Friday, September 22, 2006

Window Clearner Leaving You Blue

(from 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.

The Benefits:

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.

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