Entries in eco-friendly (5)

Friday
Nov112011

Non-Toxic Cleaning Alternatives for a Healthy, Balanced Home

by Leslie Reichert, the Cleaning Coach

So you’re working hard to keep body healthy. You’ve learned a lot about organic foods. You see a chiropractor to keep your body aligned and limber. And you may even use acupuncture to keep your body balanced. But what about your home? What are you doing to keep things at home as healthy and balanced as your body?  We don’t realize it but our homes are as polluted as the outside air in downtown New York City. Instead of exhaust fumes, your home is filled with toxic chemicals, which include the cleaning products you are using.

There are simple alternatives that will help you take the toxins out of your cleaning. You can start with the “basic 4” which includes baking soda, white distilled vinegar, salt and lemon juice.  Don’t get confused about what to use or how to mix them. These are all natural products -- it’s a very simple formula. You need to remember that each one has natural properties. For example baking soda is a great smell remover but also is a great lifter. This means if you have something that is difficult to remove – try using baking soda on it. The baking soda helps lift the dirt off, so you can wipe it away. Vinegar is a natural acid. It works great for disinfecting as it can kill 98% of bacteria. Mix the two together and you get a powerful combo that will help clean pots, pans and even the drain in the kitchen sink. 

There are also great new technologies that are available for cleaning. A new product that is now being sold in the US is a “Skoy” cloth, which is a substitute for paper towels. One of these biodegradable cloths is the equivalent to 15 ROLLS of paper towels. And they can last up to a YEAR. They are an incredible value for anyone that feels they use too many paper towels.

If you want to learn more about greening your cleaning you can go to www.greencleaningcoach.com where you can see a video that explains even more about green cleaning. If you would like a recipe and a free video on how to make the cleaner go to www.thejoyofgreencleaning.com. Take a step in the right direction and learn more about removing chemicals from your environment. Together we can change the world, one spray bottle at a time!

Leslie Reichert is known as a Green Cleaning Coach. She is a national lecturer, contributor to a The Daily Green, which is a Hearst publication, a frequent homekeeping expert on Martha Stewart Living Radio and author of the book: The Joy Of Green Cleaning- a handbook for DIY cleaners.

Tuesday
Oct112011

The Best Eco Baby Gear? Used!

The amount of baby gear available these days is astounding, and ranges in price from affordable to crazily exorbitant. There are also a ton of opinions on what, and how much of it, your new baby needs. Wherever you weigh in on this topic, this gear can get pretty pricy, only gets used for a couple of years at the most, and then either ends up in a landfill or occupying valuable real estate in your garage.

Luckily, there are many places to find gently used or even new gear and clothes at a fraction of the cost, as well as sell your own babe’s outgrown treasures, and maybe make a little cash for the next go round!

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Thursday
Sep292011

Must-Have Cleaning Essentials for a Healthy Home

by Rachel Myers

As a green mama on a budget, I strive to teach people that often what we think we can’t live without are actually products that we should never be living with. Chemicals, plastics and toxins in our everyday products are unfortunate obstacles that we need to learn to navigate.

Babies explore the world with hands feet and mouths. It is essential that what they are touching has been cleaned with toxic free products so they are not ingesting it through their skin and lungs. I strongly believe that there should not be a cabinet or drawer in your home containing products so toxic, that if your child got into them, you would have to call 911! If it isn’t ok to get into, why would you spread it around your home?

 

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Monday
Jul182011

What's the Benefit of Using Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent?

Laundry. You love it, hate it, fall somewhere in between (me: love to do it, hate to put it away), or you just have someone else do it for you…

This weeks question is “What’s the benefit of using an eco friendly laundry detergent?”

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Monday
Jul112011

Eco-Friendly Rocker Options for Soothing Baby to Sleep

Happy Monday!

A comfortable rocking chair or glider is a must for every new mama, a cozy seat to feed and rock her babe. For late-night feedings, trying to get the little one to sleep or reading a story. And they come in handy well into toddlerhood as a place for kiddos to climb into your lap and cozy up for a yummy bonding session.

If your baby is fussy or colicky the gentle rocking or bouncing motion works wonders to soothe.

Ok, so now we know a rocker is a nursery necessity, but what kind to get?

A classic wooden one, reminiscent of The Waltons? Or a more contemporary, comfy, padded rocking chair or glider with an ottoman? Let’s look at some eco friendly options so you and your baby can just sit back, relax, and ROCK OUT! (get it?)

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