9 essential tools for green cleaning

When it comes to cleaning supplies, most people have an entire closet (or two) packed full of unnecessary tools and cleaners.  We’ve already talked about some of the things you should get rid of, but lets dive a little deeper into what you really need to get the job done.  It doesn’t take much, [Read more…]

Real green living, unplugged

Our homes have lots of things that use lots of electricity.  Light bulbs, TVs, refrigerators, computers, and many other appliances.  Each one of these things add up and are directly related to the price of your energy bills.  These energy hogs don’t just hurt your wallet…they also have a major impact on the environment we [Read more…]

Spring cleaning guide

It’s not too late for spring cleaning, and it may be nice to have a little help.  Try getting the whole family involved this year to make it easier–and maybe even fun! Here are three simple thoughts to make cleaning a little more enjoyable this year.

Share the work load – The first step to [Read more…]

Vinegar and baking soda: Real Green Cleaners

When it comes to green cleaning, there are two ingredients that we all love.  Vinegar and baking soda are extremely powerful and also very inexpensive.  You can clean your counter tops, toilet, and all of your appliances with them.  Lets be honest, there isn’t much these two can’t do.  We know they are amazing, but [Read more…]

Earth Day 2012

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Earth Day was first celebrated in San Francisco in 1970 and now it is enjoyed in over 175 countries. [Read more…]

How to beat high gas prices

There are few people in the world who are not feeling the burden of high gas prices.  The average American drives 12,000 miles a year and the average car gets around 25 miles to the gallon, which means the average American is burning through 480 gallons of fuel each year.  If the national average price [Read more…]

Real Green Weed Killer

Weed KillerWeeds are a nuisance each spring in our gardens, and many believe there is only one way to get rid of them.  Fortunately for us, Roundup is not the only way to kill unwanted plants.  Although Roundup is highly effective for many weeds, it is also very dangerous.  The main ingredient in Roundup is a chemical called glyphosate, which kills weeds by interfering with the synthesis of certain amino acids.  This causes a disruption in the plants growing cycle and eventually kills all of the living cells.  Although Roundup is marketed as being safe, significant research suggests that there are dangers associated with use of the product.  French researches discovered that 4 types of glyphosate-based herbicides caused deterioration in human cells within 24 hours.  Read more here about the hidden dangers of Roundup.

In order to avoid using a dangerous glyphosate-based product, try using some of the greener options listed below.  They may seem more difficult, but at least they are safe and non-toxic. [Read more…]

Green Cleaning Your Appliances

In order to extend the life of your major kitchen appliances, it is best to perform regular cleaning.  If you are consistent you can eliminate dirt and grime before it has a chance to build up and cause damage.

As you probably already know, there are special cleaners for just about every appliance you could possibly own.  Unfortunately, most of these special cleaners are chemical-based and very toxic. [Read more…]

Turning trash into gold

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We’ve all heard it said, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  Although it may seem cliché, it still can be true.  If you can’t personally reuse an item and you cannot recycle it, it does not necessarily mean it belongs in a landfill.  For the sake of being green, try passing along your unwanted items to someone who may like them.

One easy way to get rid of some clutter is to pass it along to a local charity.  Thrift stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity are always accepting donations.  These organizations accept everything from used clothing to unwanted building supplies.  They will either distribute the materials throughout the community, or put them up for sale for others to buy.  Either way it is a win-win for you and the planet.

For those who do not mind [Read more…]

Four foundations for going green

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As you focus on living a green lifestyle, keep these four strategies in mind. [Read more…]

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