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Clean Green

There is nothing like kicking back and relaxing in a clean house.  To that end, we often turn to products containing harmful chemicals and synthetic fragrances.  Despite our efforts to “clean up our act” with more eco-friendly products, we can still subject ourselves to questionable ingredients.  Be sure to read those labels, folks!

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Here are 5 budget-friendly cleansers that can help you to clean green:

1.  Baking Soda:  Sodium bicarbonate is a mildly abrasive cleanser and deodorizer.  I sprinkle some on my kitchen counters and scrub them clean with a damp cloth.  Done and done!

2.  White Vinegar:  Incredibly popular, distilled white vinegar is a deodorizer, mildew and stain remover, and unclogging agent.  I use it in a spray bottle mixed with water, to clean our mirrors and windows.  Don’t like the smell of it?  Add some citrus to the mix!

3.  Club Soda:  Use this versatile cleaner to attack stains, clean stainless steel, do windows, and more!  I pour it directly into my kitchen sink, wipe it with a cloth, rinse it, then dry it.  Shine on a dime!

4.  Salt:  Whether it is used on it’s own, or with other substances, salt is mildly abrasive, deodorizing, and helps to remove stains.  I combine a little salt with some club soda to wipe down the inside of my refrigerator.  Ta-daaa!!!

5.  Lemon:  A natural cleaner, de-greaser, and disinfectant, lemons are the epitome of cleanliness.  I cut the peels into smaller pieces and run them down the garbage disposal.  So fresh and so clean!

What are your favorite green cleaners?

Back-To-School

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School is in session; and, this week, we are adjusting to a new environment (in my son’s case), new teachers, and new routines.  So far, we’re off to a great start.  In an effort to make our back-to-school routine more eco-friendly, here are two items that I purchased for my children:

1.  Eco-friendly water bottles:  I picked up two Kid Basix Safe Sporters in the 16oz size at my local Whole Foods Market.  The mud cap is a great protective feature for the sport top.  Also, I LOVE the wide mouth, which makes it easy to add ice cubes.  And the sleeve helps the kids to “get a grip.”  These bottles come in fun colors that I easily coordinated with their lunchboxes and backpacks.  Yep, I’m OCD like that.

The Safe Sporter 16oz in Marigold and Sea Green.

2.  Reusable sandwich and snack bags:  Earlier this year, I ordered the Reuseit Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags in two 3-piece sets (1 sandwich bag and 2 snack bags).  This week is our first time using them, due to my anxiety about the kids accidentally throwing them away.  A quick training session took care of that, as we wean ourselves off of plastic bags.  Again, I gave each child the set that best coordinated with their lunch box (I know, I know…).  Remembering to clean and dry them after school keeps me on my toes, that’s for sure.  Overall, I’m thrilled to have found this alternative.  Reuseit has great products, and helpful customer reviews to boot!

Reuseit Reusable Sandwich Bags in Black and Blue.

What are your favorite eco-friendly back-to-school products?

7 Tips For Earth Day 2013

April 22nd is Earth Day, and the party for our planet is already underway.  Here are some things that you COULD do to celebrate:

1.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Simplify and buy only what you need.   Carry reusable containers for groceries, meals, and beverages.  Think before you toss and take time to recycle, sell, and donate items that you no longer need.

2.  Think locally

Keep your events, activities, and errands close to home.  It’s a great way to boost your community’s economy and conserve energy.  Plus, it saves you time (and who doesn’t want more of that?).

3.  Carpool/Bike/Walk

Oftentimes, whether by choice or necessity, we endure gridlock on our roads and freeways.  Carpooling saves you money, reduces air pollution, and helps to cultivate relationships.  For shorter commutes and errands, you can get exercise and enjoy time outside by biking or walking to your destination.

4.  Plant

You could plant a tree, a vegetable garden, and/or flowers, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cleans pollution, secures soil in place to prevent erosion, and provides homes for various forms of life.  Plants can help to beautify our communities and our planet, as well as nourish our bodies.  Visit a local grower, community garden, or nursery, and get inspired to plant!

5.  Go natural

Finding natural solutions to clean your house is a great way to go green.  Water, white vinegar, and baking soda are inexpensive items that are used in green cleaning recipes.  It’s better for you, and better for the environment.

6.  Pick up trash 

This sounds so simple, yet there is evidence all around us indicating that we simply don’t do it.  I am often amazed and appalled at the things that get blown and tossed onto my yard.  Gather your family members, friends, and co-workers together and “git ‘er done!”

7.  Join the party

Check your local calendar for events and activities near you.  Make it a group effort or a family affair.  Have fun learning about how to help the environment, and meeting like-minded people.

Truth be told, every day should be Earth Day.  What are your tips for green living?

 

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