User login

A Community of Green Bloggers & Activists

Friday Morning Quick Hits | Green Cleaning Guide

Good morning and welcome to the last day of the work week.  Hopefully, you had a productive, stress-free (or as much as possible) week and are anxiously awaiting the weekend.  I know I am, but there is a little trepidation.  The reason being simply is that the work never really ends on Friday, but continues throughout the weekend.  I always seem to have a list of chores and number one on that list is cleaning.  I know for many of you (folks like my beautiful wife whom I adore) cleaning is a fun activity all in itself.  So for my fun Friday quick hits I am focusing on some great cleaning links to help make your weekend cleaning spree less harmful to the environment.  I will not make any guarantees on your back or knees.

How to Make Green Household Cleaners: What do baking soda, club soda and vinegar all have in common?  They are all acidic cleaners, but each with their own special purpose.  The folks at e-How put together a list of eight cleaning products that you can make yourself and what type of cleaning each is best suited for.  A great starter list that is only expanded by...

25 Safe, Non-toxic, Homemade Cleaning Supplies: This article from treehuggingfamily contains a plethora of additional easy to make cleaning supplies.  For example, what do you do with that disgusting bachelor pad toilet?  You simply spray some vinegar around the bowl, sprinkle baking soda and scrub away.

How green are green household cleaners?: If you do decide to use cleaners then Cristen Conger has put together a valuable article for you describing the benefits and how to make decisions when your shopping.  But what about specific items?


Top Household Cleaner: Once again, I will sing the praises of the Good Guide.  This essential resource, that I previously wrote about here, is a guide to products found in any grocery store.  Good Guide gives them a rating based on health, environmental and societal performance on a scale of 1-10.  All the prices are listed and sometimes it is surprising to see which products are the best.  For example, the popular Fantastik cleaner (only $4.99) receives a great grade of 8.1!  So do some detective work at the easy to use site and come up with a list before you go to the store.

Food Scrap Recycling: Finally, I wanted to inform everyone that they might be throwing away a lot more food items then they need to.  For example, in the place where I live (Alameda County, CA) we have a green waste recycling program.  These programs are very popular across the United States and provide a great solution for grass and tree clippings.  But what most people don't realize is that these bins may also be filled with another waste item, food scraps.  The reason for this is that food scraps can be part of a compost pile just like green waste, thus lumping all this bio-degradable material together reduces the amount going into the landfill.  Please check out this site from for a quick guide and call up your local garbage company to find out if you can fill the green bin with chicken bones.