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The Dish on Twist

Yesterday I was washing the dishes and found myself contemplating sponges; or rather, imagining huge slimy piles of discarded cellulose sponges in our landfills. I want a biodegradable option. From my Mexican travels I learned of the loofah vine, climbing up rooftops and taking over like a weed. When the […]

Top 10 Chemical-Free Cleaning Tips

There’s only one way to really clean a kitchen, and that’s with corrosive, fuming, toxic chemicals. You’re making the place uninhabitable for bacteria and your cuticles are the withered proof. It’s Operation Scorched Kitchen. Wouldn’t the Proctor & Gambles of the world love to have you fall in line. Admittedly, […]

5 Simple Tips to Keep Your Closet Clutter Free

If your personal storage space looks as though you’re preparing for a yard sale, then it’s due time to get organized. Having a cluttered closet is not only annoying and unsightly – it’s bad for your clothes. Here’s how to keep your closet clean: Invest in storage containers and shelves. […]

7 Easy Tips to Spring Clean Your Home

Easy tips to simplify spring cleaning. As of March 2oth, the season has officially changed – spring has sprung. I love the promise of sunshine and knowing summer is just around the corner, but I hate spring cleaning. Hate it. Here’s a guide to minimize the drudgery with efficient and […]

9 Great Eco Cleaners for Your Home

I’m not ashamed to say that I recently searched out a dishwashing liquid as if it were to become my personal signature scent. It began in September, when I attended the Natural Products Expo East in Boston and was handed a fistful of Biokleen Lemon Tyme dishwashing samples. The smell, in […]

Top 10 Chemical-Free Cleaning Tips

There’s only one way to really clean a kitchen, and that’s with corrosive, fuming, toxic chemicals. You’re making the place uninhabitable for bacteria and your cuticles are the withered proof. It’s Operation Scorched Kitchen. Wouldn’t the Proctor & Gambles of the world love to have you fall in line. Admittedly, […]

Spot On Eco Carpet Cleaning

The sad truth is the carpets that hold up best to traffic are the ones coated with toxins. And we don’t want those in a place where humans dwell. If you do have a healthy wool carpet in your home, you can still clean it without harsh chemicals like perchloroethylene […]

9 Great Eco Cleaners for Your Home

I’m not ashamed to say that I recently searched out a dishwashing liquid as if it were to become my personal signature scent. It began in September, when I attended the Natural Products Expo East in Boston and was handed a fistful of Biokleen Lemon Tyme dishwashing samples. The smell, in […]

Talkin Trash

I have so little time these days, recycling fliers and other junk mail has become routine. But I’m so grateful a recent pamphlet from SFEnvironment.org caught my eye. It’s easy enough to toss old shampoo bottles in sustainable fashion, but we are lefting scratching our eco-minded heads when it comes to […]

Non-Toxic Tips for Cleaning Household Metal

As the sun moves through its yearly apex, the bright rays shine through my windows and bring light to all those dirty little things I was able to ignore in the darker winter months. There are great tips all over EcoSalon for naturally removing the nitty gritty from your kitchen […]

Solay Simple Makes Cleaning Easy and Eco-Friendly

We’ve all purchased household cleaners that weren’t as effective as their commercials led us to believe, but those days are over. While the leading ingredient in the Solay Simple multi-purpose cleaner is pure Himalayan crystal salt, you don’t have to take its label’s ardent claims with a grain of salt. […]

An Easy Green Dry Cleaning Trick

Next time you drop off clothes at the local dry cleaners (an environmentally friendly one, I hope), bring a garment bag along and ask them to hold the plastic and paper. I started doing this about six months ago when my dry cleaner began providing simple, black garment bags for […]

Quick 'n Dirty Cleaning

There’s a lot more involved in maintaining a green home than organic cotton towels or reclaimed wood. Green products are the obvious choices when you’re ready to make a purchase, but day-to-day green choices are important, too. With the quick tips below, you can set about the with an eco-friendly […]

Adding Greener Laundry Products to the Fold

Sure, you’ve switched to greener cleaning products, but how eco-friendly is the storage and folding apparatus in your laundry room? Are you still married to cold chrome and first-use plastic? Here’s the scoop on several better choices for the oh-so-natural laundry maven. Roll out the bamboo because it’s a better […]

Extend the Life of Your Cardigans

Hand washing a delicate sweater is no fun task. I had to find a way to make this tiresome chore more pleasant. I recently discovered The Laundress, a gentle line of products that will actually help extend the life of your clothes. I was particularly drawn to their Wool & […]

Talkin Trash

I have so little time these days, recycling fliers and other junk mail has become routine. But I’m so grateful a recent pamphlet from SFEnvironment.org caught my eye. It’s easy enough to toss old shampoo bottles in sustainable fashion, but we are lefting scratching our eco-minded heads when it comes to […]

7 Ways To Invisibly Clean the House

I don’t enjoy cleaning and tidying – which is why I do it all the time. Some people seem happy to let things pile up: dust-bunnies, unwashed crockery, bills. I used to be one of them – and then I realised how much I hated the way they lurked at […]

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Yellowed Workout Tees? Don’t Sweat It

Summer sunshine and gorgeous weather make for the ideal conditions to get moving – whether hiking, running, biking with your family or simply taking your dog for a walk. But working out in the heat, always comes with a side of sweat, and all too often sweat-stained clothing make laundry […]

Vinegar: The Dark Horse In Your Pantry

If you’re creeped out by the loads of chemicals lurking in traditional cleaning products, one of the purest and safest ways to keep your home spotless is by mixing up cleaning solutions yourself. And if you think you’ll need to turn your kitchen into some sort of DIY eco-friendly cleaning lab, […]

When Composting Goes to the Dogs

Dog gone it, not again! My gluttonous pug – not satisfied with a veggie burger chew toy – has gone bin diving in my compost bucket and recycling bags. These receptacles for reusable waste are placed securely under the sink and not so securely beside the other trash cans in the […]

Reusable Paper Towels: Smart Design or Ick Factor?

When The Eco Luxe Life sent me SKOY Cloth as part of my quarterly packet of goodies, I was initially skeptical. Really? A paper towel that’s meant to be reused? Is that sanitary? Or perhaps slightly insane? But then I tested it out and discovered that for most cleaning needs, […]

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