The Vinegar Myth: Why Vinegar is Not a Great Natural Cleaner

The Vinegar Myth-Why Vinegar is Not a Great Natural Cleaner

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Vinegar is a great green and natural cleaner, right? Using vinegar as a multipurpose all-natural cleaner may very well have been one of the first things you read or learned when beginning your journey toward green and natural living. I know it was for me. As soon as I could after learning about vinegar as a natural cleaner, I ran to the store and picked up a 2 gallon jug of white vinegar and an empty spray bottle and came home […]

6 Steps To a Naturally Clean Home {Plus 48 recipes}

6 Steps to a Naturally Clean Home

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer When I first began my natural living journey, it all started with food. I was concerned with eating healthy and what I  put into my body. But it wasn’t long before I realized that the chemicals, lotions, and cleaners that I used everyday can actually seep into our skin and affect us as much or more than the food we eat. I began doing research and it didn’t take long for me to land on The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to […]

Spring Clean Your Garden Tools

Spring Clean Your Garden Tools

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Now that the days are starting to get longer and the air is starting to get warmer, I’m itching to get outside and garden. Since I live in Colorado, I still have several weeks before I can plant anything outside. However, now is a great time to spring clean all my garden tools. Then, when the time for planting finally arrives, I’ll be ready for the fun task of planting. Keeping garden tools clean will help them last longer. Clean […]

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Switching from mainstream cleaners to natural alternatives is honestly one of the easiest possible baby steps toward a greener, more natural life. Throw a few ingredients in a spray bottle and toss your Mr. Clean in the trash. It’s pretty much that simple, and the benefits far outweigh the 30 seconds of your time that it takes. In our home we don’t buy commercial cleaning products for anything (except for a natural dish soap). We make our own – and we reduce […]

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Pucks

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Pucks

Making a DIY version of dishwasher pucks was something I stumbled upon completely by accident – like many good things, of course. Over at DIY Natural, Matt and Betsy had shared their very excellent dishwashing detergent recipe, which includes citric acid for shine and non-cloudy glassware and which does its job well. The problem is, citric acid is hydrophilic – that is, it loves water, and thus when mixed in the recipe, it attracts moisture like crazy and if you don’t stir the mix every […]

67 Homemade, All-Natural Cleaning Recipes

67 Homemade, All-Natural Cleaning Recipes

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer After my first child was born, I started making  my own homemade, all-natural cleaning products. My purpose in making homemade, all-natural cleaners is two-fold: 1. It saves me money. 2. I can control the ingredients, which allows me to eliminate the toxins found in the majority of store-bought household cleaners. I started out with a basic vinegar-water, all-purpose cleaner, which is incredibly easy to put together and only pennies to make! It is still one of my favorites. A few […]

I Don’t Do Spring Cleaning

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By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer I’m coming out of the cleaning closet. Are you ready for this? Much to my mother’s dismay, I do not do spring cleaning. Yes, I know – your eyes are bugging out of your head. I see all these posts all over the internet about 10 Easy Steps to Spring Cleaning Your Home or Spring Cleaning Your Home Using Only Vinegar and One Towel! I’m keepin’ it real, y’all…I just send those posts directly to my trash folder. Booya. I’ve […]

16 Books On My “To Read” List

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I firmly believe that one can never own enough books. Our family has been on a mission to simplify and declutter over the past year or so. Books are one of those areas where I begin to sweat profusely and develop nervous twitches when I attempt to weed out the ones I want to get rid of. Making the switch to primarily digital books has made all the difference for me. Now I don’t have too worry about having too many, and I can also […]