Greener Is Cleaner Week 5: Clean More with Less--and Faster!
This week, learn how to streamline your list of cleaning products to have easier, more effective cleaning sessions.
“One thing is proven,” says Linda Cobb, the Queen of Clean®, “we’re opening up seven cleaning products every time we clean. Our children are having more asthma and allergies then ever before.” Now that you’re getting into a deep cleaning routine, it’s time to reevaluate your tools.
Favorite Products to Clean Green
Take a look at Cobb’s eight minimalist cleaning essentials:
1. All-purpose product: Lamb’s wool telescope duster and dust mitt.
What it will clean: Wood and painted furniture, hard-to-reach spaces, the coffee table, electronics, Baby’s crib.
What it will replace: Spray polishes, which “really aren’t good for your furniture and shouldn’t be used all the time,” says Cobb.
2. All-purpose product: Natural microfiber cloth.
What it will clean: Hard surfaces, using nothing but water.
What it will replace: Cleaning sprays, disinfecting foams, and disposable dusting cloths.
3. All-purpose product: Multi-surface, compostable (biodegradable) pre-moistened wipes—unscented if possible.
What it will clean: Bathroom and kitchen surfaces, or anything messy like grimy baby finger prints.
What it will replace: Small disposable wipes or paper towels.
4. All-purpose product: Spray bottle of vinegar and water.
What it will clean: Hard surfaces, with one exception—don’t use vinegar on granite. Use on windows, kitchen and bathroom drains, coffee pot. Will cut through soap scum. Add a half cup of white vinegar to your laundry rinse cycle for truer colors, static reduction, and fabric softening.
What it will replace: Most hard surface cleaners. You can drop anti-cling sheets and fabric softeners from your shopping list as well.
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