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ETSU Sustainability


The last place you want toxins present is when you're cleaning. Purchase cleaning products that are healthy for you and the environment:


Purchase cleaning products that are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources.

Use cloth instead of paper/disposable towels when cleaning.

Avoid antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaners – soap and water are just as effective and do not run the risk of breeding "super germs" (bacteria that survive the chemicals in the cleaners and have resistant offspring)

Use alternatives to store-bought air fresheners. Boil cinnamon, cloves, or any other herbs that you like to freshen the air. To remove odors from your carpet, sprinkle baking soda over it to absorb odors and then vacuum it up.

Improve indoor air quality with some broad green leaf houseplants which help filter interior air.

Use a good doormat or start a shoeless house policy to keep toxins from traveling into your home on your shoes. Oil, antifreeze, particulate pollution, pollen, etc. find their way into your house via your shoes.

Open windows often, especially when cleaning, to improve indoor air quality.

When replacing your old, conventional cleaners, remember to dispose of them properly! The toxins in these cleaners can be released into the environment when they are poured down the drain or sent to the landfill, and they could later end up in your water supply. Hold onto these cleaners until a toxic waste disposal event is held in the community.



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