The #SustainableIRL Series at Old World New is highlighting a new eco-friendly theme each month in 2019. January is all about eco-friendly cleaning. Here’s the round up of eco-friendly cleaning resources from Old World New, other blogs, and books. Join the Sustainable IRL Facebook Group to keep the conversation going.
- A 20 year Norwegian study has shown that inhaling cleaning products can be just as bad as smoking 20 cigarettes a day. (source)
- A combination of household cleaning supplies, paints, and perfumes have been found to be as high of a contributor to air pollution in LA as automobile emissions. (source)
- “Women who work as cleaners or regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at home appear to experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not clean, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.” (source)
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Eco-Friendly Cleaning – Articles
- Lemon & Vinegar DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Spray
- DIY Natural & Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes Collection
- Non-Toxic Cleaning Brands To Try
- Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips (Spring Cleaning)
- Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
- Think Dirty, Shop Clean
- Green Cleaning Kitchen Swaps
- Room-by-room Checklist for an Eco-Friendly Home
Eco-Friendly Cleaning – Book Recommendations
- Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier by Leah Segedie
- Sustainability Made Simple – Small Changes for Big Impact by Rosalyn Byrd & Lauren Demantes
- Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home, by Renée Lous
- Green Cleaning for Dummies by Elizabeth B. Goldsmith & Betsy Sheldon
- Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home by Sara Snow
Other Eco-Friendly Cleaning Resources
- EWG, or the Environmental Working Group, which gives the EWG VERIFIED certification to products that pass their rigorous testing for chemical safety.
- B Corp measures both the social and environmental performance of a company, resulting in a prized and well-earned B Corp Certification. Search their directory to find which companies have the B Corp Certification.
- Think Dirty app, which rates the toxicity of beauty & cleaning items
- Good Guide app, which rates household, baby, and personal care products for “degree of concern” regarding their ingredients.
- Moms Clean Air Force blog and resources, which works on “protecting children from potentially harmful chemical exposures through education and advocacy focused on toxic chemicals in consumer products and other sources.”
- Mamavation – a blog about making eco-living easier, created by “Green Enough” author and ShiftCon Founder, Leah Segedie.