Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cleaner & Greener

                                          Spruce up the home the eco-friendly way

By Krista Bocko
Current Publishing

With spring just around the corner, you may be thinking about sprucing up your living space, airing out, clearing out, cleaning and painting

Ahh, spring cleaning and fix-up. It feels so good after a winter of letting everything slide, doesn’t it?

The earth might feel a little better if you use earth-friendly products to do the job, too.

Tracey Hiner of local TraceyClean can help with the cleaning products. Her company makes “green” cleaning products. When you’re done cleaning, your home smells great -- fresh and clean.

Paint is another key to freshening up a room or furniture. When looking for a relatively inexpensive and easy way to transform a room, paint can be answer. There are now low-to-no VOC (volatile organic compound) paints on the market, making it an earth- and health-friendly proposition as well.

Why use green products? Well, for one reason, they might make it easier to breathe when you are cleaning and painting.

The essential oils Hiner uses have antibacterial properties, so they are effective like commercial cleaners, but not harmful to you, your pets or the environment.

Hiner said she started making and selling green cleaning products after growing weary of
“big companies not caring or taking responsibility to stop producing dangerous products, and with companies advertising products as natural, green, or nontoxic when they may not be.”

Her line of products includes all- purpose, glass, and surface cleaners, to name a few. She makes deliveries around Hamilton County. Check the list of retail locations, including the Harvest Fresh Market in Carmel, for her products at

What’s really helped her business grow, she said, is public awareness of the dangers of cleaning products.

“Once people become more concerned about being eco-friendly, they want more information about all aspects on how to “green” their lifestyle, from food to cleaning products to recycling,” she said.

And painting.

Most paints contain organic solvents which can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue and dizziness.

There are some paints with little or no volatile organic compounds. They include:

Mythic Paint product is non-toxic, with absolutely no VOC’s in paint or colorant. Its dealership in Indianapolis is located at 5225 W. 74th St. 

Olympic and Valspar make low-no VOC paint and are available at Lowe’s in Noblesville.

Sherwin Williams Harmony brand is available at Sherwin-Williams stores in Carmel, Westfield and Noblesville.

Porter Paints in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and Cicero and Home Depot in Carmel and Noblesville also offer low-no VOC paint.

Remember, if you make the switch to low-no VOC paints, don’t simply toss the unwanted products in the garbage can. These are toxic household wastes and must be properly disposed. The Hamilton County Hazardous Waste Center, located near the fairgrounds at 1717 Pleasant St. in Noblesville is the place to dispose of all environmentally unsafe products.

TraceyClean readers special

As a special for new customers through this article, Tracey is offering a 10 percent discount on purchases through March 30. Enter NOBMAR in the promotion code to receive your discount. Delivery is $2.99 anywhere in Hamilton County.

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