Marie and I are doing a new segment on the radio show this week called: Ask The Cleaning Coach. I love answering all your questions about living cleaner and greener at home. While I was doing a talk at the Congregational Church of Needham yesterday, I had some great questions and I thought I’d share both the questions and the answers here.
Question: Now that I’ve decided that I want to go greener – how do I get rid of all my old cleaning products? Should I just pour them down the drain?
Cleaning Coach: OH NO! These cleaning chemicals are considered hazardous waste. You want to check with your town and find out the dates they have for turning in toxic chemicals. One great place to go online to check is www.earth911.com or www.1800recycling.com Both sites will use your zip code and let you know the locations, dates and times of local recycling centers.
Question: I’m overwhelmed and feel like a failure. I tried switching to greener cleaners a few years ago, but don’t have the time to mix up all these cleaners. Is there a place where I can just go buy green cleaning products?
Cleaning Coach: I’m so glad you asked! I’ve been promoting, testing and using green cleaning products for twenty four years. In that time I’ve learned what works, and what doesn’t. I now have created a store where you can shop and buy products that I know and trust. I’ve organized it by room, brand or product. I home it helps you find switching to green cleaning a touch easier. www.shopgreencleaning.com
Question: Where can I go to find out how safe or unsafe a product really is?
: There are a few great web sites that even have apps so you can look an item up right on your phone. I have two favorites – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners & http://www.goodguide.com If you are using www.goodguide.com make sure you are looking at the health rating first. This tells you about the ingredients and how safe it will be for your home. Not every item is listed in these guides, but they will definitely help you learn about the ingredients in the products you’re using in your home.