It turns out that many cleaning products are far from earth-friendly. But my writing pal Trish Riley, an environmental journalist and coauthor of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Greening Your Business, assures me there are greener options. It’s a matter of knowing what to look for.
One of Trish’s favorite tricks is making her own cleaning solution with grapefruit essential oil, sold by health food stores and online retailers. “I put one-half teaspoon of grapefruit essential oil in a gallon of hot water,” she says. “First, I clean the counters with it. Then, I mop the floors with the remaining solution. It cleans well and leaves behind the most wonderful aroma.”
When purchasing store-bought products, Trish recommends becoming a savvy label reader. Look for key words that suggest a product may present health or environmental concerns. A partial list of red-flag words: danger/poison, corrosive, severely irritating, highly flammable, highly combustible, strong sensitizer.