Book review time! I know very few of you read my quick articles on cleaning with fewer chemicals, but it's really worth it to realize how many chemicals we pour into our environment just in cleaning up our house, dorm, or apartment. There are dozens of books out on the market which claim to tell you how to clean using fewer chemicals, and I've read several of them. Thus far, Michael de Jong's Clean has stood out as a fairly no-nonsense guide.
A lot of the books out on cleaning greener are panicky. I read one that, in less than fifty pages, made me want to desperately take the author out for yoga and a chill pill. They panic at the amount of chemicals in our home environments, how disease is on the rise, and turn cartwheels about how we're killing ourselves while not really giving much good advice except "buy a greener cleaning solution". De Jong's book is much more calm and, not surprisingly, zen. His book is divided into five sections: salt, baking soda, vinegar, borax, and lemon. Each, alone or combined with another, is a cleaning ingredient. He lists tips under each section, and includes a reference in the front for easy browsing. I've read a lot of similar tips in other books, but he had some I've never heard of, and many which I know work. The book is also fairly small and inexpensive, if you can't find it at your local library for a quick peruse.
You can also find him online with tips here.
Green clean - it's cheaper, better for your home and macro-environment, safer for your skin, and more kind for the planet. Give it a shot!