Green Cleaning

Cleaning To-Do List

Cleaning the house ranks as one of my least favorite things to do. With two little ones its hard to find the time and the energy to keep things tidy. I’d love to have a housekeeper stop by our place once a week, but there isn’t room in our budget for a luxury like that. [...]

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 [...]

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