Spring Cleaning

Open windows, fresh air and sunshine bring on a desire to get rid of the winter’s dust. Spring cleaning can be a ritual that prepares houses for the newness of summer. Spring and open windows brings in a freshness. In keeping with that freshness, most people ae now leaving behind the harsh chemicals of most cleaning products. Some are returning to old-fashioned solutions such as vinegar and water. But there are more choices in eco-friendly cleaners, some of which are fair traded. We invite you to clean with a conscience: both in terms of the environment and the producers of the products.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Bronner’s socially and environmentally responsible products. You will find Sal Suds Liquid cleaner, a concentrated hard surface, all-purpose cleaner which is completely biodegradable, and Castile Liquid Soap. Also, a list of body products are available. The company sees itself as an activist promoting fair trade, promoting organic integrity and protecting animal rights.
  2. Cleaning Products that Work by Sodasan. These are organic products made from fruits, vegetables and plants. Products include laundry, dishes, household cleaning and hand soaps.
  3. Try some old-fashioned cleaning tips:
    1. Baking soda to remove odors.
    2. Vinegar and water for windows and mirrors.
    3. Baking soda and vinegar mix to clean clogged drains.
    4. Douse fresh stains in clothing with salt and then wash.
    5. Tomato ketchup for brass.

As long as we are talking about freshness and a special clean, let us remind you of the many fair traded body products. Shampoos and wonderfully scented soaps are available in many of our fair trade shops in the area: Fair Trade on Main in Hudson, Ten-Thousand Villages and Revive in Cleveland Heights, and even Whole Foods.

Locally, you can find Dr. Bronner’s personal care products at Heinen’s, GNC, Caito’s in Solon, Healthy Living in Willoughby, Mustard Seed Markets, Nature’s Bin West in Cleveland, and Target.

Submitted by Karen Leith

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