Category Archives: Eco-Friendly

Your Nose Doesn’t Know

So you use air fresheners, sprays, deodorizers, plugins, candles, and all the like. You come home to a neat house and take a deep breath relishing in the smell. Flowers or incense, the smell of freshness and cleanliness. You sigh thinking to yourself, now this is a clean house! Do you know what else you are breathing in along with that delicious smell? Germs- you are deeply inhaling germs and bacteria.

Posted on: 26 Sep 2014
Posted by: GreenGuru
The Future of Oil Spill Disaster Clean- Up

A quarter of a century after the infamous Exxon Valdez spilled up to 750,000 barrels of oil into the Prince William Sound, four years after the Deepwater Horizon incident raised the bar in terms of sheer volume of oil spilled, we simply do not speculate whether a similar incident will occur in the future, but instead wonder “will it at least be easier to clean up next time?”

Posted on: 10 Jul 2014
Posted by: GreenGuru
Window Cleaning 101

Though many of us (okay, most of us) don’t worry about washing our windows too often, we believe that it is important to know some facts and tips for a good and thorough window cleaning.

Posted on: 13 Dec 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
Chemical safety! Know your chemicals

The following is a list of some dangerous chemicals that can be found in MANY household cleaning products. Always read labels carefully – and more importantly, understand what these chemicals are. Always use eco-friendly alternatives where you can, as it will protect the health of you and your family.

Acetone – is a neurotoxin that can contribute to liver and kidney damage. It is irritating to both the eyes and skin.  Found in spot treatment cleaners, scuff and mark removers, and many other products. Be sure to wear gloves and do let the product come in contact with skin.

Aerosol products– Aerosol products can contain nitrous oxide, propane, formaldehyde (a neurotoxin and known carcinogen) and methylene chloride (also a known carcinogen,  neurotoxin and also a reproductive toxin). Because these products are aerosol, the spray is broken down into small particles – meaning it is easy to breathe them in deeper, and can cause greater damage. Avoid using aerosol sprays altogether, if possible.

Ammonia – Causes irritation to eyes and all mucous membranes. Effects are things such as: breathing difficulty, wheezing, skin burns, and chest pains

Diethanolamine (DEA) – This chemical is a suspected carcinogen. It is a chemical that causes severe skin and eye irritation, and contributes to respiratory damage. It is used in a wide variety of household cleaning products, so read ingredient lists carefully and wear proper protection if the product is necessary to use.

Fragrance – When listed in ingredients, “fragrance” covers nearly 4,000 different ingredients, which can be toxic to humans and animals, but are legally protected as many are considered “trade secrets”. Many are proven to be carcinogens. These chemicals are known irritants to skin, eyes, and the respiratory system – often triggering asthma attacks, and can cause kidney, liver, and brain damage.

Methylene chloride – Used in paint strippers and stain removers, methylene chloride is a known carcinogen. Inhalation of this chemical can cause heart attacks, liver and brain damage. It is a severe skin irritant, and a moderate eye irritant. Do not inhale products that contain this chemical. Always wear proper equipment when using.

Silica – Made from finely ground quartz, silica is a known carcinogen. It is a fine respirable dust that causes severe respiratory distress. Silica is found in many abrasive cleansers often used around the home.

Turpentine – This chemical causes kidney, bladder and central nervous system damage, as well as allergy sensitization. It is also a severe eye irritant.  Found in many types of solvent cleaners, furniture polish and shoe products.

Posted on: 07 Dec 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
Floor Stripping

This do-it-yourself blog post is intended for experienced DIY’ers. If you are ever uncertain, please enlist the services of a professional who will always use the proper materials and have the knowledge and expertise for the work involved.

Posted on: 22 Nov 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
Safer cleaning methods for your home!

Here are some simple, Eco friendly recipes and cleaning methods for you to try at home. Each one uses ingredients that are easy to find around the house – and are very cost effective too!

Posted on: 13 Nov 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
Household cleaning products are making us sick!

Typical household cleaners are on the top of the list of dangers in our homes. They cause indoor air pollution, which means many of us will suffer from skin, respiratory and eye irritation.

Posted on: 20 Sep 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
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