City of Summit Environmental Commission
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“Green Cleaning Initiative”
A clean house doesn't equal a healthy house if the products you use are toxic.
Often, the most effective detergents, cleansers and soaps for keeping ones home
spotless are loaded with chemicals that maybe harmful to your family and pets.
Phosphates, bleach, artificial fragrances and pesticides adversely impact the
environment, but may also cause allergic and asthmatic reactions, be poisonous if
ingested and noxious if inhaled. Long-term exposure to such chemicals in cleaning
products can have more insidious effects including harming one's liver and lungs.
Fortunately, increased environmental awareness and consumer sensitivity has
resulted in a host of green cleaning products made by popular green brands such as
Seventh Generation and Method as well as conventional brands such as Chlorox
that are easy to find at your local grocery store. Kings, Shop Rite, Whole Foods and
Trader Joe’s also offer a range of useful environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Whatever the brand you choose to buy, its important to read ingredient lists. Look
for essential oils, citrus, If a cleaning agent does not have a full list on ingredients
on the label, beware that the brand maybe avoiding full disclosure for a good
reason. When in doubt, shop around.
Likewise, you might even look into making your own cleaning supplies. You can
assemble your own non-toxic cleaning agents with items you may already have on
hand, including vinegar, baking soda, and liquid soap. Add to that list sodium
carbonate, lemon juice, essential oils such as lavender, clove and tea tree oil and
you'll be armed to disinfect, cut grease, and kill mold.
The City of Summit Environmental Commission with donations from Kings, Shop Rite
in Springfield, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s of Millburn has assembled a collection
of highly effective cleaning products that have been tested by committee members
and friends. Collectively, we wasted a great deal of time and money on purchasing
ineffective products and want you to benefit from our experience. Information on
pricing and where to buy is included for your shopping convenience.
And next time you are shopping … please consider purchasing one of the green
cleaning products on this list and help contribute to a healthier home and a