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The Ultimate Green Spring Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
Did you know that common household cleaners may contain toxic chemicals that are bad for your family and for the environment? Take our quiz to find out more.

What percent of United States households use chemical-based air fresheners?

  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent

Which United States organization that seeks to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth tested air fresheners and found them to be hazardous to your health?

  • the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • the Natural Resources Defense Organization
  • the Natural Resources Defense Association

Which natural products can you substitute for chemical air fresheners in your home?

  • baking soda
  • sugar
  • cooking oil

How many trees could be saved if one run of The New York Times was printed on recycled paper?

  • 25,000 trees
  • 50,000 trees
  • 75,000 trees

How many pounds of paper do America families throw away each year?

  • 1,500 pounds (680.4 kilogram)
  • 2,500 pounds (1133.9 kilogram)
  • 3,500 pounds (1587.6 kilogram)

What can you do to make your home office paperless?

  • print less e-mails
  • sign up for paperless billing
  • both of the above

How many gallons of water does a top-loading washing machine use to wash a load of laundry?

  • 20 gallons (75.7 liters)
  • 30 gallons (113.6 liters)
  • 40 gallons (151.4 liters)

What can you do to save on water and electricity when doing laundry?

  • Wear dirty clothes.
  • Install a clothesline.
  • Use the dirty water for bathing.

How much does the average American household spend on water and sewer bills per year?

  • 100
  • 300
  • 500

How many gallons of water does the average American use per day?

  • 10 (37.8 liters)
  • 50 (189.3 liters)
  • 100 (378.5 liters)

What steps can you take to reduce your household water consumption?

  • Use a low-flow showerhead.
  • Install a toilet dam.
  • both of the above

What's a great way of reducing energy consumption in your home?

  • Unplug appliances and electronic devices when not in use.
  • Stop using appliances and electronic devices.
  • Sell your appliances and electronic devices

Why is paint so toxic?

  • They contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • They contain arsenic.
  • They contain pesticides.

How many tons of disposable towels did Americans dispose of in 2004?

  • 43,000 tons (39009 metric tons)
  • 63,000 tons (57153 metric tons)
  • 83,000 tons (75296 metric tons)

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use two-thirds less energy than:

  • LED bulbs
  • halogen bulbs
  • incandescent bulbs

How much can you save on your electricity bill by replacing one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent one?

  • 10
  • 20
  • 30

Which common household ingredients can be used to clean your home?

  • vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • both of the above

Which type of cleaning supplies are friendly to the environment?

  • eco-friendly cleaning supplies
  • ammonia-based cleaning supplies
  • ethylene-based cleaning supplies

What’s the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of household items you don't need anymore?

  • Recycle them.
  • Throw them away.
  • Burn them.

Indoor air is _____times more polluted than outdoor air.

  • three
  • five
  • seven