Big News! And A Great Green Holiday Giveaway

First the big news: I am moving! After 12+ years in our current home in Virginia, my husband and I are packing up the kiddos (and dogs and cats,) and heading to Pennsylvania. I won't lie. This whole process has been bittersweet. My husband got a great new job that he is very excited about, this is a new part of the world for all of us that we can't wait to explore, and PA offers a lot of … [Read more...]

Green Your Spring Cleaning

OK, so its not technically spring just yet. But the warm weather that hit most of the U.S. over the weekend had me itching to clean out the cobwebs, throw open the windows, and wave bye-bye to winter.  And as part of this month's , I've joined up with other eco-savvy mamas to talk about green spring cleaning.  Here's how its done: Reduce: The first step in cleaning is to get rid of all of that … [Read more...]

Cancer or Germs? I’ll take the germs.

by Melissa Goldberg I must admit that in my house we might be thought to be a little lax when it comes to germs. I am not saying that we do not wash our hands when we go to the bathroom or before we eat. We play in the yard digging for bugs and worms and get big slobbery kisses from our dog. We are not afraid of dirt, and follow the "five second rule".  That said, we are a very clean family. We … [Read more...]

It’s Monday…Here’s How To Unclog That Drain

You know its Monday when your day starts off with a screaming toddler, a juice spill that reaches from one end of the counter to the other, and a clogged sink drain. The toddler and the spill I can handle with a snack and a towel, respectively. But how can I take care of the clogged drain without reaching for a bottle of chemicals? Here's the green fix for clogged drains… Baking Soda and … [Read more...]

Simple Steps To Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning

Spring is here! Time to throw open those windows and wipe away the mounds of dust and grime that accumulated over winter. But don’t fill your house up with nasty chemicals while you clean. Get a green clean using these simple steps: Declutter: Clean out the clutter by going from room to room and getting rid of stuff that you no longer need. (It’s just collecting dust anyhow!) Click here for info … [Read more...]

Get A Green Clean, Part II

I'll admit it...I hate to clean. I am not one of those lucky folks who finds cleaning to be relaxing or therapeutic. Instead, I think it is a chore. Unfortunately, I am one of those folks who really likes to have a clean house. So it is a chore that I tackle regularly. The good news is that since I have been using eco-friendly cleaning products in place of the chemical stuff you find on most store … [Read more...]

Don't Be A Tosser

I know as well as any other parent that paper towels and other disposable cleaning wipes are darned handy when it comes to cleaning up fast. But it’s actually just as fast to reach for a reusable cloth to do the job. Target has a great line of organic cotton cloths and towels as do Ecover and Seventh Generation. For sponges, look for natural sponges that are biodegradable and can even be composted … [Read more...]

A Green Clean For Clothes

Want to get your family's clothes clean without drowning them in chemicals? Natural ingredients such as borax, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, washing soda, and white vinegar are safer for you, your children, and the environment. Check out GreenerChoices.org for specific recipies. If you just love your laundry detergent, try just using less of it by adding 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash. Need to … [Read more...]

Get A Green Clean

Harmful chemicals and toxins abound in the average cleaning products. As a parent, I was always wondering what was worse...dirt and germs or the chemicals I was using to clean them up! But if you're looking for a greener way to clean up those juice spills, don't be taken in by green slogans. Get savvy about labels and learn to separate the green from the toxic. According to David Steinman, … [Read more...]