Thursday, January 8, 2009

More Questions from Green Kids: Earth Friendly Cleaning and Products

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko


A number of the authors of Our Class is Going Green, have sent me comments and questions about Earth friendly cleaning and products. This information is especially for AJ, JoHanna, Baylee, Myla, Desaray, Ariel, Trey G., and Ethan. Thanks for your questions and ideas. Here are some of mine:
  • Families are just like teams. We need to work together to find the best ways to clean our homes and take care of the Earth. I use mostly all-natural, biodegradable cleaners. This means that the cleaner will not remain forever in the soil. It will break down and disappear. Good cleaners can be made from things around your home like vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and other items. You can find books at the library about making these cleaners. Also, there is lots of information on the Internet about natural cleaners.
  • If you do not want to make your own cleaners, there are a lot of good ones you can buy. My favorite general cleaners are BioKleen All Purpose Cleaner and Dr. Bronner's All-Natural Liquid Soaps. I like the clean smell of BioKleen. Seventh Generation makes a good dish soap. These are sold at many health-food stores like Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's. Many smaller, health-food stores have these cleaners also.
  • How do I find Earth friendly products? What I do not find in local, all-natural shops, I find on the Internet. I look for sales, coupons and discounts. Google is a great way to look things up. Have some fun on the computer with your family next Saturday.
  • Thank you, Ariel, for asking how I learned all of this. Every day I use natural cleaners. I also read EVERY DAY. Reading is very important. You and your friends will be good keepers of the Earth if you read every day. You will learn how to take care of the Earth. Also, reading every day will make you a very good student.

I'll be back next Thursday to comment on some more of your questions and ideas. Thanks again for writing to me.

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