Spring cleaning has been on my mind and in my blog for the past few weeks and this week is no exception. Last year, I received my green designation from the National Association of Realtors and with it, I’ve assumed a responsibility to inform and promote green practices when and where I can. Well, when is today, and where is right here!
Today’s blog is to remind you that all of that Spring cleaning you’ve planned should honor the season of renewal and rebirth by refreshing your home with natural, non-toxic products that won’t harm you, your pets, or the environment.
If you haven’t tried green cleaning products yet, you’re in for a treat! The scent is typically citrus, and not the faux lemon of that furniture polish that shall remain nameless! Besides smelling good, they work just as well as their chemical cousins. And you don’t have to make a special trip to get them; they’re right in your grocery store. Actually, you might not need to buy anything at all. Baking soda and white vinegar with a little warm water and you’ll be able to clean almost anything!
So, give green cleaning a try. And if you’ve got a cleaning service to help you out, request that they use green products in your home. For more information on green cleaning, click here. And just in case you still need convincing, take a look at these statistics (from Treehugger.com):
•17,000: the number of petrochemicals available for home use, only 30 percent of which have been tested for exposure to human health and the environment.
•63: the number of synthetic chemical products found in the average American home, translating to roughly 10 gallons of harmful chemicals.
•100: the number of times higher that indoor air pollution levels can be above outdoor air pollution levels, according to US EPA estimates.
•275: the number of active ingredients in antimicrobials that the EPA classifies as pesticides because they are designed to kill microbes.