- Whenever possible, use hard work instead of chemicals. If you put your arm muscles to work, a scrub brush or discarded toothbrush can do a lot of cleaning in the bathroom or kitchen. Use those arm muscles in the garden to pull weeds, too.
- Make your own household cleaners with baking soda, vinegar, salt, cornstarch, lemon juice, and other common products. To find recipes, visit eartheasy or search online for “non-toxic homemade cleaners.”
- Buy the least hazardous product for every job. For instance, if you need to paint a room, choose latex paint, which is non-toxic and water-based. You’ll be able to clean your brushes and pans with water, so you won’t so you won’t need flammable paint thinners for cleanup.
- Purchase only the amount you need. For jobs like painting and lawn care, know how many square feet you need to cover so that you don’t buy too much.
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