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 healthier planet!

Thank you!

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