Alternatives to toxic products used in the house

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

We know that poorly treated sewage harms coral reefs. However, we know little about the effects of the various toxic products we routinely pour down the drain on the biology of most coral reef creatures. The lack of scientific attention to this problem, given its enormity, is particularly troubling as we are quietly but continuously poisoning many of them. Consider the following alternatives to toxic cleaning products. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they are often cheaper too! Below are the commonly used products and the eco-friendly alternatives

Detergent & Soap                   Elbow grease

Bleach                                        Hydrogen peroxide

Scouring Powders                Baking soda or salt

Floor Cleaner                         One cup white vinegar in 2 gallons water

Window Cleaner                    One cup vinegar in 1-quart warm water, rinse & squeegee

Varnish Cleaner                    Wipe with ½ cup vinegar & ½ cup water mixed

Toilet Cleaner                        Baking soda & brush

Shower Cleaner                     Wet surface, sprinkle baking soda, rub with scouring cloth

Aluminium Cleaner             2 Tablespoons cream of tartar in 1-quart hot water

Chrome Cleaner/Polish     Apple cider vinegar to clean, baby oil to polish

Fibreglass Stain Remover   Baking soda paste

Drain Opener                         Disassemble & replace; do not use toxic substances

Mildew Remover                 Paste using equal parts of lemon juice & salt

Wood Polish                          3 parts olive oil & 1 part white vinegar, almond or olive oil (interior unvarnished wood only)

New eco-friendly products in our eco-store

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

When thinking about ways to conserve resources, reduce waste, and limit damage to the environment, we often overlook some of the simple changes that we can all make at home to reduce environmental contamination. The RMP endorses and sells several cleaning products that replace traditional products that are harmful to the environment. Rather than relying on harsh substances to break down dirt, many of these products use natural solvents and enzymes to remove dirt and stains. Below are a few of the products available in our eco-store.

Laundry Detergent

We stock an ultra-concentrated laundry detergent requiring just a half ounce per load of laundry. Its blend of biodegradable detergents, enzymes, and brighteners target stains and remove them without using toxic or corrosive chemicals.

All-Purpose Disinfectant Cleaner

This product uses a botanical disinfectant formula made with essential oil and citric acid. It is made from botanically pure plant extracts with pleasant aromatic vapors. These proven botanical ingredients kill over 99.9% of bacteria and viruses

Hand Dishwashing Liquid

The RMP stocks dish soap that leaves dishes spotless without harsh chemicals. Its formula contains biodegradable ingredients created with super-concentrated formulas.

Tub and Tile Cleaner

This Tub and Tile cleaner uses natural citric acid and oils to destroy soap scum, lime scale, and hard water spots. Unlike traditional cleaners, this cleaner does not contain chlorine bleach, strong acids like sulfuric acid that can be harmful if ingested, or phosphoric acid that can act like fertilizer to algae in waterways.

These are just a few of the products available that can help reduce environmental contamination on our island and in our waters. Because they are all highly concentrated they come in smaller bottles, which mean less plastic waste, and are competitively priced to traditional cleaners. You will find that it is possible to get a great product, help protect the environment, and save money at the same time.