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Cleaner Yoga

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | May 10th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: athlete's feet, athlete's foot, bacteria, bare feet, feet, foot fungus, green cleaning, how clean yoga mat, non-toxic, nontoxic toys, toenail fungus, Yoga, yoga mat cleaner, yoga mats, yoga_positions

If yoga is supposed to be all about connecting mind, body, and spirit, why is it that the first thing I think of at the start of every yoga class is how much I need a pedicure? This not-so-spiritual thought leads logically into looking around at everyone else’s feet, a bad idea in general and especially in yoga class.

Even Yoga Journal admits there is a problem — athlete’s foot running rampant through yoga studios. The symptoms are cracked, itchy, peeling and sometimes blistered skin. Mmmmm. Let athlete’s foot run its course, and pretty soon you’ll be the proud owner of even less attractive and harder to treat toenail fungus. Here’s how to avoid this yogi’s nightmare.

Top 5 Kitchen Cupboard Ingredients for Non-Toxic Cleaning

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | March 6th, 2012 | 13 Comments
topic: Detox, Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: baking soda, chemicals, detergent, DIY cleaners, green clean, green cleaning, healthy home, homemade cleaning formulas and recipes, non-toxic cleaning, non-toxic cleaning supplies, tea tree oil, toxins, vegetable oil–based soap, vinegar, washing soda

Recently I spoke in front of a hall full of pregnant women. What a joy to see all those round bellies, and even more of a pleasure — given that this was a meeting of the Holistic Moms Network — to know how well-intentioned this group is towards their families’ health and the environment.

I gave them all sorts of tips to detox their homes, hoping to ease their minds about how easy it is to accomplish the task. I also gave them my mainstay list for non-toxic cleaning, the five kitchen cupboard ingredients I believe will clean everything in the home, and I’d like to share it with you as well:

Wash the Windows, Clear the Air

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | February 23rd, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: ammonia, clean-air, glass cleaner, green clean, green cleaning, Indoor Air Quality, recycle newspaper, reuse newspaper, spray bottle, sprays, vinegar, wash, window cleaner, windows

Washing windows

One of the easiest steps you can take to green your cleaning is to skip the neon blue window cleaner and switch to plain old vinegar and water in a reusable spray bottle. This simple switch will allow you to reduce your household’s impact on the environment by buying less packaging and to clean up your indoor air by releasing fewer toxins into the air and water.

Green Your Spring Cleaning: How to Celebrate the Planet and Your Home

Jessie Lucier by Jessie Lucier | March 11th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: donations, environmentally friendly, farmers’ market, green cleaning, recyling, repurpose, reuse, spring cleaning, upcycle

hand holding spring flower
In most parts of the country, March has moved in like a lamb rather than a lion, and spring has sprung! Although a snowstorm or two might still prolong our spring fever, people everywhere are throwing open their windows and welcoming the season’s warm, fresh air and light into their homes. And, while this yearly practice brings with it a sense of invigoration and clarity, it also causes us to take pause and literally see our homes in a new light. Months of sealed-up windows, low lighting and indoor play have left our homes, um, a little dusty, mildly cluttered and in need of a pretty thorough once-over (or a twice-over for those of us who live with little paws — both of the child and the four-legged sort).

The Smoking Gun for Green Cleaning

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | February 16th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: green cleaning, hazardous products, household cleaners, toxins, warning

hand holding basket of green cleaning products

Have you seen the story about the cleaning woman who nearly blew herself up by lighting a cigarette? Her car was loaded with common cleaning products and when she struck her match… kaboom! The woman survived but was severely burned.

Host an Eco Barbecue

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | May 20th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: green cleaning, green home, grilling, summer grilling

It’s Memorial Day Weekend again, which means just about everyone is going to join in the fun of at least one barbecue over the next few days. While having a fun outdoor party certainly is not the worst environmental sin, it’s important to do your best to keep your party as green as you can.

Here are some tips:

How to Avoid the Flu

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | May 5th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | tags: cough, disinfect, green cleaning, H1N1, hand sanitizers, how to wash your hands, immune system, sleep, sneeze, swine flu, vinegar, vitamins

I was having fun mocking and looking down on all the hysteria around swine flu. Loads of fun – right up to the moment that my 15-month-old Riley woke up at midnight in a pool of sweat and we found she had a high fever. The flu. Which flu? That flu? The moment I picked her up I went from cool social critiquer/cynic to panicking mom. Her fever climbed. And then it fell, as fevers do. She felt miserable and then she felt better. Now she’s fine. Whew, what a ride. No swine flu here. Just regular old flu.

Recycling vs DeCluttering

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | April 29th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: de-clutter, green cleaning, recycle, reuse, spring cleaning

If you’ve just done a big spring cleaning or you are about to, you’re probably thinking about (or kicking yourself for) how much clutter has built up since your last major clean. What is all this stuff and how does it get into your home? Are you hanging on to things to keep them out of landfill or because they enrich or serve your life in some way?

What to do with Toxic Gifts

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | April 14th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: gifts, green cleaning, regifting, toxic

Etiquette says always be gracious when someone gives you a gift. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep it. Re-gifting is a great idea for that book you have no interest in or the elephant figurine that doesn’t match your décor. But what do you do when someone gives you a gift that is not only not to your taste, but downright toxic?

Springing for Cleaning

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | April 1st, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: green cleaning, green home, house cleaners, spring cleaning

Last week I did the research on the legal and financial ins and outs of hiring someone to clean my house. I determined that my dream candidate would be an individual person who is in business for themselves and therefore will keep their own records and handle their own taxes. I figured out my budget as well. This week’s task: Find a cleaner and make sure he or she is green!