The green cleaning experience
March 31, 2008 6:06 p.m.CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) Leslie Reichert has a one of a kind job that you probably didn't even know existed. She's a green cleaning coach. When she stopped by the 22News studio on Monday she didn't come alone. She had all sorts of products and cleaners to show us just how accessible cleaning with an eye to the environment can be.
Many of these "green" tools focus on minimizing waste and chemical usage. The sponges and towels that fill her shelves can remove grime from dishes and surfaces with out the use of harsh cleaners. In fact, many of the cleaning tools require little more than water to achieve a sparkling surface.
The motivation behind incorporating these items in your cleaning regiment is the fact that they are either reusable or biodegradable. Take the "skoy" towel for example... After about a month of use, this in-between of a paper towel and fabric rag can be buried in your yard to degrade naturally! Just remember to use it with only water or natural products if you plan on leaving it outdoors.
Other products can be thrown in with the laundry when they're dirty: towels, dusters, and mops.
Leslie also has a whole army of green cleaners. From dish soap to odor absorbers, natural products can give you the same result as typical store bought cleaners.
We asked Leslie if one should expect to pay more for green cleaners. Her response was reflected in the labels of her products. Although you may pay more money up front for the product, they will last longer than typical cleaners and the bill balances out. Most of the cleaners are sold in concentrated formulas. Dilution into a reusable spray bottle extends the life of your purchase far beyond that of the "use-straight-out-of-the-bottle" bleach or average cleaner.
For more information on cleaning products and techniques, visit Leslie's Cleaning Website and Store Website. You can also find some natural cleaners in some high end grocery stores.
by Shiri Spear, 22News