by Jessica Jensen
Summer is just around the corner, and this is the time of year when we really ramp up our lawn activities– watering, fertilizing, mowing, etc. And all of these can have major negative environmental consequences. Did you know that over 50 million Americans mow their lawns each weekend, and that mowing contributes as much as 5% of the country’s air pollution? And it’s staggering to realize that the average American grassy lawn can use over 20,000 gallons of water each summer! So, a major part of any green home strategy should be to embrace eco-friendly lawn and garden care.
Here are 12 ways you can make sure you have an eco-friendly lawn this summer
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Growing your own food is not only healthy, but economical. Save money by planting herbs and veggies in containers and fruit trees in your yard. Turn scraps into compost to enrich the soil for tastier, bigger produce. Share extra seedlings with friends and neighbors to encourage them to find their own green thumbs.
An unbelievable amount of supersafe, really powerful clean comes out of doubly concentrated Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate. We challenge you to use it up anytime soon. Basic H2 literally gives you a thousand ways to try. Some suggestions: Spilled milk. Bug guts on the window. Barbecue grill grunge. That’s three down. Only 997 uses to go.
All you need for thousands of household jobs
• Superconcentrated — 16 ounces makes 48 gallons of superpowerful all-purpose cleaner.
• Versatile cleaner — removes dirt, grease, and grime from any washable surface, inside and out.
• Cuts through the most stubborn grease and grime, leaving no smeary residue.
• Twice as concentrated as original Basic-H® — use half as much.
• No-rinse, no-residue, streak-free formula.
Use on any washable surface — indoor or outdoor
• Walls • Windows and mirrors • Sealed countertops, tiles, and floors • Appliances • Stoves • Sealed woodwork • Pots and pans • Furniture • Driveways and engine grease • Barbecue grills • Ovens
(Not intended for use in aquariums or windshield-washer reservoirs.)
Did you know?
Many all-purpose cleaners may contain toxins that can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Synthetic solvents may cause hormone disruptions. Organic solvents such as butyl cellosolve are neurotoxins and nasal irritants. Another toxin, morpholine, can cause liver or kidney damage. Glass cleaners contain ammonia, a poison that can irritate skin, eyes, and the respiratory system.
Basic H2 does not contain these hazardous ingredients.
The Shaklee Difference
✔ No toxic fumes
✔ No hazardous chemicals
✔ Fragrance free
✔ Mild on your hands
✔ pH balanced
✔ No chlorine
✔ Tough on grease
✔ Ultraconcentrated — 16 oz. makes 48 gallons — all-purpose cleaner
✔ 16 oz. of Basic H2 makes the equivalent of over 5,800 bottles of Windex®* (26 oz. each)
✔ Doubly concentrated compared with original Basic-H — use only half as much
✔ Natural, sustainably sourced ingredients — derived from corn and coconut
✔ Biodegradable surfactants
✔ No phosphates
✔ Recyclable packaging
✔ No dyes
✔ Safe for septic systems and graywater
Ryan Baldwin is a Shaklee Independent Distributor. To learn more about this and other green products please visit the WarrenBaldwin green online store.
The weather is nice and it is time to get ready for some spring/summer entertaining. Next time you are wondering what to do with your friends, try having a nice green dinner at home. There are so many things that you can do to go green, save money and have quality time with friends. Talk about what you have been doing to go green and save money at the same time. Use washable dishes, glasses and cloth napkins instead of disposable ones. Place a recycling bin and compost bin next to the trash can. All of the scraps will make excellent compost for your veggie garden this summer. Need some inspiration for menu items? Check out Deborah Madisons ideas at Culinate. Or better yet, have each guest bring their favorite organic dish and enjoy.
Let’s face it, more and more we are moving toward the 24/7 lifestyle. As much as I try to avoid it myself, you just cannot hide from it. With my website and blog and my regular day job who has time to clean the house. More people are turning to cleaning services to clean their homes for them. Even in a bad economy there are still things that need to get done, like keeping the house clean so that when you finally do have time to be home you can just relax. If you are one of the “lucky ones” to still be employed you are working longer and longer hours and you have to work harder than you ever have before so that you can pass the many rounds of layoffs and cutbacks. If you are reading this and thinking, what does he mean by relax? lol. Well, if you plan on making it through the rounds you are going to have to RELAX.
OK, so you are starting to hear me, a little voice in your head says, “maybe I do need someone to clean my home”. Why choose green though? Clean is clean, right? Not so much. Here are just a few facts I have found:
- There are over 80, 000 chemicals registered with the EPA and less than 20% of them have been tested for toxicity.
- Conventional cleaners contain harmful chemicals that find their way into our bodies, air and water. The EPA recognizes conventional degreasers, all-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and certain laundry products as household hazardous waste.
- A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning scale off shower walls could inhale three times the “acute one-hour exposure limit” for glycol ether-containing products set by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
- Common cleaners give off fumes that can potentially increase the risk of kids developing asthma, the most common chronic childhood disease.
- 9 out of 10 poison exposures are suspected to be from household products.
- Chlorine bleach is the #1 household chemical involved in poisoning.
Green cleaning helps to improve indoor air quality. Many traditional cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When cleaning, these VOC’s are released into the air through evaporation and can affect indoor air quality. The use of traditional cleaning products can also contribute to water pollution. Using green products lessens or eliminates the chemicals that need to be treated. You are only as healthy as you can be when your home is as healthy as it can be. That’s why home should be the safest, cleanest, healthiest place in the whole world.
Do your research when finding a cleaning company that is going to really clean your home. You don’t want someone coming in and using “cleaning products” that leave behind more toxins than the toxins they are supposed to clean.
Company Spotlight – GreenStar Home Cleaning (High Point, NC)
Clean & Green: our passion!
GreenStar Home Cleaning was born out of an idea: that a clean home is a healthy home. As the Triad’s premier green home cleaning service provider, we go beyond conventional cleaning. We use only Green SealTM and GreenGuard® certified products. Our HEPA-filter vacuums, microfiber cloths and unwavering commitment to detail ensures your home is clean and free of unhealthy, toxic residues left behind by conventional cleaning products. You deserve a clean home — and a clean planet.
GreenStar is a professional residential cleaning service provider. We are not a janitorial or maid service, and we are not a franchise. We are locally-owned and operated and are proud to serve the community in which we live. We are licensed, insured and bonded. We do a 10-year criminal background check on all potential employees. We are members of ARCSI (Association of Residential Cleaning Services International) and subscribe to the ARCSI Code of Ethics.
Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Our cleaning hours vary, but generally are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday – Friday (weekends by special arrangement). For more information please call us at (336) 455-8076 or email us at Info@GreenStarCleaning.com.
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