Green Hotels Association
    April 2016  


Spring Cleaning!

It’s time for Spring cleaning! Green cleaning is defined as cleaning to protect health without harming the environment. The last thing you want to do is dump toxic chemicals into the environment in the name of cleaning. Save money and protect your health with these effective green cleaning tips:

• Avoid cleaners containing phosphates. When they reach rivers and lakes, they cause algae blooms, robbing the water of oxygen, blocking sunlight and ultimately killing aquatic life. Choose green cleaners instead.

• Use washable cleaning cloths. Instead of throwing away one-use items like paper towels and mop pads, use old T-shirts and other rags that you can wash and use again. (When you do use paper towels, use 100% recycled ones.)

• Minimize use of bleaches. The most common bleach is chlorine, which in wastewater can create toxic compounds. Non-chlorine bleaches such as OxoBrite (Ingredients: Sodium Percarbonate, a mineral stain remover and Sodium Carbonate, a mineral water-softener) are gentler on clothes and the environment.

Birdsnest Crissie Fern
• Turn off the TV and go outside. Flat-screen TVs continue to be the biggest energy drain in the American home—and that’s just when you think it’s off! So put the TV on a power strip, and really turn it off. And at the same time, turn off that DVD player you haven’t used since November, and plug the Wifi into the power strip too. Now, head outside and feel the flow of the sun, not the TV. Wattage usage varies between models; choose an EnergyStar rated TV.

• Wash windows with a natural window cleaner such as vinegar, but rather than throwing out old T-shirts, use them as rags to clean your windows.

• Open the windows. There’s nothing better than waking up to a cool morning breeze. Turn off the AC or heat—and let your house get air conditioned by Mother Nature. It will be a breath of fresh air for you and your wallet.

• Clean indoor air naturally. Install living air filters— houseplants! Try Areca palm, Birdsnest Crissie, Reed palm, Dwarf date palm, Boston fern, Janet Craig dracaena, English ivy, Australian sword fern, Peace lily, Rubber plant, Weeping fig, Lavender and Spider plants.

"Green Office News: Spring Cleaning Time!, Greenline
Paper Company, greenlinepaper.com, April 16, 2016

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Clean indoor air naturally. Install living air filters—houseplants! Try Areca palm, Birdsnest Crissie, Reed palm, Dwarf date palm, Boston fern, Janet Craig dracaena, English ivy, Australian sword fern, Peace lily, Rubber plant, Weeping fig, Lavender and Spider plants.
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