Franciscans to explore ‘green cleaning’


CLINTON – “Green Cleaning: A ‘hands on’ adventure in learning how to clean house without endangering your health or the planet’s!” will take place at The Canticle, home of the Sisters of St. Francis, on Sunday, May 15, from 2–3 p.m.  The program is free and open to the public.

Certain chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to reduced fertility, birth defects, increased risk of breast cancer, asthma, respiratory disorders and hormone disruption. Yet no law requires cleaning product companies to list all the ingredients in their products on the label.

The Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking has scheduled the next in its series “Building a Sustainable Clinton” around this topic.

“Who needs potentially hazardous chemicals when you can use safe ingredients like baking soda and vinegar? They’re just as effective and easier on your wallet,” said Laura Anderson, coordinator of the Center. “We will demonstrate how to clean safely and for less money. We even will provide recipes for guests to take their lessons home and use them daily.”


The program will be directed by Sarah Gall, Ph.D., professor of biology at Ashford University in Clinton, and Ed Gall. Now a professor of philosophy and religion at Ashford, Gall holds a master’s of divinity degree, bachelor’s of science and a master’s of science in environmental engineering.

Call (563) 242-7611 or visit for details.

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