Category: Green Cleaning

All Natural Dryer Sheets

I’ll admit, I’ve always been too much of a penny pincher to opt for dryer sheets. I remember getting a box from someone and cutting each sheet in half to make them last longer because I surely wasn’t going to buy any! Of course, that was all before going green and crunchy. Now that I’m into a more natural way of living, I avoid buying dryer sheets for more than just frugal reasons.  Dryer sheets as it turns out are full of nasty ingredients. Did you know that over 25 volatile air pollutants are found in laundry products? These air...

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Homemade Soft Scrub

I don’t know about you but soft scrub was one of my favorite cleaning products before I switched to cleaning green. It’s a great consistency and does the job easily. However, commercial soft scrub is not all that natural and I prefer to avoid the ingredients that it can contain. What does commercial soft scrub contain?   Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate – aquatic toxicity Alcohol Ethoxylate – endocrine and reproductive effects, impurities related to cancer Fragrance – skin allergies and damage, aquatic toxicity, respiratory issues Preservatives – non-specific but it raises a giant F rating from EWG! And that’s just for...

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Green Cleaning Basics

We’ve been talking a lot about why we should switch to natural cleaning. Cleaning green helps keep the environment clean but it also helps our homes stay clean and we in turn are healthier for it. We’ve also discussed the different ways to clean naturally. This often means relying on vinegar, baking soda, or oil to clean and polish our homes. Originally I planned on talking about different store bought products that you could buy but truth be told, I just can’t bring myself to recommend any of them. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great natural...

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Ways to Clean Green

There are many reasons why we should make the switch to cleaning green. We benefit as does the environment, when we choose to naturally clean our homes. Once you realize that the usual cleaning products on the shelves are actually harming us and not really helping us, you’re likely dying to begin cleaning green! But where to start? Believe it or not, switching to natural cleaners is one of the easiest “green” changes you can make. It’s so easy that it’s often the first area that people choose to change. Don’t stress out about making this change. It’s easy...

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Benefits of Cleaning Green

 There was once a time people had just a few options for cleaning products. Now you can walk down aisles upon aisles and see hundreds of cleaning supplies. Options are a great thing of course but sadly most of the products on the market aren’t very natural. Somewhere through the years, we’ve concerned ourselves with how nice a product smells or how efficient a product works and completely ignored the safety of the ingredients. Now there was once a time when I thought that ingredients in cleaning products were no big deal. I mean it’s not like I’m pouring...

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Clean the Air with Essential Oils

Essential oils are the big thing right now. Everyone has suddenly jumped on the essential oil wagon and for good reason too! Essential oils are very strong and very effective. These aren’t just lovely smells in a bottle either; essential oils actually have health benefits ranging from acne treatment to mood boosters and everything in between. Knowing that essential oils are so effective, it should come as no shock that you can actually clean the air in your home with essential oils. At first, it might just seem like you are filling the house with pretty smells but essential...

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10 Ways to Clean the Air in Your Home

In my post about why we need to clean the air in our homes, I mentioned that the indoor air is often worse than the air outside! In fact, indoor air can be 2-5 times worse! Our homes lack the natural filters that the outside world has to help deal with the contaminants that are everywhere. The good news is that there are natural and easy ways to help clean the air in your home. Some of these ways are achieved by removing toxic items from our home; products that are releasing harmful chemicals into the air. Other methods...

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