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Green Cleaning for a Healthier Body, Home & Planet

Green goes with everything. There are many simple choices we can make everyday that add up to a less toxic home and body. A less toxic home equals a less toxic planet, as all those toxic chemicals lurking under your sink, in your bathrooms, and garage such as household cleaners, hair products, or paint are filled with harmful ingredients. As a mother I realize it is often us who are the caretaker of the home, so it is our responsibility to make good choices for our family’s health by choosing to make the following changes:

5 Steps for a Green and Clean Home

1)  For “Green Cleaning” remove all toxic cleaning products containing the following ingredients: Ammonia, Butyl Cellosolve, Formaldehyde, Hydrochloric Acid, Naphtha, Perchloroethylene, Petroleum Distillates, Phenols, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide (lye), Sodium Hypochlorite, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sulfuric Acid, and Tricholoroethane.

2)   Remove fragrant lotions and potions that may contain phthalates, petrochemicals such as coal tar, lead, Diethanolamine (DEA) or Triethanolamine (TEA).  Replace with perfume free and clinically tested all natural products without harmful chemicals.

3)   Buy organic and/or local and purchase fruits and vegetables while in season for higher nutrient level:  Look for the label “Certified Organic”. Especially important with the following fruits and vegetables which contain higher pesticides:  apples, peaches, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes.

4)   Stop using bottled water!  Poor testing and quality control may lead to water as contaminated as tap water and all those bottles are plugging our land fills and recycling depots.  Use a reverse osmosis water filtration in your home and fill a metal re-usable water bottle.

5)   Do your part to reduce fossil fuels by recycling everything, driving less, turning off the lights when not in a room, turning down the heat in your house or using a programmable thermostat for times when you are away, using appliances less, having shorter showers.

All of the above contribute to your ‘carbon footprint’.  Check out the carbon calculator at http://www.conservation.org/act/live_green/carboncalc/Pages/default.aspx

Make a decision today to go green and switch to green cleaning  for a healthier body, home and planet.