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Between 2011 and 2012, the average school size was 146 students across all private schools. Yet no matter the school size, many schools are now looking for ways to create more eco- and health-friendly school environments. And one charter school recently proved just how easy it can be to make a difference to protect the earth and students. The River Valley Charter...
Stainless steel is a great finish to have in our kitchens, but it sure doesn't seem stainless. This material sure shows a lot of wear and tear, and it seems that those little fingerprints and food smears show up within a blink of an eye. But unfortunately, like many other industrial options, stainless steel cleaners are usually filled with plenty...
RACOP RS2 for Cleaning Dust, Pollen and Bacteria
Dust mites gross me out but they are everywhere, especially on mattresses. A single mattress can have up to 10 million dust mites. For someone who is allergic, that spells misery. Now think of the dust mites on your upholstered chairs, fancy throw pillow or drapes. These are all items in your home that you cannot easily clean or...
BISSELL PowerForce Helix Vacuum Giveaway
Summer is around the corner and this means three things. I will waste my breath saying, take off your shoes, wipe your feet in the garage and wipe the dog’s paws. There will be dirt tracked in and lots of it. Probably black dirt from the garden too. Family will be coming to town because the weather is nice...
8 Ways to Use Vinegar for Laundry
Sunday is my day of laundry. I know it is supposed to be a day of rest but after church, I grocery shop and then begin baking and cooking and packing lunches for the week ahead. In between the cooking, I am doing laundry. You know the drill. Sorting, washing, drying, folding and then putting it away. Only to...
DIY Wood Scratch Remover
We've had our bedroom dressers and end tables for almost 11 years. They’ve been beaten up over the years, like most furniture. Scratches, dings and marks from who knows what. I’ve done a good job at covering up most of the damage with “stuff” but I know what’s hiding under my pile of books and it bothers me. This...
Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier Review
Home renovation can be exciting but in my experience is also means drywall dust. Drywall dust means vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. Repeat daily for the rest of your life! Slight exaggeration but that is how I feel right now. Luckily, I was sent a Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier and boy what a difference it has made. We actually...
I have some holiday money that has been burning a hole in my pocket and believe it or not I keep eyeing a Dyson vacuum. You’re probably thinking I’m nuts. I've been drooling over one for some time now. I've read the reviews; I've asked on Twitter and talked to other mom’s about them. Honestly, I felt guilt paying...
A homemade, DIY, cheap and natural fabric softener that will leave your clothes clean and fresh plus your washer will sparkle and you’ll have less dryer lint. Is this even possible? I see on Pinterest many fancy recipes to help save someone money with DIY fabric softener recipes but do they really cut down on the static? A recent Facebook...
Household cleaning product –related injuries happen on a daily basis with calls to poison control centers, visits to urgent care, family doctors and to US emergency departments. The number of household cleaning product-related injuries treated in US emergency departments are estimated to be 267 a year and mostly for those under the age of 5. Bleach was the product...
Who doesn’t like to have a nice smelling house with clean counter tops, laundry done, gourmet dinner on the table, checkbook balanced, errands ran, garden weeded…. Oh yeah- in your spare time- come to my house and do all those things! This article will not be ‘how to be Suzie homemaker’ but better- how to be a greener, cleaner,...
Cloth diapers can be a bugger to wash. I hear this often from cloth diaper using folks and because I’m out of the diaper phase it is hard for me to give solid advice on washing and drying cloth diapers effectively. Over the years I’ve heard of some tricks and tips that I’m happy to share but recently Whirlpool offered...
Editors Note: Guest post written by Marina Chernyak of 1001 Sea Grass Rugs. When you go to the store and pick up a bottle of cleaning solution do you always know what the ingredients are? I don’t! Some of the words are too long and complicated and I can’t even think about their correct pronunciation. That is why I like...
Forever ago I wrote about bleach and eczema and to this very day it is one of my top read posts with a high number of comments. Anytime I seem to talk about chlorine bleach there is uproar on both sides of the fence. Those that inhale the strong scent and like its disinfecting whiting super powers and those...
With a new dog, two children and a husband who come home from work dirty…I am all about cleaning my floors easy, quickly and safely! Which is why I jumped at the opportunity to review one of Healthy Child’s trusted partners, Bona.  According to the company the product is non-toxic and is certified under GREENGUARD to be safe to...
Not to long ago the key component to selling a product was marketing and branding, well not anymore. One of the key components now is ingredients. The public is more conscious about their health and what goes into the production of the products they are using. The saying “you are what you eat, or consume” isn’t so much a...
As promised, I told you I would tell you all about the Shark Steam Cleaner; after trying the Shark Navigator. This was sent to me by the company as a thank you product to review, if I chose to, after attending a social media event Euro Pro hosted in New York City in September 2009. Steam cleaning has always...
Chemicals and back to school - it is bugging me. A friend of mine told me her daughter was spraying Lysol at school for a classroom job and my jaw dropped. Yes there is hand sanitzer all over the place and yes schools still have to disenfect and santize but should the children really be spraying a toxic substance...
Update: After tweeting this and having my @thesmartmama, Jennifer Taggart on my team and investigating the product it has come to my attention that this product is made of PVC and contains harmful toxic phthalates that are released while we are washing our clothing. The manufacture confirmed to Jennifer that DINP (a phthalate) is released. Another example of a...
photo credit: Andrew 94 Tomorrow my son turns 5 and I'm feeling emotional. This week is a big roller coaster of emotions for me. My son had kindergarten round up so I had to come to terms that he's no longer a baby, toddler or even preschooler but heading into the school age realm where the world is much...