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How to keep your fireplace green and clean

December is here and we are officially into fireplace  season. Having a fireplace can be a wonderful, relaxing asset to your home but it also can be  huge responsibility. Knowing how to properly use, clean and maintain your fireplace can make the difference between it being a source of pleasure or a source of stress.

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Clean kitchen, check. Clean bathrooms, check. Clean air ducts…what?

When was the last time you thought about the air ducts in your home? Probably not lately, right? The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that people spend 90% of their time indoors, but that indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Neglected air ducts can directly affect the air quality of your home and can affect your health, safety and wallet.

Duct cleaning involves the  cleaning of all heating and cooling system components of forced air systems which includes the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles/diffusers, heat exchangers, heating/cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and housing, along with the air handling unit housing. Read entire article here…


Just had a baby? Now is a great time to ditch those toxic chemicals!


Have you ever seen the look on the face of a mom when a mom-to-be makes the announcement that they are having a baby? It is a look of joy, excitement and a little bit of knowing. Veteran moms knowthat no matter how many videos you watch, classes you take or books you read, you are never fully prepared. Until you live with a baby, you cannot fully know what you are in for.


While this may not be true in all cases, it was true in my case. The exhaustion, the emotions, the mess! Oh the messes those cute little buggers make! Even after two children I still cannot figure out how something as small as one chocolate chip can make an entire living room sticky! Thanks to their uber-cutness we deal with the mess (how great is that first smile….melts all the stress away) and carry on with our daily routine…just a bit more sticky.


If you have transitioned to a green cleaning routine by now (go you!!) you are probably familiar with all the benefits of a green cleaning routine to you and your family….especially baby! If not, no worries, today is always a good day to start!

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Keeping baby’s laundry clean and green

When I first became a mommy there was a lot of little things that I did not prepare myself for. The lack of sleep. The lack of time. The mounds and mounds of laundry that little, sweet cherub produced on a daily basis. I truly had no idea how many times I would have to change the clothes on my infant son. I fully expected the change of clothes from pj’s to daily clothes back into new pj’s at night but I think I was in serious denial. There were days that I would put a fresh onesie on my son only to have him soil it within minutes and then again an hour later. This went on for months! I needed to keep up on all this laundry but I knew that I had to change my washing ways. Read entire post here


Are you guilty of having a dirty grill?

Does your grill look like this? If so, I am here to help!

Summer is coming to a close and for some, this means the end of grilling season. Even if you are the die-hard “I’ll-grill-in-a-snow-storm” type, in order to get the best performance from your grill, you need to keep that grill clean!

Now I know all of you have been really, really good keeping that grill clean all summer, right? We all know, the best way to clean a grill is to not let greasy, charred bits build up and I know you have been diligently cleaning your grill after each use. Wait, you haven’t? It’s ok, I am guilty of grill neglect this summer (as seen in the photo above) but it’s ok because I am here to help! As you read these tips remember to always consult your manual & follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific grill. Continue reading here


Create your own Chemical Free Cleaning Kit for your college bound kid


Are you sending your “baby” off to college this year? If so, you have probably gone (or will be) shopping for all the dorm must-haves that have been advertised like crazy since July. You have the Hello Kitty lamp and the beanbag chair all ready to send off with your college student but have you considered what  your son or daughter will be using to keep their dorm room or apartment clean? I know it is easy to just run to the store and grab any old bottle of chemicals but  wouldn’t it be a wonderful gift to teach your child how to clean the non-toxic way? Not only will you be keeping them healthy, you will save money in the long run! You can even make this non-toxic cleaning kit as a thoughtful housewarming gift to someone who is just starting out or if you want to help someone who is overcoming a serious illness such as cancer* and needs to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their cleaning routine. Continue reading 

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