Wednesday, April 15, 2009

You Ready For Some Spring Cleaning?

There's nothing like getting a real deep clean done to your home to make you feel ready to shed those winter blues! Bissell, a brand that has been around for what feels like forever, has released some "greener" tips to getting your home clean this season. Happy Spring Cleaning!

1) Look for cleaning products and tools that are manufactured using recycled components

BISSELL’s new Green Little Green compact deep-cleaner is manufactured in a closed loop process using a minimum of 50 percent post consumer recycled plastic. BISSELL calculates that if every adult in the U.S. purchased a Green Little Green, it would be like recycling 658 million pounds of plastic, or 20 million bags of trash. The tanks and hose are also PVC free, and the carton and inserts are 100 percent recyclable. The new Green Little Green will be on shelves from June, retailing at $89.99.

2) Steam is an all-natural cleaner, sanitizing surfaces without the need for chemicals

BISSELL’s Steam Mop™ uses the disinfecting power of steam to clean hard floors naturally, with no harmful fumes or streaky residue left behind. After cleaning, the Micro Fiber mop pads can be washed and reused, eliminating the waste of disposable cloths. $79.99

3) Instead of using paper towels and disposable surface wipes, opt to turn your fraying t-shirts into good old-fashioned rags. Re-using textiles is a great way to reduce your environmental impact, as well as keep a few extra dollars in your pocket.

3) Not sure what type of impact those chemicals under your sink will have on the environment?

Look for sprays and formulas that are biodegradable, without phosphates, dyes, optical brighteners or heavy metals.

4) If you do have a tough stain, read the label on all sprays and formulas, and look for those that carry Eco-friendly certification like the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) seal

All BISSELL machine formulas carry DfE certification, and BISSELL was recently named a “Champion Formulator” in the DfE program's Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative