Green Cleaning

Scrubbing the Floors

In what can only be explained as a fit of third trimester nesting, I scrubbed the grout on our kitchen floor this morning. Our townhome is in a building that is about 20 years old, and in that time I don’t think the grout has ever been cleaned – it was icky when we moved [...]


Clorox Making Progress…

Good news! Clorox just announced that alkyl phenol ethoxylatess (APEs) and phthalates — chemicals linked to reproductive harm, birth defects and fertility problems — will no longer be included in their products’ fragrances. APEs are surfactants found in laundry detergents, stain removers, and all-purpose cleaners. Often detected in rivers, they have been found to reduce [...]


The Cheap & Easy Way to Avoid Static Cling!

A few years ago I quit buying dryer sheets. Why, you may ask? Because they simply aren’t necessary and they definitely aren’t healthy! In 2000, Anderson Laboratories conducted a study to determine if the chemicals used to make dryer sheets can cause health problems for some people. Researchers exposed mice to five commercial fabric softener [...]


Homemade Laundry Detergent – Update!

Back in May when I posted my recipe for homemade laundry detergent I never could have anticipated the excitement it would generate among my readers and their friends. I have gotten so much positive feedback about it – thank you! One of the best parts of homemade mothering is the ability to try new things [...]


The Homemade Way to Dust Furniture

dusting spray

When I was working full time away from home, most of my cleaning and general household chores were taken care of in the evening. However, I started to notice a trend on nights when I took care of the dusting: I couldn’t fall asleep. My heart would race, my nose was dry and my mind [...]


The Homemade Way to Clean the Loo

For the longest time, cleaning the bathrooms was my least favorite chore. Aside from the obvious gross-ness of the whole task, the process seemed to take forever and as soon as I was done they were dirty again. So, I devised a system to make this daunting duty a little friendlier. Gone are the harsh [...]


A Challenge For You:

A few years ago I quit cold turkey. No, I’m not referring to cigarettes (never had that habit) or drinking (I could never give up a good beer or a cute cocktail). I’m talking about paper towels. Yes, friends, I don’t use paper towels and I don’t miss them even a little bit!! Why did [...]


Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

liquid hand soap

My crusade to cut back on plastics in our household continues! I already stopped buying liquid body wash and switched to a bar of soap, so what’s my next target? Liquid hand soap. I don’t like the idea of having bars of soap on every sink in our house – liquid is much neater and [...]


Homemade Laundry Detergent

laundry detergent

About six months ago I became tired of buying expensive laundry detergent in obnoxious plastic packaging. So, I decided to start making my own. If you think this is the craziest homemade mothering idea yet, read these reasons and then give it a shot: 1. Save Money: The cost of making the below recipe is [...]


A Planet-Friendlier Automatic Dishwashing Detergent That Actually Works!!

Finally! Success! After many trials & errors I have finally found a planet-friendlier automatic dishwashing detergent that actually works!! I tried and liked Palmolive Eco, but since it came in a thick plastic bottle I couldn’t continue buying it in good conscience. I tried and hated Seventh Generation, Planet, Ecover. I even tried making my [...]


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