purpose cleaners; drain, oven and toilet bowl cleaners; furniture and metal polishes; air fresheners and other perfumed products; and provides solutions.