Clear, Clean and #Green Your Home Room by Room Part 1

Green your home one room at a time with these helpful hints from Just About Greener Living. Avoid commercial and scented detergents instead replace with chemical free alternatives for doing laundry and keeping your clothes smelling fresh.

Spring has come and gone, but you can still clear out the summer’s clutter and green your house one room at a time. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a 4 room apartment or a 2 1/2 story house, you can tackle it a little each week or each month. Oftentimes the biggest rooms seem the most daunting, so let’s start with the room most often used – the laundry room.

Clean and Green up your laundry area.

Commercial Detergent or DIY Detergent?

How many loads of laundry do you have every week? Two, four, six, ten loads of laundry and how much are you spending on commercial laundry detergent? And what about the chemicals in those plastic bottles and allergies? If your budget is tight and you want to stretch your dollars farther and reduce toxicity, consider a green alternative to commercial detergents.

Detox Your Laundry Area

Dryer Ventilation– Dryer vents can contain more than 25 toxic chemicals especially if you use scented dryer sheets and commercial detergents are used and are even more toxic if not vented outside or become clogged. Clean out your vent once a month and vent outside if possible. Use a ventilation fan to prevent breathing in toxic fumes. Clogged vents are also a fire hazard, clear vents both from your dryer and external vents yourself or contact a dryer vent cleaning company.

Clogged vents are toxic and can be a fire hazard.

“Researchers have found that dryer vents can emit more than 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when scented laundry detergent and dryer sheets are used, including seven VOCs classified as hazardous air pollutants,” according to an article from Natural Home and Garden.

Manufacturers are not required to list all their ingredients especially ones that are scented, and oftentimes contain hazardous ingredients known to be harmful to you. (What you don’t know, can hurt you.)

Laundry Pre-treatments – These too can be toxic if inhaled and can contaminate your water. Instead try a mix of washing soda, baking soda and water. Peroxide also works pretty good on whites, test first though.

Eco Friendly Laundry Detergents – If you don’t have time to make your own detergents, then do make the eco conscious choice and look for eco friendly detergents that are plant based such as Method Laundry Detergent, Seventh Generation, Planet Inc., and Eco Soap Nuts. Look for coupons on Facebook and in your local newspapers to save on Method and Seventh Generation too.
Clean Washer – Sounds redundant, but residue from softeners and detergents remain in your washer even after the rinse cycle as well as bacteria, grease and other contaminants. Run a cycle with white vinegar and hot water to remove such residue from your washer periodically.
Avoid Bleach – Choose vinegar and hot water or pre-soak stained clothing to avoid the toxicity of bleach. Only use in small amounts if absolutely necessary. Do NOT mix bleach with vinegar or ammonia as it creates a toxic chlorine fume.

 

Look for more ways to clear, clean and green your home room by room soon!

Sustainable Kitchen Products at Rock Bottom Prices

One of my favorite places for sustainable home products, Natural Home & Garden, has some of the best deals on kitchen products right now.

I’m sharing some of these clearance deals with you too. Subscribe to their eNewsletter to stay-up-to-date on all the latest Green news.

Stainless Steel Colander with Bamboo Accents
Cook safely and without worrying about metals leaching into your food with this 10-inch-round, 6-inch-deep, stainless steel colander from Natural Home Products.

WAS: $14.99
CLEARANCE PRICE: $7.49

16-Ounce Recycled Glass Oil Bottle with Stainless Steel Stopper
Our oil cruet is the perfect addition to your natural, healthy lifestyle. Pour your favorite EVOO into it and add herbs from your garden to create your own delicious dipping oil. (This is my favorite recycled kitchen item!)

WAS: $8.99
CLEARANCE PRICE: $4.49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bamboo Tongs
Long-lasting and resilient, these durable tongs are made from 100 percent bamboo. They’ll make an attractive, sustainable addition to your natural kitchen.

WAS: $7.99
CLEARANCE PRICE: $3.99

Bamboo 7-Piece Tray
Get the utensils you need to cook and serve anything from pasta to delicious fruit cocktail – all in one stylish, convenient set! The six solid bamboo favorites from Natural Home Products easily store in their durable box, creating a complete cooking and serving kit.

WAS: $19.99
CLEARANCE PRICE: $9.99

Bamboo Serving Spoon
Add style and sustainability to your kitchen with a sturdy, 10-inch-long serving spoon. With a nearly 2-inch-wide bamboo spoon complete with a stainless steel handle, this serving spoon will add style to your kitchen in addition to being an extremely useful serving utensil.

WAS: $4.99
CLEARANCE PRICE: $2.49

Bamboo Slotted Serving Spoon 
Serve up your favorite meal in style with this 10-inch-long bamboo and stainless steel slotted serving spoon. Made with a sleek stainless steel handle and strong bamboo spoon, this one-of-a-kind slotted spoon will add style to your favorite meals.

WAS: $4.99
CLEARANCE PRICE: $2.49

**Prices do not include shipping and handling.**