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John M. Wickline
South Carolina Home Inspection License #374
South Carolina Home Inspection
License #374
JW Home Inspections, Inc.

I am proud to be a part of the
Greening of the Planet.  I
hope this information helps
you to create a "Greener"  
and safer life. The
information below is only a
portion of what is available
on the Internet, however the
information below should be
easy to implement.
I encourage you to check my
website periodically for

Clean your Home with Green
Products (chemicals to avoid and
some Green cleaners you can

Triclosan is a disinfectant used in anti-bacterial type
products. This chemical may stay on surfaces after
cleaning, allowing for resistant bacteria to grow. It will
also form chloroform when exposed to chlorinated
water (chloroform is a suspected human carcinogen.
Hydrogen peroxide, hot soapy water, or vinegar are
To dissolve soil, Glycol ethers are commonly used.
This chemical irritates eyes, lungs, nose and throat. If
absorbed by the skin, may cause nerve damage.
Water or eucalyptus oil are replacements.
Chlorine is a common disinfectant, and causes skin
and lung irritation, and is lethal if ingested. Replace
chlorine with borax, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, tea
tree oil.
Ammonia is popular as a grease cutter, however it
has been proven to cause asthma.  Replace it with
monoethanolamine (MEA) is a surfactant (makes
water wetter to help cleaners dissolve grime) with
respiratory and asthma interactions. Replace this
chemical with surfactants made from plants, (corn
soy, or coconut).
alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) are surfactants that
will multiply breast cancer cells in test tubes (they
disrupt hormones and behave as estrogen within the
body). Replace this chemical with surfactants made
from plants, (corn soy, or coconut).
Phthalates are found in fragrances and are another
hormone disruptor, with links to obesity and
hypothyroidism. May also retard reproductive
development in male babies. Replacements are plant
oils (essential oils) as well as baking soda and borax
for deodorizers.

Note that all of the above chemicals have undesirable
effects on the environment, as well as your own safety.
Wastewater plants receive the chemicals from your drains,
and usually cannot remove all of them, thus they are
transported to waterways where they impact wildlife (impact
of these chemicals on wildlife is far more serious than the
impact on humans).

Do It Yourself (DIY) Cleaners to make:

All Purpose Cleaner: 1/2 cup borax to one gallon of
Glass Cleaner: 1/4 cup white vinegar combined with 2
cups water (or more).
The above are just a couple of cleaners you can mix to
safely clean.

Note that fragrance may be added with a touch of
lemon juice or several drops of essential oils
Lemon juice cuts grease
An effective mold killer can be made with tea tree oil
Lavender oil can be used for a natural disinfectant

Commercial Green Cleaners:

Numerous manufacturers are making Green products. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when purchasing such

Look at the labels to ensure there are no
petrochemicals, no chlorine, and no ammonia. Also
check to ensure chemicals listed above are not in the
Look for independent certifications: Cradle to Cradle;
EPA"s Design for the Environment program; Green
Try to find products that list all ingredients (green
cleaners will typically list every single ingredient).
Plant based ingredients are generally better for the
environment and your health.

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