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The dirtless dozen: 12 springtime tidy-up tools
Before you throw open the windows and start (begrudgingly) scouring, scrubbing, shampooing and sprucing up, consider adding these eco-friendly tools to your existing arsenal of spring cleaning products.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I know, I know ... it seems like just yesterday you were on your hands and knees attempting to undo the unholy mess of stains, spots, smudges, splatters and splotches left behind by the nonstop parade of sauced houseguests, spill-prone seniors, and aggressively messy ne'er-do-wells that passed through your home during the holiday season. But with spring, the season of renewal, rebirth, and Magic Erasers upon us, it's time once again to break out the feather dusters and the abrasive scrubs for a zesty household cleaning session (or series of sessions depending on how well your post-holiday clean up missions went).
Below, you’ll find 12 tidy-up tools ranging from a toilet brush handmade by visually impaired individuals in Brooklyn to a hydrogen peroxide-based shower cleaner that's free of chlorine bleach, Triclosan, parabens, ammonia, and other notable nasties. There's a little something for everyone — and every room in the house — to be found here. And, as always, the emphasis is on low-waste/reusable, handmade/American-made, and nontoxic/fume-free products.
That being said, when it comes to cleaning solutions, the most economical and environmentally friendly ones can often be concocted from stuff that you might already have around the house (baking soda
, lemon juice
, white vinegar
, etc.) but if you’re looking to experiment with a new, non-homemade solution this spring cleaning season
, look no further ...
And be sure to check back 'round these parts next week when I'll be dedicating an entire post to the extremely deep cleaning and sanitizing powers of chemical-free vapor steam cleaners.
PROXI Daily Shower Cleaner @ Alice.com
Full Circle Walnut Scrubber Sponge @ Reuseit.com
($3.95 - 2/pack)
Orla Kieley Spring Limited Edition All Purpose Cleaner - Tomato Vine @ Method
Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths @ Caldrea
Daddy Van's All Natural Countertop Care @ Abe's Market
Lola Eco Clean Bamboo & Tampico Scrub Brush @ Vine.com
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