Most people believe that keeping the home clean maximizes health. While this might be true in theory, research shows that clean houses are increasingly co-related with lowered immunity in families. The reason is that most conventional household cleaning detergents release chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can be extremely toxic.. So don’t let yourself […]
GreenTalk Radio Host Sean Daily discusses the constituents, ethics, effectiveness, and availability of ecological household cleaning products with Kipling Rutherford-Sameshima, Marketing Associate with Ecover. Click Play Below,or Transcript Narrator: This program is brought to you by personallifemedia.com. Sean Daily: Hi and welcome to Green Talk, a pod cast series from greenlivingideas.com. Green Talk helps listeners […]
It happens to all of us. At some point, the kitchen or bathroom drain clogs and water backs up. At times horribly unpleasant odors are unleashed. While standard practice calls for lye-based drain cleaners, these toxic products can damage the pipes as well as your lungs. If preventative measures have failed to keep your drains clear, there is a natural solution. Instead of reaching for that bottle of caustic drain cleaner under the sink, try earth-friendly, homemade drain cleaner.
Why spend a fortune on cleaning products that introduce toxic chemicals into your living space? You can use simple ingredients, such as baking soda, lemons, and vinegar to make effective cleaners that work in every room of your house.
Laundry detergents—despite the harsh, chemical cleaning agents that make them work—are a household necessity. Clothes, sheets, curtains, and towels all need regular washes to keep them hygienic and functional. Thankfully, there are eco-friendly alternatives to the conventional plastic containers of syrupy detergent… Even though these natural alternatives may not fully eliminate the need for some […]
There are many easy-to-prep eco solutions for cleaning your living space. Mixed in the right combinations, these non-toxic cleaners work overtime to eliminate the grease, grime, and odors that accumulate in our homes. It’s so simple and economical to make your own green cleaners that once you try it, you won’t want to head back […]
Has your laundry lost its luster? Are your once-vibrant towels and clothes no longer fresh and sweet scented? Here are 5 tips to help revive lackluster loads… Pack loosely. Though it’s excellent practice to conserve energy by washing and drying larger loads, machines that are overloaded with items packed in too tightly will eventually yield […]
We all want a nice smelling home, which is why air fresheners are so popular. Many spray and plug-in fragrance products may smell sweet, but breathing in that “fresh scent” also causes you to inhale harmful chemicals such as phosphates, chlorine bleach, or ammonia. These unnatural substances can cause allergic reactions, trigger asthma attacks, and […]
Health-conscious label readers know that the lists of barely recognizable ingredients on product labels can be dizzying, and deceptive. But the effort put into deciphering labels is worthwhile, as increasing our awareness helps us to make people-friendly, eco-conscious choices. So what’s really in that little white scoopful of soap powder? Let’s break it down and […]
Conventional household sponges are a complicated business. Ironically, these items are useful for cleaning but if the sponges themselves are not kept clean, they actually facilitate the travel of pathogens. Bacteria-laden sponges can pose health risks to you and your family. On a similarly unhealthy note, materials used to make sponges impact the environment in […]
Have you been bitten by the spring cleaning bug? Why not start right now and welcome spring with a squeaky-clean house? Chances are your kitchen is already stocked with most of the ingredients you’ll need to make your own eco-friendly cleaners. Use this handy Spring Cleaning Checklist and our Natural Cleaning Recipes tip to safely […]
Our indoor spaces can hold more toxins than what greets us out-of-doors because our home is a virtually closed-off space where fumes and toxins can become concentrated. Having a clean space is essential for clarity of mind and creating the sense that things have a proper place. Some of the things we welcome into our […]
Why spend a fortune on cleaning products that introduce toxic chemicals into your living space when you can use simple ingredients, such as baking soda, lemons, and vinegar to make cleaners that work in every room of your house? Besides being a snap to make, they cost mere pennies! Here are a few simple recipes […]
Your kitchen is filled with gleaming new ENERGY STAR appliances and you compost every scrap that is suitable for your compost pile. "What’s the next thing I can do to up the eco ante?" you ask. One thing you may want to consider is using all natural household cleaning products in your green kitchen. To […]
Sean Daily, Green Living Ideas’ Editor-In-Chief, discusses the topics of non-toxic household cleaning products and green bathroom remodeling with the "Queen of Green," author and blogger Debra Lynn Dadd. Click Play Below,or