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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Alternative cleaning supplies

Alternative cleaning products is now a big business. And when business gets big, it also gets confusing. The bottom line is that we need to look for products to use in our homes that are good for the earth and better for our health.

We have a choice of purchasing ready to go products, such as those seen here or mixing our own. Obviously, the ready to go products are convenient. Mixing your own can be as simple as water and baking soda or get complicated with several different ingredients. More importantly, you need to know what NOT to mix with what. For those who want recipes, try or You can also find dozens of books on the subject at Amazon or your local bookstore.

Choosing less hazardous products that have positive environmental attributes (e.g., biodegradability, low toxicity, low volatile organic compound (VOC) content, reduced packaging, low life cycle energy use) is ultimately the goal.

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