|"The Homebuyer's Friend"
|Certified InspectorMember of National
Association of Certified Home Inspectors
Member of International Association of
Certified Home Inspectors
|JW Home Inspections, Inc.
Hilton Head Island, SC
|John M. Wickline
|South Carolina Home Inspection License #374
|South Carolina Home Inspection
|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
|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
|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).|
|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|
|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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