Is Your Spring Clean Green?

Spring FlowerI’m so excited to announce that I will be joining Chris Miles this Saturday March 28 on the radio show HouseTalk Today.  The show is a regionally syndicated radio show, broadcast live via the Salem Radio Network, each Saturday afternoon from 1pm – 3pm Central time in Dallas/Ft Worth on 660AM The Answer.  Our host is Chris Miles with over 40 years experience in homebuilding and remodeling. For more information and the podcast http://www.housetalktoday.com/.

Now…back to our regularly scheduled programming….er…article!

Spring has sprung…or at least here in the Midwest, the weather has moved to the roller coaster of warm and not-yet-warm days so typical of March.  There have been enough warm days to give me a bit of spring fever and that seems to lead me to spring cleaning.  Check out a few of my ideas for spring cleaning (aka green cleaning, ha ha) below.

Over the years, I’ve moved to cleaning with fewer and fewer chemicals all over my home. When my children were younger, they both had migraines and exhibited chemical sensitivities. I began paying attention to the chemicals I was bringing into our home, especially soaps, detergents and other cleaners.  Surprisingly, even 10-15 years ago, there was a decent selection of “better” choices for cleaning. This started my quest for looking for better ways to clean without a bunch of chemicals.  There are many choices today in your local grocery or big box store.  Even more options are available online or at specialty stores.  Or you can make your own! It turns out that vinegar, baking soda and lemons make great cleaners and have been used for centuries.

For our HomeNav users, check out more about making your own green cleaners in the Homeowner Resources section http://my.homenav.com/resources/green-living/household-chemicals/green-cleaning.php (you will need to be logged in to go to the section).

If you aren’t a DIYer for your home cleaners, try one or more of the many better alternatives and see how it works for you.  I personally use several products from Better Life http://www.cleanhappens.com/  right here in my hometown of St. Louis.  Better Life products were invented by a pair of St. Louis dads that wanted safe products for their families.  They were on Shark Tank last year too.

Earlier this week, I was reading an article in Inc. about “Cool College Start Ups” http://www.inc.com/ananya-bhattacharya/coolest-college-startups-2015.html.  One of the companies showcased is Ava Anderson Non Toxic.  She offers a wide variety of non-toxic home cleaning products (and more!) on her online store http://www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/.

Whether you are a DIYer or just a buyer (thanks for phrase, Danielle!) – there are many better options for cleaning your home this spring and beyond.  Happy Spring and happy green clean!

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