Natural DIY Home Cleaning Supplies Kit

March 14, 2018

Natural DIY cleaning supplies kit

If you have a hard time motivating yourself (or others in your home) to regularly clean spaces like your kitchen or bathrooms, then this DIY cleaning supplies kit (filled with effective cleaners made from all-natural ingredients!) is exactly what you need.

I store my cleaning supplies kit underneath our kitchen sink so it’s easily accessible for daily/weekly kitchen cleaning tasks (counters, sink, cabinet handles, fridge handles, appliance fronts, etc.). Then once a week or so, I grab the cleaning supplies kit and take it with me from bathroom to bathroom for a quick wipe-down (counters, toilets, sinks, mirrors, showers, etc.). Continue Reading…

Air Purifying Plants

March 8, 2018

Air Purifying PlantsDo you ever wonder about just how clean the air you’re breathing in your home truly is? Pollutants that negatively impact the indoor air quality of your home can stem from many sources: paint, flooring, furniture, home cleaning products, and more.

What is scary is that some of these toxins that commonly off-gas in the home have been classified as known human carcinogens (e.g. benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene).

Did you recently purchase new furniture? Did you recently paint in your home? Do you regularly dry clean your clothes? Do you ever use cleaning products made from harsh chemicals?

If so, then it’s likely that the air quality in your home has suffered as a consequence. Luckily, there is a simple, natural, aesthetically pleasing, and cost-effective way to reduce and even eliminate harmful airborne toxins – decorating with air purifying plants. Continue Reading…

Low VOC Paint – Do You Need it?

March 1, 2018


Low VOC paint - why you need it!

Prior to moving into our new home last year, we chose to do some basic renovations – new floors, new bathroom countertops, a new master bathroom vanity, new light fixtures, and of course new paint.

While I had the best intentions to keep eco-friendliness and health safety in mind when making renovation decisions, when it came to paint I simply chose a color and moved on. I didn’t even think twice about researching paint types/brands/etc.

…that is until I learned about VOCs. Continue Reading…

What I Learned from Buying Only Second Hand Clothes for One Year

February 23, 2018

I only bought second hand clothes for one year...

Last year I challenged myself to refrain from purchasing any new clothes.

Yep. 12 months – no new clothes… but that didn’t mean I wasn’t still shopping, I simply restricted myself to shopping for only thrifted or second hand clothes instead. Why, do you ask? Check out my post from last year about why I said no to new clothes in 2017 (hint: I was driven mainly by a desire to positively impact the environment and eliminate my over-consumption of hard-to-recycle items – especially from “fast fashion” retailers).

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Real vs Artificial Christmas Trees

December 10, 2017

Real vs Artificial Christmas Trees - which are more eco-friendly?

Real vs artificial Christmas trees – which are more environmentally friendly? As a kid, I grew up with the joy of real cut Christmas trees every December. I have vivid memories of helping Mom decorate, Dad lifting me and my brother (we alternated years) to put the angel on top, and even playing with my Barbies in the branches (#imagination).

Years later, I moved out of the house and learned just how much of mess a cut tree can create! I was constantly watering and vacuuming up after my little apartment tree, not to mention trying to figure out the best option for recycling in a big city… acquiring, maintaining, and recycling a Christmas tree can be a real chore!

Once I graduated college, I started to become more interested in the environment and how my purchasing decisions can have either a positive or negative impact (this was the year I went vegan – I’ll save that story for another post). It was around this time during the holidays that I started paying attention to the pros and cons of Christmas tree options.

I hadn’t passively heard any convincing research that made me develop a strong opinion one way or the other until recently when I consciously chose to dive deep into researching real vs artificial Christmas trees. Read on to find out what I learned and what we are choosing to decorate with this year (you might be surprised!). Continue Reading…

Sustainable Gift Ideas

December 1, 2017

Who doesn’t love a good gift idea? I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t get joy out of finding the perfect gift for a friend or loved one. With that said, gift giving doesn’t have to be waste-generating! What I mean is there are plenty of thoughtful gifts that friends and family would be thrilled to receive that don’t require the purchase of “stuff.”

I encourage all of us to think twice before buying a “thing” for a friend or family member and maybe consider an alternative. Perhaps your mom loves having nice nails – get her a gift card to the fanciest nail salon in town so she can treat herself! Dad loves golf? Buy him a credit to play at the course he has been talking about so much!

Below you will find a quick gift guide of zero waste and sustainable gift ideas worth considering. Lastly, don’t forget to package present(s) with recycled gift wrap!

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Thanksgiving Checklist – Prepare Your Kitchen for the Holiday Season

November 9, 2017

Thanksgiving Checklist - Prepare Your Kitchen for the Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, now is the perfect time to make sure your kitchen is in perfect shape before hosting a big dinner party! Below I put together a simple Thanksgiving checklist to use as your guide when prepping your kitchen for the holidays. From cleaning, to repairs, to organization – complete the items on this list and you’ll be ready to host!

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Eco Friendly Halloween

October 4, 2017

Eco friendly halloween ideas for candy, treats, decorations, and costumes

After renting apartments in big cities for the past 10+ years, my husband and I bought our first house and are about to officially move to the ‘burbs… which most likely means that for the first time in our adult lives we might get trick-or-treaters!

The idea of meeting new neighbors and passing out treats to costumed kids makes me super excited, but also a little bit conflicted.

My first conflict is the candy – and to be clear, this is mostly for selfish reasons. Candy ruins teeth, spikes blood sugar, and there are all kinds of crazy hidden ingredients in those mass produced candies that are simply best to avoid. While I’m sure kids are not benefiting from consuming boatloads of candy on Halloween – the decision to let them eat it is really up to their parents. The problem for me is that I personally don’t have a lot of self control when it comes to sweets so I’d prefer to not have any tempting extras of that stuff lingering around in our home…

My second conflict is the waste – ridiculous fun-sized wrappers, plastic decorations, store-bought cheap costumes that you only wear once, it’s crazy!

With all of that in mind, I did a little bit of research and compiled a list of the most sustainable treats, decorations, and a few costume ideas for an eco friendly Halloween. Read on for inspiration! Continue Reading…

How to Clean a Hairbrush

September 20, 2017

How to clean a hairbrush

Think for a minute about how many times you have used your current hairbrush over the course of its lifetime. Now compare that to the amount of times you have cleaned it.

If you’re like me then that ratio is probably a little scary. Now think about all of the oil, dry skin, and loose hair that has built up in your unwashed hairbrush that you have been brushing BACK into your clean hair each time you use it. Don’t want to think about that? Ok… I’ll stop.

Instead, let’s all learn how to clean a hairbrush, shall we?
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Microfiber Cloths

September 14, 2017

How to use, clean, and recycle microfiber cloths

I have always been under the impression that using a quality set (or sets) of microfiber cloths is a must for quality cleaning – I mean the facts are pretty convincing… microfiber cloths can absorb up to 8 times their own weight in liquid, are excellent at picking up dirt and grime – even without using traditional cleaners (just water!), and they eliminate paper towel waste.

Considering all of this, purchasing a few microfiber cleaning cloths seems like a no brainer, right? I thought so too until I did some microfiber research and was surprised by what I learned. Continue Reading…