1) Check out your garbage pick-up services and see if they have any special hazardous waste pick-up days (or a location for drop-off). You can get rid of some of those harsh chemicals without feeling guilty about putting them in the garbage because they will be disposed of properly.
2) Return unused items. Not kidding. Take them back to the store, get a refund, and use that money to invest in something greener.
I haven't used option number 1 (yet) but I have used option 2. Remember my Costo trip from last weekend? Well, on that same trip I returned some non-green cleaning products. Let me introduce you to my former cleaning crutch:
|Image from Clorox.com|
I'm still hoping for the day when I will walk into Costco and find even more greener cleaning options available (in addition to my laundry and dishwasher detergent). How great would it be to find a greener version of my beloved disinfecting wipes on the shelf, in bulk, and modestly priced? A girl can dream right!? Hopefully when that day comes, the hubby will be at home so he can be spared the embarrassment of my silly overreaction. Haha. In the meantime, I have a decision to make. What's it going to be:
|Images from: SeventhGeneration.com and GreenWorksCleaners.com|
I'm happy to report that the disinfecting wipes are the last on our list of cleaning supplies that needed to make the switch from clean to green. I'll tell you more about how we made the switch with our other cleaners in Part II...and maybe Part III. It's hard to say how many posts this is going to take ;)