Green cleaning takes bleach out of the bucket - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Green cleaning takes bleach out of the bucket

-Wall Street opened for business Tuesday with oil prices dropping to their lowest levels since May.  Investors liked the idea of oil dropping, so they bought some stocks.  The Dow is up 266.48 points to close at 11,397. The Nasdaq also closed up 55.40 points at 2,319.

-House prices fell nationally in May by the steepest rate ever. The Standard & Poor's Case Shiller 20 city index, shows prices off 15.8 percent for May compared with a year ago.  No city in the Case-Shiller 20 city index saw price gains in May with the steepest decline in Las Vegas and Miami where prices fell 28 percent.  By comparison, according to the Greater Louisville Realtors Association, prices here fell 2.8 percent the first half of this year compared to 2007.

-The two largest satellite radio companies are now one.  XM and Sirius have finalized their merger.  The new company will have name Sirius XM Radio Incorporated and will continue to be traded on the Nasdaq exchange.  Sirius XM expects to save about $400 million next year and expand its present subscription base of $18.5 million.

-If your idea of cleaning the house is to wash it down in bleach, then this will come as news. Green cleaning is taking the bleach out of the bucket and replacing it with natural, non toxic products.  Along the way it's creating a new business model.

When Ginger and Stephen Mehling have their house cleaned, it's all green.  John Hawkins company, Cosmopolitan Cleaning and Concierge works exclusively with all natural, non toxic, biodegradable products.

John has found natural products for every surface to be cleaned; and some with containers that won't end up in the landfill.  John said, "What we have found is that the method product, the stainless steel cleaner is one of the best on the market.  For wood, the product Method Wood for is great and our favorite is the Peace of the Earth not only because they're natural non-toxic and biodegradable but the company is here in Louisville and we can get these containers refilled."

The green cleaning idea continues to spread. John told says the last five clients he has added all requested the green method.

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