November 12, 2014

Green building tips: Cleaning green

Cleaning products used in your church and home promise to disinfect and kill germs. Yet exposure to the toxic chemicals in these products has been known to cause everything from respiratory ailments to chemical burns on your skin and in your eyes.

What are the alternatives? Check out the ingredients. Look for natural, renewable resources. Cleaning products that use citrus, seed, vegetable and pine oils as bases tend to be mor e environmentally friendly.

With all of the “green” products on the market these days, making a selection can be confusing. Look for the Design for the Environment (DfE) label. This means that the product has been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a product that is safer for the environment and people than the other cleaning products.

Save the disinfectants only for contaminated surfaces, such as high-touch surfaces like doorknobs. Limit your exposure to toxic chemicals by not using them on floors, walls, etc.

For more information and a list of DfE labeled products, go to www.epa.gov/dfe.