Green cleaning isn’t just about being environmentally friendly, it can also have a profound effect on your heath. Many of the cleaning products used in everyday cleaning are loaded with chemicals, and these can often cause respiratory problems and other health issues. Going green will reduce your exposure to these toxic chemicals, and it’s actually a lot easier than you may think.

We’ve put together a few simple tips that will put you on the path to having a healthier and more environmentally friendly home:

1. Instead of using paper towels and disposable wipes for cleaning chores, invest in some good quality towels that can be washed and reused.

2. Whenever you can, avoid the use of chemicals when cleaning. Microfiber towels can work wonders on everything from dusting to cleaning mirrors, and they will often get the job done without you needing to use any chemicals or spray cleaners.

3. When choosing your home’s cleaning supplies, check the labels and go with products that are biodegradable and “phosphate free”. Nowadays there are tons of cleaning products that are environmentally friendly, from laundry detergent to glass cleaners. These products are often not much more expensive than traditional cleaning supplies, and they can make a huge difference.

4. Make your own homemade cleaning supplies. Even the biggest messes and toughest stains can be attacked effectively with baking soda, borax, lemon juice and other simple ingredients. www.ecocycle.org is a great place to find some simple recipes.

Happy cleaning!

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