A Guide to Enzyme Cleaners

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A Guide to Enzyme Cleaners. The truth is that many common household cleansers contain toxic chemicals that are dangerous both to you and the environment. What are enzyme cleaners? Enzymes are biological compounds that help speed up chemical reactions, which makes them perfect for cleaning up household messes. Enzyme cleaners are non-toxic and biodegradable, meaning they are safe to use in any area of your home. Most of us have cabinets full of cleaning products.

Toxins in Common Household Cleaning Products

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Toxins in Common Household Cleaning Products. It’s a common sight in most households: a cabinet full of colorful bottles that promise to degrease your kitchen, remove soap scum from the shower, or get grass stains out of a shirt. It can seem impossible to sort out what’s dangerous, both to your family and the environment, so below we’ve compiled a list the hazardous chemicals that can be found in household cleaning products.

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The Dangers of Household Mold

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The Dangers of Household Mold. Most mold can be removed from hard surfaces with simple soap and water (be sure to use an eco-friendly cleaner to avoid introducing hazardous chemicals into your home). Tagged: air quality test kit , clean air , Cleaning , environmental products , green cleaning , green living , health , household products. What Is Mold?

Tips for Cleaner Indoor Air

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Tips for Cleaner Indoor Air. Paints and paint thinner are other common household items that release VOCs, so store them in well-ventilated areas away from your home like a garage or storage shed. If you find mold, it can be cleaned with soap and water or a non-toxic enzyme cleaner , but be sure to wear a mask while cleaning to prevent inhalation of spores.

Detox Your Home: Reconsidering Household Cleaners

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The average household has 3 – 25 gallons of toxic materials in the house , most of which are cleaning products. A European study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine , found that regular use of common household cleaning sprays was linked to a 30 – 50% increased risk of asthma - YIKES! Diethylene Glycol - found in window cleaners, depresses the nervous system.

35 Dangerous Household Cleaning Products You Need to Avoid

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There is danger under the kitchen and bathroom: here's a report that details 35 Dangerous Household Cleaning Products You Need to Avoid using in your home. The post 35 Dangerous Household Cleaning Products You Need to Avoid appeared first on Green Living Ideas. Green Lifestyle chemicals cleaning diy green living healthy home household cleaners

5 Tips for Non-toxic Cleaning of Household Mold

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5 Tips for Non-toxic Cleaning of Household Mold. Fortunately, once you spot household mold it’s usually easy to get rid of. If you have mold on indoor household surfaces like walls or tile, be sure to cover the surrounding areas before you clean to help prevent the spread of spores through the rest of your house. A simple, homemade mixture of vinegar and water will get rid of most household molds and is especially good for soaking moldy fabrics.

Top 5 Household Chemicals to Avoid + 10 Awesome Green Cleaning Solutions

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Here are the top 5 household cleaners to avoid and 10 ways you can green your cleaning routine, with information reposted from Women's Voice for the Earth. The post Top 5 Household Chemicals to Avoid + 10 Awesome Green Cleaning Solutions appeared first on Green Living Ideas. Eco Home Living chemical exposure cleaning diy homemade cleaning products household chemicals natural cleaning

VACUUM CLEANERS SUCK AT ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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The vacuum cleaner is one of the highest power consuming appliances a household will own and whilst fuel prices are out of the consumers’ control, long term energy savings can be made by identifying household energy drains, adopting lifestyle changes and investing in energy efficient technologies that will not only save energy but also pounds in the pocket. He comments: “Of all the products in your home, the vacuum cleaner is easily the most wasteful of energy.

Who needs a maid? Houseplants are powerful cleaners.

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Everyday household items and most interior building finishes and accessories are chock full of chemicals that off-gas as products age. Ammonia is an ingredient in floor wax, fertilizers, window cleaners, and air fragrances. The brainiacs at NASA conducted a long-ago study on the impact of common house plants on indoor air pollution. Their findings are as relevant today as when first released in 1989: easily grown indoor gardens can work wonders in filtering airborne toxins.

Banned in the UK: Animal Testing for Household Products

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In Britian, the use of animal testing for cosmetics has been banned since 2008 and now in 2011 the country is finally taking steps to ban animal testing for household products. According to the Daily Mail , animal testing for household products will be subject to the same rules that the cosmetic industry has to abide by. Commercial companies are the ones testing products like detergents, air fresheners, paints, polishers and all manner of household products on animals.

