Monday, October 20, 2014

Ask The Cleaning Coach

Marie and I are doing a new segment on the radio show this week called: Ask The Cleaning Coach. I love answering all your questions about living cleaner and greener at home.  While I was doing a talk at the Congregational Church of Needham yesterday, I had some great questions and I thought I'd share both the questions and the answers here.

Question: Now that I've decided that I want to go greener - how do I get rid of all my old cleaning products? Should I just pour them down the drain?

Cleaning Coach: OH NO! These cleaning chemicals are considered hazardous waste. You want to check with your town and find out the dates they have for turning in toxic chemicals. One great place to go online to check is www.earth911.com or www.1800recycling.com  Both sites will use your zip code and let you know the locations, dates and times of local recycling centers.

Question:  I'm overwhelmed and feel like a failure. I tried switching to greener cleaners a few years ago, but don't have the time to mix up all these cleaners. Is there a place where I can just go buy green cleaning products?

Cleaning Coach: I'm so glad you asked! I've been promoting, testing and using green cleaning products for twenty four years. In that time I've learned what works, and what doesn't. I now have created a store where you can shop and buy products that I know and trust. I've organized it by room, brand or product. I home it helps you find switching to green cleaning a touch easier. www.shopgreencleaning.com

Question: Where can I go to find out how safe or unsafe a product really is?

Cleaning Coach: There are a few great web sites that even have apps so you can look an item up right on your phone. I have two favorites - http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners  & http://www.goodguide.com If you are using www.goodguide.com make sure you are looking at the health rating first. This tells you about the ingredients and how safe it will be for your home. Not every item is listed in these guides, but they will definitely help you learn about the ingredients
in the products you're using in your home.

If you want to hear more questions AND enter to win a wonderful package of products from Better Life listen in tomorrow on www.cleangreentalk.com or find the show on iHeartRadio.com. You can enter the give away here:  http://tinyurl.com/ncf2lmd 

15 comments:

  1. I'm definitely going to be using the guides listed to check the product details

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  2. Most of the people are ridding of their old cleaning products in the wc.And that is so wrong!

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  3. I recommend using the two web sites in the US for disposing of your cleaning products. Most would be considered hazardous waste! Don't pour them down the drain. They will come back through MY faucet!

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  4. Great Q&A session, and thanks for the tips. Along with disposing of cleaning products and chemicals, if you have old electronics or gadgets you do not need anymore, there are programs for that in NYC. They include recycling the electronics at city centers, and even trading or donating them to individuals who can use them for parts or fix them. Here is the website: NYC Recycling Website

    Here is a link to our cleaning blog that has new articles coming out all the time on current events related to our industry: GreenAir Cleaning Blog

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  5. Useful guidelines for cleaning.
    Thanks for wonderful share.

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  6. Wonderful guidelines you have here. Will use them in my everyday activities.

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  7. More and more consumers are becoming concerned with the environment, and not being LEED Certified can be a costly loss in revenue. So we must try to get a green cleaner soon.

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  8. Nice idea, Thanks for sharing it here. I'm sure that I can do this inside my house. I was also looking for a good iso certified cleaning company and I think I already found it in Cleaning Edge website.

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  9. Nice idea, Thanks for sharing it here. I'm sure that I can do this inside my house. I was also looking for a good iso certified cleaning company and I think I already found it in Cleaning Edge website.

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  10. thanks for sharing the great link.

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  11. Hi, wonderful article!!! Got very useful information after reading this. Thank you so much.

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  13. Anonymous9:36 AM

    Great article. I would also like to recommend steam cleaning as an alternative to chemicals. I've been using steam to clean for the past ten years and couldn't be happier with the results. I love the versatility, the effectiveness and most of all I don't have a chemical in my home. Definitely do your research on steam cleaners. I bought mine 10 years ago through Sargent Steam out of Utah.

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  14. Don't ever dump chemicals like this down the drain. If you want to have a healthy planet you shouldn't be putting any type of chemical down the drain, especially if its cleaners. I did what this guide said and just took it to a local recycling facility, they got it off my hands with no issue. http://www.homemaid-cleaningservice.com

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