Friday, September 22, 2006
(from www.Idealbite.com tip library)
We’ve never been able to figure out why so many glass cleaners are blue, but in our quest for shiny floors and streak-free windows, the clear winners are actually green.
Soothe your frazzled nerves. Neon-colored glass cleaner may contain nerve-damaging butyl cellosolve and ammonia. Buy non-toxic, or check out Wanna Try for a DIY recipe.
Old newspapers offer a streak- and lint-free alternative to paper towels for cleaning windows.
Avoid disinfecting floor cleaners without getting down & dirty. A 2002 study found disinfectants in 66% of U.S. streams sampled.
Wipe out. North Americans threw away 83,000 tons of wet and dry disposable wipes - some of which also contain chemicals - in 2004.
Safe Home Products SH-Mop - Swiffer-like beauty uses two kinds of washable elasticized covers—terrycloth “Sh-Wipes” for wet mopping and microfiber for dry ($12.50/starter kit).
Earth Friendly Lavender Window Kleener - also good for streak-free mirrors ($4/22 oz).
Ecover Natural Floor Soap - concentrated with natural linseed oil; great for no-wax floors, tile, marble, slate and natural linoleum ($4/32 oz).
Seventh Generation Carpet Cleaner - spot and stain remover made with natural citrus and hydrogen peroxide ($5/32 oz).
Green Brands - UK Biters can hook up Earth-friendly products here. Make your own glass cleaner by mixing 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.