Spring Cleaning (Part 1)

Here on the East Coast, the weather is warming up, flowers are starting to bloom, and the days are getting longer.  Chances are that some of us are starting to think about spring cleaning!  Consciously choosing our cleaning products is one of the ways we can make positive change in our lives and the world.  Firstly, you and your family will likely feel better in an environment with less chemicals.  You will be adding fewer chemicals to your community’s water supply by rinsing environmentally-friendly products down the drain.  And finally, your purchases will support companies whose goal is to make products that serve you and the environment.  Your budget on cleaning supplies, believe it or not, could be working against you in Congress.  What happens if you’re a staunch Democrat and the company that makes your cleaning supplies lobbies Republicans to ensure that their big business keeps its tax cuts and other benefits?

So, here goes – the products you absolutely want to avoid:

Clorox, Green Works, Pine Sol, Tilex, SOS, Glad, Liquid-Plumr, 409, Lysol, Easy-Off, Soft Scrub, Joy, Ivory, Swiffer, Dial, Mr. Clean, Dawn, Tide, Downy, Bounce, Gain, 20 Mule Team Borax, Cheer, Febreze. 

Products you can replace those with: Seventh Generation, Method, Dr. Bronner’s, Earth Friendly, Citri-Glow, Ecover, Mrs. Myers, Bon Ami

There may be some germophobes among you who shudder at the idea of giving up your abrasive chemicals since you’re sure that they are the only way to kill all the germs.  I promise you, your body was designed to handle some germs.  You encounter germs every day and fight them off.  Our ancestors lived in forests, deserts, and everywhere in between – they walked on dirt, touched outdoor things and dealt with germs every day.  Using natural products and hot water will keep your home and all your belongings cleaner and healthier.  It’ll actually make the environment healthier too!

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