Cleaner Cookstoves for a Cooler Planet

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Half the world’s households prepare their meals over open fires or with jerry-rigged cookers fueled by scrap wood, coal, combustible waste and dung. For decades, aid advocates insisted that more efficient stoves using cleaner fuels could eradicate the problem in underdeveloped communities where electricity was unreliable and fuel supplies scarce. Nearly 3 billion people lack safe and efficient cooking gear. It’s time to make the problem in the kitchen sexier.

Vacuum Cleaners Crawl out of the Waters

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Next Chapter of Vac from the Sea Initiative Revealed Electrolux has revealed five unique vacuum cleaners that have been made from plastic waste collected from the world’s oceans. Each of the vacuum cleaner demos represents the ocean from which the plastic originates. Today, Electrolux offers Green Range vacuum cleaners with up to 70% post consumer recycled plastic. The Pacific Edition concept vacuum cleaner is made up of the drifting plastic grain that fills our oceans.

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Living In a Toxic World

Then I spotted a headline "Hospitals warned about 'green' cleaners". Tags: household hazards harmful products green washing Green cleaning products have stormed the marketplace in recent years. I use vinegar , baking soda, tea tree oil and a lot of elbow grease to clean around the house. Read the article for yourself but my interpretation is that greenwashing of products has created the problem to some degree.

Toys to Avoid

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Tagged: ecofriendly , environmental products , health , household products , natural , nursery gentle cleaner. Going Green Green Health Household ecofriendly environmental products health household products natural nursery gentle cleanerToys to Avoid. Playtime is a big part of any child’s life, and every parent wants to be sure that all the toys they buy – from a favorite doll to the rubber ducky in the bathtub – are both fun and safe.

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Benefits of Making Homemade Cleaners. ~ Sarka-Jonae Miller.

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Benefits of Making Homemade Cleaners. Synthetic household products contain harmful chemicals that react with ozone from the air, creating toxins like formaldehyde. Using green cleaning products is also better for the environment; buying natural cleaning products helps to support green companies , but if cost is an issue people can still participate in eco-friendly cleaning practices by making homemade cleaners. Make an all-purpose cleaner by combining: 1/4 cup baking soda.

New Year’s Resolution #7 – Reduce Your Chlorine Use

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Chlorine-free cleaners are also available for home pools and spas. White paper can easily be manufactured using non-chlorine bleaches, but so far economic pressures have prevented companies from switching to cleaner methods. Instead look for cleaners that use either CO 2 or a chlorine-free wet cleaning method. Swap out chlorine bleaches for oxygen-based cleaners. • Chose eco-friendly dry cleaners that use CO 2 or a wet cleaning method.

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Non-Toxic Cleaners

Living In a Toxic World

I want to write about non-toxic cleaners. That was around the time of our first child so I figured a good first post after our second would be about non-toxic cleaners. Lifehacker has recently posted about making a non-toxic cleaning kit for your home and according to the article these cleaners are significantly less expensive. Tags: household hazards toxins health harmful products chemical exposure It has been a while since I last wrote.

How To Make Green Cleaning Products At Home

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Here are a few of the recipes I use to replace toxic store-bought cleaners. Vinegar, the original all-purpose cleaner. Vinegar has been around for thousands of years, and is still one of your best options for a cheap and easy homemade cleaner. Tagged: Cleaning , environmental products , green cleaning , green living , household products. How To Make Green Cleaning Products At Home. Clean Green!

What to Look for in Green Cleaning Products

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Most household cleaning products contain a variety of manufactured chemicals that are potentially hazardous to the health of your family and the environment. General Cleaners. Be sure to avoid cleaners containing phosphates, chlorine, and VOCs, all of which are toxic to humans or damaging to the environment. These naturally occurring substances make excellent all-purpose cleaners for the kitchen and bathroom. Enzyme Cleaners.

Recipes with lemons and limes to get your dirt out!

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Many ingredients found in common household cleaning products, like chlorine, ammonia, lye, sodium hydroxide, and propylene glycol n-propyl ether may cause lung irritation, eye and skin burn, increase the risk of asthma, and boost allergies. The research found that the most acutely hazardous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners, as they contain very aggressive substances to be more effective.

