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One of the main side effects of being a crafty girl is that I feel like I’m constantly cleaning up SOMETHING. I’m very lucky that the guest bathroom is right across the hall from my craftroom which makes cleaning up a bit easier. All this cleaning got me thinking about green cleaning. And then I picked up the latest issue of Real Simple magazine which had some green cleaning ideas and products that I thought I would share.
The first thing that caught my eye was an article about washing your car. Should you do it at home or at a car wash? The article talks about how washing your car at home definitely save money, but dropping it off at the car wash saves time. But how do these two methods of car washing affect the environment. If you wash your car at home, all the dirty water, tinged with traces of motor oil, antifreeze, and gasoline, runs down the driveway and into storm drains. All of this dirty water then ends until in local rivers and creeks. Not good! On the other hand, at the automatic carwash (or even a full service car wash), all that dirty water is subject to waster-water laws. This means that it ends up at a local sewage-treatment plant, where it is filtered and cleaned. Fantastic! Also, automatic car washes tend to use as little as 30 gallons of water per car. But at home, you tend to use that amount of water in about 4 minutes! So next time you need to wash your car, think about the environmental impact.
Palmolive has introduced a new Pure + Clean dish soap. No unnecessary chemicals, no heavy fragrances, non-irritating dyes, and no harmful residue left on dishes. If you check out their website you can get a coupon for 75 cents off. They also offer eco-friendly dish soap for your dishwasher.
So next time you are going to wash dishes, clean your car, or just clean up the mess you just made in your craft room, think about the impact its going to have on the environment and make some eco-friendly choices.
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