The Clean Sweep Company

About "Green Cleaning"

Green Cleaning iconGreen Cleaning is using cleaning products that do not endanger either humans (many commercial cleaning products contain irritants that can trigger an allergic reactions) or the environment. As it has been proven that Green Cleaning products are effective and inexpensive (in addition to being safe for humans and the environment), the Clean Sweep Company is committed to their use when ever possible, and to the use of safe and harmless commercial chemicals when their use is required.

Clean Sweep requirements to qualify as a "Green Cleaner":

  • Product must be non-toxic? We look for products that are non-toxic to humans and aquatic life.
  • Product must biodegradable? Biodegradable means that it can be broken down by microbial action. The longer it takes to break down, the more harmful it is to the environment. We check the label to see if it says it's biodegradable.
  • Concentrated or ready-to-use? Ready-to-use cleaners are composed of 90% water, which means extra energy and packaging went into making this product. And extra packaging means extra solid waste ending up in landfills. Concentrated product however, uses very little water and less packaging, which is much more environmentally friendly. It also cuts down on weight, which means less cost associated with the fuel needed to transport product to its final destination.
  • Product should work in cold water: Using cold water saves energy, whereas the need for using hot water with the chemical uses more energy.
  • Product should not contain chlorine bleach: The wastewater after using a product containing chlorine bleach can react with other chemicals, which can be toxic.
  • Derived from petroleum? Petroleum-based solvents are made from non-renewable resources, they are flammable, and can be toxic when inhaled. We prefer to use solvents derived from pine oil or citrus because they're considered renewable resources.
  • Aerosol? Aerosol bottles can be dangerous if punctured, as they may produce an uncontrolled spray, which can put you at risk of exposure.
  • Neutral pH? Neutral pH products are safer for the environment and end user. Acidic or alkaline products can burn if accidentally spilled on your skin. A pH of 7.0 is considered neutral.
  • Is the packaging made from recycled products? Many containers and cardboard boxes are made from "postconsumer" materials.

Such Green Cleaning Items Include:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Murphy's liquid soap (or liquid castile soap)
  • Scouring pad
  • Cotton washcloth or a sponge
  • Cotton rag without much lint
  • 16 oz. spray bottle
Green Cleaning Recipes for the Home:
  • baking soda Tub and sink cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda on the porcelain fixtures and scrub with wet rag. You can also add a little of Murphy's liquid soap to a rag for more cleaning power. Rinse well to avoid leaving a hazy film.
  • Window and mirror cleaner: Put 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle and fill to the top with water. Spray on the surface. Rub with a lint-free rag. For outdoor windows, use a sponge and wash with warm water with a few drops of liquid Murphy's or castile soap in it. Rinse well and squeegee dry.
  • Linoleum floor cleaner: Mop with a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar in a bucket (pail) of warm water. The vinegar odor will go away shortly after the floor dries.
  • Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl as you would any scouring powder. Add a couple drops of soap in also. Scrub with a toilet bowl brush and finish outside surfaces with a rag sprinkled with baking soda.
  • All purpose cleaner: For spots on woodwork, tile, and linoleum, add a few drops of Murphy's liquid soap to a wet washcloth and rub surface briskly.
  • Oven cleaner: Mix 1 cup of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Apply to oven surfaces and let stand a little while. Use a scouring pad for scrubbing most surfaces. A spatula or a bread knife is effective to get under large food deposits. This recipe will require more scrubbing effort, but it is not toxic to you or your child. Commercial oven cleaners are severe irritants. Do not use this cleaner recipe on self-cleaning ovens.
  • Drain cleaner: To free minor clogs and to help prevent clogs, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain first, then 1/2 cup vinegar. Let it fizz for a few minutes. Then pour down a teakettle full of boiling water. Repeat if needed. If the clog is stubborn, use a plunger. If very stubborn, use a mechanical snake.
  • Copper cleaner: Mix equal parts of vinegar and salt (a tablespoon of each will do) and apply to the surface with a rag. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water afterwards, otherwise it will corrode. Don't use this cleaner on lacquered finishes.

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