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When you're cleaning your home, the last thing you want to do is bring IN toxins!  If you clean the green way, not only can you get your windows sparkling and your floors shiny, you can make your home healthier for yourself and your family.  But where do you start?  What do you need to look out for?


Since it's just about time to start spring cleaning, dust off your thinking caps and jump in with your green cleaning questions.


This week, we're collecting questions for an interview with Mary Findley, co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Green Cleaning (Second Edition) - and just a little fun fact...Mary is a serious expert on green car care so you don't have to limit your questions to inside your home!


Things to remember:

  • Make sure to submit only 1 question per post (but feel free to ask as many questions as you like)
  • Check back to vote on the questions you'd most like to have answered by Mary (use the Thumb Up button to vote)


We'll send the best questions over to Mary and post her answers ASAP.


Check out the Interview Guidelines for a bit more help if you need it. Good luck - may the best questions win! an added bonus, one lucky question-asker will win a signed copy of

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Green Cleaning!

Edited by stins - 3/26/2009 at 06:09 pm
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How did you get started in the green cleaning industry?

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What are some specific ingredients in non-green cleaning products we need to watch out for?

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I know about chlorine and ammonia, but I was wondering if there anything that I should NOT combine with VINEGAR? I use it all the time for cleaning.

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Do you have a favorite Do It Yourself recipe for a cleaner?

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Are all waterless car washes considered eco-friendly (because they don't use water)?  Or are there some that are better than others?

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If you were to recommend just 5 products for someone to have in their green arsenal of cleaning products, what would they be?

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Cleaning a bathroom without a product that contains bleach seems impossible to me.  What alternatives do you recommend for tough jobs like tubs and showers (mildew, soap scum, stained grout, etc.)?

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Most cleaning products in the US claim to be "antibacterial". How acurate or even desirable is this quality, and what are some green alternatives?

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Are there any certification programs for green cleaners?  And if there are, can you trust them?

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In your opinion, is there a place for silicone and teflon in car care products? Are there more suitable 'natural' alternatives? 

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Theres a lot of talk about sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate both in cleaning products and in personal care. Some people say its horrible, others say its made from coconut oil and is natural. What do you think?

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Thanks for your great questions!  The interview is now closed.  But don't worry!  Head over here to read all of Mary's great answers:

Get Squeaky Clean with Mary Findley - Huddler Interview

Edited by stins - 4/29/2009 at 05:57 pm GMT
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