Gear Up For Spring Cleaning, But Don't Let It Make You Sick!

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Breathe easy: New book addresses healthy home cleaning room by room, safer for you and the environment.

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A new book is urging spring cleaners to take a second look at their cleaning products and make healthy substitutions, arming readers with tips for keeping each room of the home healthy for the sake of inhabitants and the environment. Written by a professional organizer who helps clients to conquer clutter room by room, Clean Your Home Healthy: Green Cleaning Made Easy (Morgan James Publishing) is the new bible for the environmentally conscious spring cleaner, especially ideal for homes with young children -who may just be eating off the floors!

Written by Candita Clayton, Founder of Your Life Organized (, Clean Your Home Healthy lists products that are healthier alternatives to your mother's cleaning bleach and discusses how to tackle each room of the house from "Good Bathroom Habits" to "Kitchen Savvy" to "Non-Toxic Nurseries" for baby.

Clayton not only makes suggestions for cleaning products to use in order to keep the home healthy, but also talks about the type of candles (soy only) that one should use when drawing a romantic bubble bath, herbal sachets that can be kept in a drawer to keep clothes smelling fresh naturally, and less toxic options to traditional flea and tick dog collars that are full of poisonous chemicals. Clayton also makes recommendations for other elements of the home that may contribute to poor air quality such as carpet and furniture choices.

"From my experience as both a mother of young children and a professional organizer who goes into clients' homes, I decided to write this book to help people make educated decisions about the products they use and to substitute healthier products for those that might negatively impact their health and the health of the environment."

Some of Clayton's favorite companies that produce "green" cleaning products are Mrs. Meyers, Method, Ecover, Seventh Generation and Whole Foods. She points out that Mrs. Meyer's specifically makes a line of products formulated for cleaning baby's rooms which are must-haves for expectant and new parents. One of her personal favorite products for dusting, window cleaning, and getting finger marks off of stainless steal is Method Microfiber cloth that can efficiently be used over and over again.

"To really save money and be environmentally conscious, employ what I call the 'Fab Five,'" suggests Clayton, when discussing how to clean items such as roasting pans and cookie sheets, "Hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, white vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap are ingredients can be used in various formulations, to clean just about anything."
For more of Candita Clayton's tips on cleaning and maintaining a healthy and environmentally friendly home, Clean Your Home Healthy: Green Cleaning Made Easy can be purchased on

For information on Clayton's professional organizing services, see or visit her blog at

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