Gallery: GREEN HOME 101 – Guide to Green Cleaning


What does it take to lead a good, green lifestyle? With more and more ‘green’ products hitting the market, the conscientious consumer now faces a veritable morass of choices; small important everyday choices that can make a big difference in the long run. This fall, Inhabitat launches a special 8-part series will explore various aspects of the “green lifestyle” – what it means, what to look for, and where to look for more in-depth expert insight. We’ll start close to home with something as seemingly mundane as house cleaning.

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  1. ashraf abbasi September 10, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I am an Iranian and I would like to buy one of your green cleaning products.
    please tell me how I do it.


  2. Abigael Wilkinson April 7, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Very informative,thanks!!!!!!!!!!!I use mrs meyers and seventh generation daily!

  3. Debbi Hewison January 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Really informative!!!

  4. Shayna Deck January 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I have been using Mrs. Meyers for about a year now and I love it! I think that we should always be conscious of not only the way we clean but also how we are cleaning. Or better yet keeping something clean before we have to use toxic chemicals to clean. One thing ive noticed is that Eco friendly cleaners are more expensive than the rest. If you go online you can find all the mrs. meyers products, seventh gen and shaklee products for cheap.
    I went searching and found it on a relatively new Eco store called Check it out it’s worth a shot and surprisingly had kits for cleaning with things like the twist sponge.. (which i also love!)

  5. radawson November 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    It’s true that common household cleaning products contain ingredients that are hazardous to the health. Even the sweet-smelling air fresheners have toxic chemicals. Studies and researches have proven the dangers of these cleaners. Moreover, these products are not only dangerous to humans; but they are also harmful to the environment. Laundry detergents, for instance, contain phosphates that contribute to ocean pollution. Residents should be aware of this and they should switch to natural cleaning products instead. Cleaning Service should not be an option either, because they also use chemical-based cleaning agents.

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  7. ZoeLifestyleMom June 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    One thing you need to be looking for when evaluating products and whether they are truly green is the DfE seal of approval, Designed for the Environment, which means that the products has undergone the scrutiny of the EPA and has passed tests that prove that the product is truly non-toxic, green, and safe for the environment. As part of a company that is leading the way in this cutting edge need, I am proud to say that our sister company was the first in the industry to receive such accreditation. And we have a complete line of products for indoors and out with more coming. We recognize that the the threat of toxins in our home and environment are the blame for the majority of the illnesses and disease that are rising with each generation. Please realize that not all products that claim to be green are indeed truly green.

  8. greenefficient August 4, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    We have found that green cleaning products add only a minimal amount of the health benefit to homes. Specifically, the processes in which the cleaning takes place offer an equivalent benefit. These processes include things like deeper cleaning of restrooms and door knobs.

  9. ClothUser February 3, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Great article. Another great alternative to cleaning products is the “Ultimate Cloth”. It lets you clean all the solid surfaces in your house without chemical cleaners. You just use water. A lot of places have it online, so you all should read about it. The cheapest place to get it I have found is

  10. Sound Earth December 19, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    It is alarming the advertising ploys companies use to scare people into using their product – you mention Lysol. I love the comment: if you can’t pronounce it, don’t use it. This is definitely true. However, many products don’t list the ingredients on their labels. Look for companies that disclose their product ingredients and their business practices.

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  12. Ellen October 21, 2008 at 11:10 am

    This is a good starter list but I’d like to add that everything goes better with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. I’ve found that a shot of that in an old windex spray bottle filled with half water and half vinegar is really wonderful for lifting grease, etc., off most surfaces. And if you need heavy-duty stain removal, makes good green cleaners and so does (for stickier messier stuff).

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  14. NaturallyEarth September 27, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Great information. I’ve been researching making my own products for less, but like to know who to buy when I’m lazy.

  15. ruthieritch September 27, 2008 at 9:32 am

    This is a really helpful overview. I had never realized, until I read the book Green Goes With Everything how my cleaning choices were affecting not only the environment, but also my own health. The Body Burden quiz they offer on their site was a real eyeopener for me.

  16. megfuzzle September 26, 2008 at 4:46 pm


    Shaklee is INCREDIBLY environmentally friendly – it\’s what NASA and the biodome use… for more information

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