Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Green Spring Cleaning Tools

This should have been posted this morning but my brain is not working these days with everything going on around here. So here is a late post from me, Retro Housewife.

I don't know about all of you but I am so ready for spring! We had two large snow storms –at least for Oklahoma– and a lot of very cold days. I have seen a few bees and signs of green things coming from the ground. And with spring comes spring cleaning.

Last year the Greenhabilitator wrote about homemade cleaner recipes and you can find a few more on a post I wrote. Since we have all of those covered already I thought I would talk about your cleaning tools and how to make them greener.

One of the cheapest and greenest cleaning tools you can use are old rags. Some of the best rags are just old cut up t-shirts. You can use them for most things you used paper towels for. For windows you will need to use newspaper or a microfiber cloth that won't leave any lint.

Sponges may seem green since they are reusable but almost all are made from plastic and often have nasty chemicals in them. A better choice are Skoy Cloths. They are made from cotton and cellulose and are biodegradable. They are also easy to sanitize. Just throw them in the washer or in your dishwasher.

When it's time to replace your toilet brush consider a coir toilet brush from Greenfeet. Coir is a fiber from coconut. These brushes work really well and are plastic-free.

If you have a Swiffer Duster or mop you can get reusable replacements so you never have to buy refills. On Etsy you can find lots of different options for both. If you sew you can make your own.

For dish brushes you can get Tampico dish brushes from Greenfeet. Tampico is a fiber from the Agave plant. They even have replacement heads so you don't have to replace the whole thing when it wears out.

These are just a few of the great green cleaning tools out there. What are some of your favorites?

Photo credits: greenfeet.com and skoycloth.com


Green Bean said...

Love the toilet brush!

Suzanne Holt said...

Being a Norwex consultant, I naturally love using our products, but my all time favorite cleaning tool is antibac microfiber cloths. Anything that removes 99.9% bacteria with just a little water is GREAT in my book!!!! :)

Happy Spring Cleaning!
Radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning.

Lisa Sharp said...

Green Bean: I just ordered another the other day because after a few years it broke. :( Held up better than plastic ones though!!

Suzanne: What makes it antibacterial?


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