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It may be mid-summer, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on those spring cleaning goals you never got around to. And while you’re at it, why not use green, environment-friendly cleaning products?

We often overlook the fact that many cleaning products contain toxins that do the environment more harm than good. Cleaners contain ingredients like sodium hydroxide, ammonia, and phthalates. These ingredients may help to make the house a little cleaner, but are actually harmful to your health and the environment. For example, according to the Organic Consumers Association, “After bubbly cleaning liquids disappear down our drains, they are treated along with sewage and other waste water at municipal treatment plants, then discharged into nearby waterways.”

So what can we do? We all want to keep our homes clean and beautiful, but we also want to keep the environment clean and beautiful. The good news is that you don’t have to choose one and sacrifice the other! You can make cleaning choices that keep you and the environment healthy! Before you take on those spring (now summer) cleaning chores, take a look at this helpful article by environmental journalist Morgana Matus:

Greening Your Cleaning Routine


Organic Consumers Association. (n.d.). How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaning Supplies? Retrieved from