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Feeling Good About Shopping for “Green” Cleaners? You May Not Have All the Information


Manufacturer’s understand the power of green. In fact, according to a recent marketing research report, an estimated $600 million dollars of green cleaning products were sold last year, including both household cleaning products and laundry aids. Continued consumer interest combined with numbers like this leave no doubt that going green is an excellent marketing strategy. But this is not all good news.

The Underlying Problem with Green Marketing

While this focus by manufacturers on green marketing can be helpful in increasing awareness of environmental issues, it leaves out an important fact. Although many people do not realize it, there is very little actual regulation in place to make sure that cleaning products marketed as green are as environmentally safe as consumers are led to believe.

Confusing Terminology

The green marketing craze has resulted in several terms that are often used loosely in advertising, with no uniform definition of what the term means and to what degree. In other words, manufactures can use terms like “non-toxic”, “natural” and “organic” pretty much as they wish, usually without having to prove the authenticity of their claims.

Learning the Language of the Labels

Consumers who want to ensure that the “green” products they choose are really safer for human health and the environment should take some time to learn to decode the labels and look for seemingly harmless wording that manufacturers use, such as:

  • Optical brighteners – a laundry brightening aid, optical brighteners are actually chemicals, like triazine-stilbenes, that coat your clothing during the wash and can cause skin irritation.
  • Active ingredients – this term usually indicates that antimicrobial pesticides are added to kill viruses, mold, and bacteria during the cleaning process.
  • Biodegradable – although this is an indication that the cleaning product’s formula does biodegrade, the resulting chemicals and substances that result from the biodegrading process can damage the environment for years before being rendered harmless.

There are many more examples of terminology commonly used in marketing that is evasive, if not downright deceptive. To avoid harming your health and the planet, look for products that are certified by reputable third party organizations, such as EcoLogo, Green Seal™ and the EPA’s Safer Choice Label.

All Mopfrog franchises, like Mopfrog of Lunenburg, are committed to providing the highest standard of service. In order to maximize cleanliness and safeguard human health and the planet, we utilize certified eco-friendly cleaning products versus traditional, chemically intensive methods.

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Look to the Pantry for Non-Toxic Cleaning Power

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Living a simpler, more healthful life is the goal for many families today and eliminating the use of harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients from their home environment is a great way to accomplish this. If you would like to live in a naturally clean, fresh home, but aren’t sure where to begin, you can start by taking a short walk to your pantry or kitchen cupboard.

Basic Pantry Ingredients Have Provided Safe Cleaning Power for Generations

Our great-grandmothers did not have shelf after shelf of commercial cleaning products to choose from when they shopped, nor did they have the funds to purchase a product for each type of cleaning chore they needed to do. Instead, they opted for basic, economical ingredients that could be used in many different ways around the home. The cleaning needs of today can actually be handled just as effectively. Here are four of these very versatile ingredients and some information to help you get the best results from their use.

Baking Soda

Much more than just a rising agent for baked goods, baking soda is an inexpensive cleaning and freshening agent for many uses in the home, including:

  • A carpet freshener – just sprinkle onto carpets, allow to sit for a few hours or overnight and then vacuum off to refresh carpets and help remove odors
  • A safe cleanser for tile, porcelain, sinks and counters – sprinkle some on a damp sponge, scour and rinse to remove stains, odors and stubborn dirt
  • A polish for silver – make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and one part water and use to polish silver, then rinse and dry thoroughly
  • A laundry freshener – add one-quarter cup of baking soda per load to get cleaner, fresher laundry

Lemon Juice

Whether you use fresh lemons or bottled lemon juice, it has the power to:

  • Freshen the microwave – add one cup of water and two tablespoons of lemon juice to a microwavable glass cup or bowl, microwave on high until it boils and then turn it off and leave it inside the appliance for at least ten minutes to steam clean the interior before opening the door and wiping the interior clean with a soft dry cloth
  • Use 7 parts water and 1 part lemon juice to make a cleansing spray – use the spray to clean and sanitize glass, counters, and mirrors, as well as sinks, to remove grime and leave a lemony-clean scent

Washing Soda

Washing soda is found in the laundry section of most grocery stores and was once a staple in most homes. It comes in a large box that makes it very economical to use. This highly alkaline substance can help with cleaning tasks by:

  • Adding 1/4 cup to each load of laundry to boost detergent action
  • Adding 1/2 cup to a gallon of warm water to make a powerful, yet safe cleaner for floors and walls

Distilled White Vinegar

Most of us already have a bottle of distilled white vinegar on hand to use in recipes, but this tangy liquid is also a wonderful cleaning and freshening agent.
Use distilled white vinegar to:

  • Wipe window and door sills clean to remove much and stains and discourage insect activity
  • Use at 50/50 concentration with water as a spray to remove grease, clean glass, mirrors and sanitize cutting boards and food prep areas

If you have doubts about whether these cheap, readily available ingredients can handle tough cleaning tasks, consider scheduling an eco-friendly cleaning company, like Mopfrog of The Hamptons to come clean your home. Their all-natural cleaning methods have convinced thousands of customers that a natural clean is a healthy clean.

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Keep it Clean with These Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips!

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In the average home, the laundry room is often guilty of using more energy and more dangerous chemicals than any other room in the home. Hot water washes and endless dryer cycles coupled with a closet full of chemical cleaners, degreasers and stain removers can make the laundry process expensive for both the environment and your budget. Thankfully, it is possible to have clean, fresh laundry in an eco-friendly, and surprisingly easy way by simply following these six tips from Mopfrog of North Danbury!

One: Choose Cold

Gone are the days when shirts and other clothing had to be boiled to make them clean and bright. Organic cottons and other fabrics actually clean more easily and last longer when laundered in cold water.

Two: Wash Only Full Loads

Washing that partial load of laundry takes the same amount of resources as a full load. Consider using three baskets or small hampers to pre-sort laundry as it accumulates and only wash a load when the basket or hamper is filled. This one habit will save both time and energy by reducing the number of loads laundered each week.

Three: Opt For Less Chemicals

Consider switching from petroleum based laundry detergents to eco-friendly versions that are derived from plants or minerals. These products are just as effective and much better for both you and the environment.

Four: Ditch the Chlorine

Consider removing chlorine bleach from your home by opting to use hydrogen peroxide to whiten clothes, remove stains and sanitize laundry.

Five: Bring Back Line Drying

Use an outdoor clothesline or invest in an indoor laundry drying rack to lessen your use of electricity for drying clothes. Not only will your clothes last longer, but also the additional moisture released into the air will help prevent scratchy winter skin from a too-dry home environment.

Six: Choose Proven Energy Savers

Consider replacing older washers and dryers with new ones that have the ENERGY STAR designation. These appliances are tested to ensure that they meet or exceed specific energy use guidelines, helping you save money on utility bills. 

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