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What Cleaning Products Are Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

What Cleaning Products Are Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

LIVE, pregnancy, wash By May 6, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Sorry, moms-to-be, being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t use cleaning products.  (i.e. You can’t use pregnancy as an excuse to hire a maid—unless you just want to)  In years past, cleaning products were much harsher and more dangerous than they are now, but that doesn’t mean that everything is safe or recommended for use while pregnant. Luckily there are lots of options out there to choose from. Here are some helpful tips for knowing what cleaning products are safe to use during pregnancy.


Shoe Shines

LIVE, wash By December 14, 2009 Tags: No Comments

You see a man or woman and think  Wow.  Very put-together.  Is it the hair?  The clothes?  Possibly, but look down.  Chances are, the shoes are tidy, shiny and clean.  The secret is out, and I have had 2 shoe shines in a week – one the old fashioned way, with a corpulent woman flicking towels at my feet, and one with an electronic device that left a brilliant shine.  My calves were sort of massaged in the process (I was in boots) and it was a heck of a lot cheaper than a manicure – yet I left with that happy feeling that I had been cared for.  So if you’re short on time, and want a treat, head to a cobbler and get a bit of yourself put back together.



LIVE, wash By October 14, 2009 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

soapnutsSquishy squishy squashie, give your clothes a washy…  Maybe Barny’s not your thing, but Soap Nuts should be.  Completely natural, these ‘nuts’ are actually fruit from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, found primarily in the Himilayas.  They are harvested, de-seeded and dried in the sun.  When you wash your laundry with them, the saponin contained within the outer shell acts as a fantastic natural detergent.  These have been used for centuries in other parts of the earth, but are only just now gaining popularity in the western world.  Marketed by The Laundry Tree with a beautiful linen bag, they leave no scent and get laundry fresh and clean. 

green nursery tips

How to make your nursery a little more green

LIVE, wash By January 13, 2009 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

The best thing about being green is that simple is best.  Choices are (fortunately or not) less plentiful, and certain decisions are a given.  Low VOC paint?  Check.  Carpet?  Nope.  Particleboard furniture?  Uh, uh.  The basic concept from a health standpoint is the toxins in the substances.  Volatile organic compounds as well as the glue used in making pressboard, particleboard and chipboard, and chemicals in carpeting are released into the air over time.  No number of spider plants will eliminate the chemicals forever.  Choosing wood furniture can be a better choice, not only from an environmental perspective, but from a financial one.