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Spring Clean, Spring Green

Posted By Cheryl Terrace On May 31, 2011 @ 11:34 am In Green Living | No Comments

Spring Cleaning [1]

The “official” first day of spring [2] may have been March 20, but with the cold weather, it certainly didn’t feel like it then. Now it seems like spring has finally sprung!

I may have “reached that age” when I appreciate each spring just a little more (or maybe it’s just my recent memory of the brutally cold winter), but the colorful spring buds are making me extremely happy this year. Another thing that makes me happy is the feel of a de-cluttered, freshly cleaned home [3], so spring cleaning [4] is on my mind. Some of you may not have gotten around to this annual rite of passage yet, while others may feel ready for a second pass at it after all the recent rain (and the inevitable mud it invites in). Either way, before you start cleaning your home, consider doing a clean sweep of your chemical cleaning products first.

I believe being exposed to toxic chemicals in everything from cleaning products [5] to food [6] carries a grave health risk, both in the short term and the long term. But the solution is easy: Do things the old-fashioned way — organically and naturally! Lemons, vinegar [7], baking soda and other natural cleaning products [8] are inexpensive and effective. Fresh food is much healthier and tastier than canned. To me, doing things in sync with nature has always made good sense, and living in a healthy, non-toxic home … priceless!

Happy Clean Green Home Blessings, ~ Cheryl

“Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere) arranging
a window, into which people look (while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here)
and changing everything carefully”

~ e.e. cummings

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[1] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/SpringCleaning.jpg

[2] first day of spring: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/reinvent-your-bedroom-for-the-spring-equinox/

[3] de-cluttered, freshly cleaned home: http://life.gaiam.com/article/clear-clutter-room-room-guide-green-spring-cleaning

[4] spring cleaning: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/is-your-spring-cleaning-stuck-in-the-20th-century/

[5] cleaning products: http://life.gaiam.com/article/whats-so-bad-about-chemical-cleaning-products

[6] food: http://life.gaiam.com/article/get-real-real-cost-eating-organic-and-local-food

[7] vinegar: http://life.gaiam.com/article/vinegar-best-germ-killer

[8] natural cleaning products: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/the-top-five-kitchen-cupboard-ingredients-for-non-toxic-cleaning/

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