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20 Uses for Vinegar

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A mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water is a great all-purpose cleaner for bathrooms and kitchens. A mixture of vinegar, water, and rubbing alcohol is a great alternative to toxic glass cleaners. Tagged: Cleaning , ecofriendly , green cleaning , health , household products , water conservation. 20 Ways to Use Vinegar At Home.

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DIY (Almost) All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

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This is my go-to, reach-for cleaner for almost any kind of grime almost anywhere in my house. DIY (do-it-yourself) Projects Eco Friendly Home Maintenance Eco Friendly Household Goods Eco Home Living Green Housecleaning Green Inspirations Green Lifestyle Green Resources Organic Recipes Simple Living all-purpose cleaner diy natural Natural cleanser organic surface

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8 Green Items Every Home Should Have

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To keep your home safe while you clean, look for natural cleaners that use citrus, enzymes, or oxygen instead of harsh chemicals. If you don’t have access to outdoor space, look for smaller bins designed for indoors or find an industrial compost site in your area that accepts household waste. 8 Green Items Every Home Should Have. Greening your home can be a daunting process.

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4 Things That Should Never Go Down The Drain

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A household drain can seem like a convenient way to get rid of unwanted liquid waste – we’ve all been tempted to flush away dirty mop water or to just dump cooking oil down the sink and be done with it. You can also replace nasty, toxic cleaning supplies with eco-friendly cleaners made with enzymes , citrus , or oxygen. Tagged: biodegradable , Cleaning , compostable , compostables , composting , ecofriendly , environmental products , green cleaning , household products , kitchen.

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Keep Our Environment Clean

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Even the water you send down the drain can be dangerous when it deposits chemical cleaners and organic waste in rivers and lakes. Tagged: biodegradable , clean air , Cleaning , compostable , ecofriendly , environmental products , going green , green cleaning , green home , green living , household products , natural , organic , Recycling , water conservation. Keep Our Environment Clean.

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Cleaning Up the Toxins in Your Home

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These agents, which range from glass and surface cleaners to floor cleaners and air fresheners, can make you – and your family – sicker than living in a grass hut with a dirt floor. Biokleen Glass Cleaner. Many household cleaners, on the other hand, can make you sick if you breathe too much of their odor while using them. Tagged: biodegradable , Cleaning , ecofriendly , green cleaning , green living , household products.

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How to Filter Water at Home

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Carbon filters need time to work, so the longer you leave water in contact with the filter the cleaner your water will be. Tagged: ecofriendly , environmental products , going green , green home , Home Improvement , household products , water conservation , water filters. Going Green Green Health Home Improvement Household ecofriendly environmental products going green green home household products water conservation water filtersHow to Filter Water at Home.

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8 Chemicals To Avoid While Doing The Dishes

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This is the chemical that often qualifies a cleaner as “antibacterial” However, this chemical is hazardous to our hormones and disrupts our body’s natural thyroid and endocrin systems. You can also avoid adding chemicals to the water system by using this natural drain cleaner or skip the chemicals all together by using a sink plunger !

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Green Holiday Cleanup

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Use eco-friendly cleaners. Common household cleaning products contain a variety of toxic and dangerous chemicals. So this holiday, get your house ready for friends and family using eco-friendly cleaners. Cleaning Going Green Home Improvement HouseholdThe holidays are a busy and exciting time, but all that fun can make a big mess.

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A Guide to Green Carpeting

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An allergy vacuum will pick up small particles that regular vacuums leave behind while a steam cleaner used with a green carpet shampoo is great for getting rid of stains and for sanitizing your carpet. And if you’ve got pets, an enzyme spot cleaner will break down the mess your dog or cat leaves behind and do away with stains and odors. Tagged: carpet , environmental products , green cleaning , green home , green living , health , Home Improvement , household products.

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11 Uses for Salt

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Salt is another household staple that offers a lot of uses beyond its intended one. Make your own “scrubbing bubbles” cleaner. Avoid chlorine-based harsh scrubbers by making your own one-ingredient abrasive cleaner. Make a natural oven cleaner. household tips salt You may already know that salt is a natural abrasive, which makes it good for scrubbing hard-to-clean surfaces, but did you know it can also soak up stains, treat canker sores and brighten laundry?

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How Hazardous is Chlorine?

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Household cleaners, vinyl, plastics, wood pulp, and recycled paper, swimming pools and washing machines all contain chlorine in one form or another. Use chlorine-free household cleaning products. ALLERGY HEALTH SENSITIVE Cleaning Green Health Household NON-TOXIC BIO-BASED chlorine free cleaning system Chlorine Free Detergent How Hazardous is Chlorine How Hazardous is Chlorine?

