Top 5 Kitchen Cupboard Ingredients for Non-Toxic Cleaning

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | March 6th, 2012 | 15 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.

6 Alternatives to Dryer Sheets + 2 Reasons You Should Care

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | January 18th, 2012 | 25 Comments
topic: Detox, Green Living, Health & Wellness | tags: chemical-free, dryer balls, dryer sheets, eco-friendly cleaning, laundry, non-toxic cleaning, Seventh Generation, static cling, toxic chemicals, toxins, vinegar

dryer sheetsA few days after friend’s daughter started doing some office work for me, I became bothered by the smell of dryer sheets from her clothes. I had to ask her to stop using them — at least on the clothes she wore when she came to my house. She said she was glad to comply, but didn’t know you could dry clothes without using dryer sheets. My jaw hung open, and I marveled at the power of advertising.

Spring Clean, Spring Green

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | May 31st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: apartment, baking soda, chemicals, cleaning supplies, clutter, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, environment, green, green cleaners, home, house, lemon juice, planet, spring cleaning, vinegar

Spring Cleaning

The “official” first day of spring 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, so spring cleaning 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.

It’s a … Home!

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 23rd, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | tags: baking soda, carpet, chemical cleaning supplies, clutter, crafting, crafts, curb, DIY projects, eco-friendly, enviornmental, family, flooring, free, FSC-certified hardwood floors, green cleaners, healthy home, house, linoleum, mental-health, pets, possessions, remodeling, renovation, retreat, rugs, sanctuary, spiritual, street, stuff, sustainable lumber, things, toxins, vinegar, vinyl, wood

It's a Home blog

My home is undergoing a rebirth. It’s painful, long and decidedly unpredictable.

Most people might call it a renovation. But it’s more than that. It’s a new incarnation of what was formerly four walls and a roof into a home.

The rebirth is born of necessity — a leaky roof, drafty windows and stained broadloom carpet that harbored more than I wanted to consider within its fibers…

Do Natural Window Cleaners Work?

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | June 10th, 2009 | 40 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: eco-friendly cleaners, glass cleaners, homemade cleaners, natural cleaning products, nontoxic cleaners, vinegar, window cleaners


Don’t think eco-friendly natural window cleaners really work? Gotten streaks when you’ve tried them in the past? Try these nontoxic cleaning formulas and tips. You’ll never go back to commercial, chemical-based cleaners again.

3 Places Where Germs Survive a Typical Spring Cleaning

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | May 11th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: air purifier, clean-air, disinfectant, dust mites, germs, non-toxic cleaning, spring cleaning, vinegar


If your life is anything like mine, spring cleaning does not get completed in one fell swoop. Mine’s dragged out for weeks. But this weekend, my hissing air purifier reminded me of a few places germs love to hide out while we’re all distracted with cleaning out our closets, scrubbing our grout and weeding our gardens.

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.