Green Cleaning

Nylon's Many Uses

It seems that nylons only last a few uses before snagging! Don't fear though – these amazing accessories have many uses. You can put them over the end of a broom and use it as a duster that extends to those hard-to-reach places; you can use them to dust or polish your furniture or your shoes; you can save them to stake plants as well!

No Mo' Draino'

Save money and the earth by avoiding harsh chemical drain openers. Use this recipe instead: pour 1/4 cup baking soda down the drain, then add 1 cup vinegar. Cover for 15 minutes. Then rinse the drain with boiling water (and repeat if necessary). A plunger may be beneficial for a serious clog.

Formaldehyde Safety

Read labels on building products, cleaners, and cosmetics to look for formaldehyde, urea formaldehyde (UF), or phenol formaldehyde (PF). Also, avoid pressed woods or particleboard in favor of solid wood or antique/used wood furniture. Furthermore, choose clothing and bedding made of natural or organic fibers. And don't forget – when painting or applying oil polish, do it a in well-ventilated area!

Air Fresheners

Many air fresheners bought at the store (particularly those with pine, orange, and lemon scents) may emit harmful levels of toxic pollutants, especially when used repeatedly or in small, poorly ventilated rooms, according to Berkeley researchers. Make sure your home is free of these air fresheners!

A Clean Keyboard and a Clean Earth

No one likes a gross keyboard, but whencleaning your keyboard, do so in a sustainable manner! Forget traditional keyboard cleaners, which are full of toxic chemicals and greenhouse gases. Instead, turn your keyboard upside over a trash can, then run a strip of double-sided table between the keys. Or, buy a refillable duster that can be refreshed with a bicycle pump.