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Green Cleaning by the Numbers

Bulldozer in the middle of a landfill

3,000: the number in tons of paper towels sent to landfills each day.

100: the number of dollars your family could save by replacing paper towels with microfiber cloths or towels.

215,780: the number of exposure cases called into poison centers in 2007 involving household cleaning substances; 118,068 of those calls involved exposure to children age five and under.

100: the number of times higher that indoor air pollution levels can be above outdoor air pollution levels, according to U.S. EPA estimates.

17,000: the number of petrochemicals available for home use, of which only 30 percent have been tested for exposure to human health and the environment.

63: the number of synthetic chemical products found in the average American home, translating to roughly 10 gallons of harmful chemicals.

275: the number of active ingredients in antimicrobials that the EPA classifies as pesticides because they are designed to kill microbes.

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Last updated: September 11, 2009

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