- “NonToxic Housecleaning (Chelsea Green Guides)” by Amy Kolb Noyes
- “Squeaky Green: The Method Guide to Detoxifying your Home” by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry
- “The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning” by Karyn Siegel-Maier
- “GREEN CLEAN: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home” by Linda Mason Hunter and Mikki Halpin
- “Green Housekeeping” by Ellen Sandbeck
- “The Joy of Green Cleaning” by Lindsey Reichert
- “Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life” by Sophie Uliano
- “Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet” by Sloan BarnettNAME
Eco Tips / Take Action
- Air inside the home has been found to have five times higher toxic chemical concentrations that outdoors air. CLEAN GREEN! Also, open windows and enjoy the great outdoors a little more.
- No legal requirements exist for ingredient labeling on household cleaning products. As a result, consumers have limited access to information about which products contain chemicals ingredients they may wish to avoid. Buy only from companies that list all product ingredients on the package.
- Chemicals in cleaning products can pollute the environment when sprayed in the air or washed down the drain, jeopardizing the health of our ecosystems. Look for products that avoid artificial brighteners and artificial fragrance, or make your own.
- The United States Geological Survey found breakdown products of laundry detergents in 70% of North American streams. These chemicals can cause harm to fish, frogs, turtles and other aquatic life. Be conscious of the ingredients in the products you use, and where they might end up. They can affect both our bodies and our planet.
- Look for cleaners, laundry detergents, and personal care products labeled “fragrance free” Warning: “unscented” does not mean fragrance-free! Synthetic fragrance can be made up hundreds of chemicals, all of which are kept secret from consumers. Common fragrance chemicals include phthalates (reproductive and developmental harm) and synthetic musks (break down the body’s defenses against other toxic exposures, linked to increased risk of breast cancer).
- Avoid anti-bacterial hand soap with triclosan listed on the label. Reduce your use of disinfectant products. Triclosan is a hormone disruptor that builds up in our bodies, and it’s been found in blood and breast milk. Studies show that it?s actually no more effective at removing germs or preventing illness that plain soap and water.
- Take of your shoes before entering your house to avoid tracking in oils and chemicals from the street outside. Use a door mat to catch dirt at the door. Dust with a micro-fiber cloth or wet cloth and vacuum your house regularly (with a HEPA-filter vacuum if you can). Shoes can track in toxic chemicals like lawn pesticides, coal tar from a driveway, etc. Dust carries harmful chemicals that shed off of household furniture, electronics, and other household products.
- Conventional dryer sheets often contain extremely toxic ingredients that over stimulate the nervous system. Many also contain formaldehyde?the stuff that preserved your frog during 8th grade biology. Use dryer sheets made without toxic chemicals and made with recycled paper.
- Many laundry detergents also contain air fresheners. These air fresheners contain nerve-deadening agents, and are linked to asthma, dermatitis and various respiratory disorders. Buy perfume-free detergents. These will clean without the risk of harmful smell effects.
- Fighting stains? Forget the chlorine bleach. Chlorine can irritate the nose, throat and skin. Try using chlorine-free bleach as a greener alternative. You can also use lemon juice and hot water. And hanging white clothes to dry in the sun will make them brighter.
- Many types of bacteria are beneficial and necessary. In fact, our overuse of anti bacterial products causes bacteria to evolve and become resistant to our cleaners. Only use when necessary! And avoid the ingredient triclosan. It is not necessary to purchase anti bacterial hand soap. Make your next purchase a soap without the anti bacterial label.
- Perchloroethylene: A colorless liquid used for dry cleaning. It is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a 2A carcinogen. It not only damages the Central Nervous System, but is also a soil contaminant. Support eco friendly dry cleaning stores! Ask if they use perchloroethylene before deciding to get your clothes dry cleaned.
- Chemicals in cleaning products are linked to reproductive harm as well as irritation and a number of other health problems. Housewives, who spend more time at home where the air is full of chemicals, have a 55% higher risk of contracting cancer. Switch your products from toxic to green to ensure a healthy home.