New Year, New Green You with Eco-Me!

Eco-Me’s family line of natural cleaners speaks to their customers with honest labeling, the safest and most effective ingredients and exciting, engaging packaging. Cleaning should be effective, safe and fun. Their use of all-natural ingredients and their friend’s and family’s names reflect Eco-Me’s company values where natural/eco-friendly/environmental actions start in the home with family – from their family to yours.

Here are some tips from Robin Kay Levine, Founder and Jenn Mihajlov, Vice President of Eco-Me for a sparkling household in no time!

Take inventory of all your belongings at home and get rid of whatever you don’t use. The less stuff you have the less cleaning you have to do. Simple!

Go through and properly dispose of all toxic cleaning products and replace with non-toxic, green cleaners. There are three components to look for when purchasing products that are TRULY non-toxic and green. They are:

· Ingredients: Make sure ingredients are FULLY disclosed. They must be natural, meaning sourced from a natural ingredient (i.e. plant/food source) and should not be manufactured in any way with synthetic and/or petrochemicals (meaning from petroleum) – many ingredients are processed with this highly toxic ingredient.

· Fragrances/Colorants: Both should not be synthetic. There is no truly natural, non-synthetic colorant available currently for personal or cleaning products. Fragrances usually contain phthalates (which are dangerous chemicals that effective your endocrine systems and hormone levels). So, avoid products that have dyes and colorants and look for items with natural essential oils as the scent/fragrance.

· Packaging: look for plastics or glass that can be recycled. Best plastics to stick with are #1.

· Also, look for products that are top-tier green level Eco Tier at Whole Foods, have the Green Seal certification and NPA Seal (natural products association.org); and always good to choose products with leaping bunny seal (this means the company and product does not test on animals or use animal bi-products)

Floors

Carpets – Maintenance is key. Vacuum frequently to keep dirt from getting ground-in. Freshen up carpets for the New Year every time you vacuum with Matt Carpet Deodorizer by Eco-Me.

Wood Floors – Great for all household wood sealed surfaces. For use on wood furniture, cabinets and floors. Olive oil works to reduce bacteria build up and naturally polish surfaces without any sticky chemical build up. It is recommended to use a microfiber cloth after polishing to remove any excess.

Tiled Floors – Go easy on the product you use – Dave All-Purpose Floor Cleaner by Eco-Me is a great choice – a little goes a LONG way.

Windows

Use a newspaper or a clean old cotton rag to wipe down windows – this will help get you into the habit of using less paper towels too! Bill All-Purpose Cleaner by Eco-Me is great for all household cleaning including windows!

Laundry

Give up conventional laundry detergents!

Choose laundry products that are concentrated, plant-based, and biodegradable such as Emma Laundry Soap by Eco-Me. Emma gets linens super-clean, without the harsh ingredients other detergents use, PLUS no softener needed. Also great for anyone who is allergy-prone, has sensitive skin, washing baby clothes, and hand-washing delicate items.

Kitchen

Toxins permeate food and remain on surfaces, so think twice before overdoing it with harsh, toxic cleaning supplies.

Dishwashing: When shopping for an eco-friendly dish washing soap, try using a pure vegetable-based soap to wash dishes such as Suzy Dish Soap by Eco-Me; also gentle enough for hand-washing your fine china!

For tougher jobs and pots/pans, sprinkle a little bit of Kate Scrub Cleanser by Eco-Me on stainless steel, iron, or copper pots and scrub to clean. Kate is great for all kitchen cleaning needs – use on ovens, stove tops, cook and bakeware too!

Bathrooms

These spaces are typically more of an enclosed area with not-so-great ventilation and a ton of humidity, so green cleaners make a lot of sense, especially here.

Phil Toilet Bowl Cleaner by Eco-Me has an essential oil blend that reduces bacteria, germs and odors. Sodium Bicarbonate is an effective abrasive for toilet bowls. Remove odors and germs, safe for septic systems too.

Bill All-Purpose Cleaner by Eco-Me is safe and super-effective for all household cleaning including bathrooms. For use on windows, mirrors, tile, counters, vinyl, grout, stainless …proven to eliminate and reduce bacteria in 60 seconds. That’s fast cleaning!

PUMP up the CLEAN with Mia Hand Soap by Eco-Me. Mia is a foaming hand soap with invigorating scents such as Wild Jasmine, Citrus, Sage and Fresh Mint. With over 150 uses per bottle, one pump is all you need. Wash hands in hot water, suds up, and rinse. Germs be gone!

About the Author

Tips and article provided by Robin Kay Levine, Founder and Jenn Mihajlov, Vice President of Eco-Me.