My husband first bought “Greening the Cleaning” products many years ago – probably for two main reasons, (although I don’t profess to speak for him.) First, one of our children has asthma, and we try to keep all toxic cleaners and heavily-scented products out of our home. Second, 100 percent of all the brand’s after-tax profits go to The Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer in Ribera, New Mexico. There, Deirdre and Don Imus and their staff ensure only non-toxic cleaning agents are used and the kids are fed an organic, vegetarian diet. (If you’re looking for a great vegetarian cookbook, by the way, some of the recipes they make on the ranch can be found in Deirdre Imus’s cookbook “The Imus Ranch – Cooking for Kids and Cowboys.” That book has been a staple in my cookbook library since it was published in 2004.)
While we may have started buying the cleaners in part because they were non-toxic, and in part because the profits benefitted the ranch, we continued using they because they work really well. Unlike some non-toxic glass cleaners, this brand doesn’t leave streaks on my mirrors, which makes me very happy. It can also be used on computer screens, copiers, plexi-glass and other hard surfaces. Plus, it’s scented with essential oils of orange, tangerine, sage and grapefruit. Yum!
Both the All-Purpose and Glass Cleaner are each $5.25 for a 32-ounce container at The Center for Green Building, 3309 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, (203) 382-0774. www.centerforgreenbuilding.com