The Greenwash Brigade

On how to find green cleaning, not green washing

Janne K. Flisrand Jan 6, 2009

I came across this 6-minute video on how to identify and avoid greenwashing when buying cleaning products or hiring someone to clean your home. The carpet cleaning blog where I found it seems, uh, rather informally managed, but the info appears generally reliable.

It’s really a Maid Brigade commercial embedded in the video, but the advice is sound, and if you skip the last 45 seconds, you miss most of the commercial. I like the five questions (opens PDF) to ask when hiring a cleaning services – although #5 is for those seeking perfection.

Personally, I prefer to hire locally, to keep the money in my local economy, to ensure whoever cleans my home has reasonable control over his/her hours and working conditions. Plus, I’m happy to help share green cleaning along the way – expanding the number of green cleaning services available in my community.

As a nonprofit news organization, our future depends on listeners like you who believe in the power of public service journalism.

Your investment in Marketplace helps us remain paywall-free and ensures everyone has access to trustworthy, unbiased news and information, regardless of their ability to pay.

Donate today — in any amount — to become a Marketplace Investor. Now more than ever, your commitment makes a difference.