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FAQ: What can I do to make spring cleaning more green?

Answer: You’ve got options!

household cleaner with rubber gloves bucket and sponge..There are many great cleaners that both help the environment and are tough on removing messes. By using these products we can better maintain our health and reduce the amount of pollutants that enter the storm drain.

A good first step to cleaning green is to swap your normal household cleaner for a non-toxic one.

Toxic cleaning products tend to have “Caution” or “Warning” labels – these carry moderate levels of hazardous chemicals – and “Poison” or “Danger” labels, which contain the highest levels of hazardous chemicals. If you have leftover bottles of these products they should be disposed of properly.

Another good step is to create a green clean kit: includes a bucket, spray bottle, a rag or scrubber, and your choice of a green cleaner.

Green cleaners can easily be made at home and are great alternatives to popular cleaning products. Check out this recipe for window/mirror cleaner:


1 Spray Bottle

¼ cup Vinegar



  1. Put ¼ cup of vinegar in a spray bottle and fill to top with water.
  2. Spray on surface.
  3. Rub with a lint-free rag, or sheets of newspaper.

Want more recipes? Visit our green cleaning page to view the full list, and for more tips on cleaning green.