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October, 2012

How to Clean with Green

How to Clean with Green

Everyone's talking about "green" cleaning products and eco-friendly practices these days. Do they really make a difference? In a word, yes. Mops connected to plastic or metal rods, buckets made of non-recycled products, and non-degradable cloths and rags just end up in the local landfill. Cleaning tools with toxic chemicals and non-recycled plastic are not the way to go when it comes to cleaning. The following eco-friendly products are sustainable and better for your health:

Casabella Buckets

Made from recycled soda bottles, this bright green bucket will attractively hold sudsy water and eco-friendly cleaning products. It's part of the eclipseâ„¢ series that also includes a set of interchangeable cleaning heads that snap onto a pole made from 30% recycled aluminum. Its easy-pour spout is a helpful feature. $13.99 at www.casabella.com

Method Soap

Method cleaning products work for you and for the planet. Not only are they biodegradable, nontoxic, and not tested on animals, they use natural, renewable ingredients to get the job done. The attractive packaging, created by world-renowned designer Joshua Handy, is even made from 100% recycled plastic. All-Purpose Cleaner with Powergreen Technology $3.99 www.methodhome.com

Fruits & Passion Household Care Products

Using genuine plant extracts and active ingredients, Fruits & Passion is a master perfumer that offers scented body and home products. Their "Cucina and Ambiance" line, carefully developed with respect for the environment, offers household cleaning products with refreshing scents such as Lime Zest, Sanguinelli Orange, and Ginger and Sicilian Lemon. www.fruits-passion.com

Scotch Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge

Scotch Brite's Greener Clean Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge can outlast more than 30 rolls of paper towels. Made from 100% plant-based fibers (with 50% of its scrubbing fibers made from the agave plant), this reusable sponge can be sanitized in the dishwasher, adding to your peace of mind. www.scotch-bright.com

Euro-Pro® Shark® Steam Pocketâ„¢ Mop

There's no need to waste disposable cleaning cloths and use harsh chemicals when you use the Euro Pro Shark Steam Pocket Mop. Releasing super-heated steam to effectively clean and sanitize at the same time, it comes with two washable triple-action microfiber pads and can be used on all sealed and pre-sealed hard floor surfaces. $159.80 at www.sharkclean.com

SKOY

The SKOY cloth is an absorbent, biodegradable and natural multi-use cloth that's ideal for cleaning surfaces in your kitchen, bathroom and most areas in your home. SKOY has an absorption factor of 15X its own weight. Cleaning with it is similar to using 15 sheets of quality paper towels at once. Due to its reusability factor, SKOY is an excellent choice for your wallet and the environment. 4-pack mixed colors with flower print $6.99 at www.skoycloth.com

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