Celadon Road Tips for Green Spring Cleaning

Green Tip of the Month:

Spring Cleaning

It’s Spring!  Time to come out of hibernation, get some fresh air and begin spring cleaning.  This year, give your house a green spring cleaning by avoiding dangerous chemicals and harsh cleaners.

Here are some great tips on how you can spring clean in a greener and safer way:

1.   Open the doors and windows - let the fresh air in.  This is the best way to get dirty air moving out and fresh air moving in.  Did you know that indoor air pollution in our homes can be as much as 100 times worse than outdoor air pollution? Most of that pollution comes from the evaporation of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) or the “offgas” from cleaning supplies, air fresheners, and home decorating items like paint, wallpaper, and carpeting. While we think we’re cleaning and disinfecting our homes, we’re really loading the air with toxic chemicals.
With the windows open, you’ll be amazed at how fresh your house smells even before you begin cleaning!
For fresh-smelling clothes, hang laundry on an outdoor clothesline and let the sunshine dry it. (To prevent fading, turn garments inside out.)

2.   Use reusable cleaning supplies - avoid using rolls of paper towels and other one-time use tools. It is much more eco-friendly to use a rag or natural fiber sponge.  Rags are easy and inexpensive or simply cut up old towels or t-shirts, wash them when you’re done and reuse them the next time.  Or purchase Celadon Road biodegradable sponges, Chef's Towels and Flour Sack Towels for cleaning supplies that are high quality and have less environmental impact.   To order, click here.

3.   Get rid of air fresheners - chemical fresheners can cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. Aerosol air fresheners are even worse — the tiny air-borne particles can damage nerves and lodge in your lungs. Remove indoor air pollutants without expensive electric filters. Fresh flowers and houseplants such as chrysanthemums, English ivy, spider plants, and Boston ferns naturally freshen the air.  Use Celadon Road Odor Eliminator to eliminate unpleasant odors and freshen your room. Baking soda, cedar blocks, and dried flowers can also eliminate odors and add natural fragrance to the room.

4.   Use all natural or organic cleaning products - instead of harsh chemical cleaners, use all natural or organic cleaning products made with citrus, vegetable or plant based ingredients, like Celadon Road's Citrus All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate and others made with essential oils.  Lemons have natural antibacterial properties so any cleaning product with lemon like Celadon Road's Lemon Mint Glass Cleaner is great to use to get rid of bacteria and leave it smelling fresh and clean.   To order, click here.

Most traditional (non-organic) cleaning products contain toxins that you may not be aware of and may be harmful to your health.  Cleaning product manufacturers in most states are not required to put ingredients on their labels.  Celadon Road's all-natural/organic cleaning products have every ingredient listed.  

When you make the switch to natural cleaning products, be sure to safely dispose of any dangerous chemical products. Don’t pour them down the drain, into the ground, or into the trash.  Read the labels or check with your waste management provider for options.

Clean green for the environment and your family's health!


Source: Celadon Road Dream Green Newsletter.  See the newsletter and subscribe by clicking here. 

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