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Bio “degrade” that Grease Away

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Only $24, Charlie’s soap cleaning kit contains three amazing cleaning products you cannot be without – Laundry Powder, All Purpose Cleaner and a Pocket cleaner! Tagged: green cleaning , household products , kitchen , soap. Cleaning Green Executives Speak Out Household green cleaning household products kitchen soapBiodegradable. Hypo-Allergenic. Phosphate Free. What more is there is say?

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Bio “degrade” that Grease Away

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Only $24, Charlie’s soap cleaning kit contains three amazing cleaning products you cannot be without – Laundry Powder, All Purpose Cleaner and a Pocket cleaner! Tagged: green cleaning , household products , kitchen , soap. Cleaning Green Executives Speak Out Household green cleaning household products kitchen soapBiodegradable. Hypo-Allergenic. Phosphate Free. What more is there is say?

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Eco-friendly Ways to Prepare Your House for a New Baby

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Replace harsh chemical cleaners with green alternatives . Unfortunately, most common household cleaners contain a variety of chemicals that are harmful to the health of you and your baby. Traditional carpet cleaning services use a cocktail of noxious chemicals, so look for environmentally friendly carpet cleaning services or do it yourself using a steam cleaner and green carpet shampoo. Pregnancy is an exciting but stressful time.

Best green household products must for every home

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Best green household products must for every home. In keeping with increasing demand for green products, manufacturers of household items are rolling out eco friendly and useful objects designed to making life easy. Household chores can leave your hands smelling far from sweet. Cardboard vacuum cleaner. It’s a known fact that vacuum cleaners, while highly efficient, are made out of many non-biodegradable plastic components. Please login. Sign In.

A Guide to Bagasse

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Bagasse is much cleaner burning than fossil fuels and is considered carbon neutral since the amount of carbon released is the same as the amount of carbon the plants absorbed during growth. Composting Going Green Green Business Household Office Supplies Recycling bagasse composting eco-friendly green business products paper productsA Guide to Bagasse. Bagasse Bowls. Waste disposal is one of the most important problems facing anyone who wants to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.

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When Did We Forget We Had Hands?

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Items such as computers, ceiling fans, halogen torchiere lamps, vacuum cleaners, electric skillets, dehumidifiers, waterbed heaters, electric toothbrushes, hot tubs, video tape recorders, microwave ovens and stereos – all bunched under a category power companies and the U.S. Many of these appliances continue to use energy even when off, and can consume nearly 20 percent of a household’s electricity budget. Tagged: energy efficient , going green , green living , household products.

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5 Ways to Green Your Pool (and keep it clean)

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Alternative methods like eco-friendly pool and spa cleaners that use oxygen instead of chlorine or systems that use oxidation or ionization will clean pool water without dangerous fumes and environmental damage. ALLERGY HEALTH SENSITIVE Going Green Household NON-TOXIC BIO-BASED WATER ENERGY EFFICIENT chlorine free cleaning system Cleaning eco-friendly products non-toxic5 Ways to Green Your Pool (and keep it clean). Swim clean and green!

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Killer Fungi

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In fact, stachybotrys is perfectly happy snapping up material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, which means it is well fed on ordinary household items such as fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. In fact, Stachybotrys is more common that you can imagine, following the lead of such garden variety household molds as Cladosporium, Penicillium (yes, you read that right), Aspergillus and Alternaria. Killer Fungi.

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What It Means To Be Socially Conscious

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Then bring the green inside by choosing non-toxic household insect repellants that aren’t repellant simply because they smell yucky! If you wonder why, take your store-bought bottle of all-purpose cleaner and read the ingredients. More than ten, or with ingredients that you can’t even pronounce, these “dirty” cleaners may or may not clean your home today, but many are certain to affect your family’s health forever. What It Means To Be Socially Conscious.

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10 Ways to Green Your Kitchen

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household waste in 2010 – that’s more than any other material! Avoid noxious fumes and environmentally damaging chemical cleaners by switching to green cleaning products. Tagged: compostable , composting , green cleaning , green home , Green kids , green living , household products , kitchen , recycled material , recycled plastic , water conservation. 10 Ways to Green Your Kitchen. Green your kitchen! The kitchen is often the center of a home.

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