Click here to download Hennepin County's Green Cleaning Recipes. When you work with Clean and Organize™, we provide our own products and leave them at your home to use between visits if you're our regular customer on an every week, every two weeks, or every month schedule.
If you're not our customer yet and want to purchase safe, non-toxic cleaning products for your home, here are tips from Hennepin County:
Product purchasing tips:
If you choose to purchase cleaning products instead of making your own, you can reduce exposure to harmful chemicals by purchasing less hazardous household products.
• Look for products that list all their ingredients on the label. Generally, fewer ingredients are better. • See page 6 for a list of ingredients to avoid when buying household cleaners.
• Use a multi-purpose cleaner rather than buying many specialty cleaners.
• Choose products that are made from plant-based materials like citrus, seeds, vegetables, herbs or pine oils.
• Choose products that have low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are toxic chemicals that are released into the air.
• Choose chlorine-free products.
• Choose water-based glues, adhesives and paints.
• Choose the least toxic product to do the job. A product with the signal word Caution on its label is less hazardous than a product with the signal word Warning, Danger or Poison.
• Look for environmentally friendly certifications: – Green Seal certification: Products have been assessed for meeting rigorous performance, health and environmental criteria. – U.S. EPA Design for the Environment (DfE): Each ingredient in the product has been screened for potential human health and environmental impacts. Based on currently available information, the product contains ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.
• Learn more about the products you buy: – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Household Products Database: http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/index.h