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Wash the Windows, Clear the Air
Posted By Kimberly Delaney On February 23, 2012 @ 11:03 am In Family Health, Green Living, Healthy Home | 1 Comment
One of the easiest steps you can take to green your cleaning  is to skip the neon blue window cleaner and switch to plain old vinegar and water in a reusable spray bottle. This simple switch will allow you to reduce your household’s impact on the environment by buying less packaging and to clean up your indoor air  by releasing fewer toxins into the air and water.
Conventional glass cleaner can contain a number of different toxins . One of the main chemicals you’ll happily avoid is ammonia, which is an irritant to your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. As if that weren’t bad enough, another major problem with ammonia is that when it mixes with chlorine from other products or even your chlorine-treated tap water it can form noxious chloramine gases that can damage your lungs.
Other chemicals to avoid include butyl cellosolve, a known irritant that has been linked to nerve-damage, and glycol ethers, such as ethylene glycol, which can affect the nervous and reproductive systems and irritate your eyes, nose and throat.
Obviously, vinegar  and water is a much healthier and eco-friendly alternative. But if you’ve ever tried it, you may have noticed something rather disheartening: streaks. Wait! Don’t abandon green cleaning  forever just because of a few streaks. The streaks aren’t from the vinegar and water. They’re from the film left behind by the conventional window cleaner, and it’s easy to get rid of them.
To help ease the transition from conventional glass cleaner to vinegar and water, use this recipe:
Et voila! Once you’ve used the whole bottle you’ll be ready to use just the vinegar and water without the soap.
Skip the paper towels. Crumpled newspaper works great and won’t leave particles on the glass. (Wear gloves to avoid ink stains on your hands.) Think of it as another way to recycle those old dailies  and save a few trees from becoming just another disposable convenience item.
Learn more ways to green your home with sustainability videos  on GaiamTV.com!
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 green your cleaning: http://www.gaiamtv.com/video/simple-steps-greener-home?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
 clean up your indoor air: http://life.gaiam.com/article/breathe-easier-your-home
 number of different toxins: http://life.gaiam.com/article/8-household-cleaning-agents-avoid
 vinegar: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Is-Vinegar-the-Best-Germ-Killer.html
 green cleaning: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/household/cleaners.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod
 Dr. Bronner’s.: http://www.drbronner.com/
 another way to recycle those old dailies: http://life.gaiam.com/article/3-ways-reuse-paper
 sustainability videos: http://www.gaiamtv.com/category/environment/sustainability?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
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