Friday, May 7, 2010

Staying Clean and Green

By Bianca Rennick, Allied Member ASID, LEED AP
Carol Spong Interior Design

When designing a space, we have so many materials available to us, from stainless steel to wood. Once the product is installed, how do you keep it sparkling? Many of the cleaning products available contain harsh chemicals such as chlorine bleach, ammonia, petrochemicals, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are toxic to humans, pets and the environment. Non-toxic cleaning products improve the indoor air quality of your clients’ home. While there are some off-the-shelf green cleaning products, it can be difficult to discern which ones are truly safe because manufacturers are not required by law to disclose ingredients.

Here are a few ways to clean using non-toxic cleaning products made from ingredients commonly found around the house:

• Stainless Steel and Baking Soda: Whether it’s a commercial grade stainless steel countertop or a teakettle this combination is simple. Use a soft cloth and 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in a quart of water. Wipe with a clean cloth.

• Refrigerator (interior) and Baking Soda: Use two tablespoon of water with a quart of warm water to wash inside surfaces. Rinse them with clear water and dry with a clean cloth.

• Wood and Olive Oil: With wood furniture that was originally treated with an oil finish, use olive oil to dust wooden furniture with a bit of oil applied to a cloth. Be careful not to use on stained or antique wood.

• White Vinegar: Use as an all-purpose cleaner when diluted with 50% water.

• Vodka: Cleans chrome and porcelain. Use straight up!

With a simple trip to the pantry, you’ll find everything you need to keep your home clean and green!

For more information, please contact Bianca Rennick at:
Carol Spong Interior Design