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How to Unclog a Drain Without Toxic Chemicals

Posted in Cleaning, Non-Toxic Home, Saving Money | 22 comments

When drains get clogged up, traditionally you have only a few choices: a plunger or drain snake that physically removes the clog, or some kind of caustic, toxic chemical like Drano. Even a plumber will either use a plunger, snake or chemical to clear your drain.

And while there is nothing wrong with using a snake (I use a Zip-It to clear hair from my tub drain all the time), drain-clearing chemicals like Drano go right into our waste-water stream where they are NOT filtered out, and eventually end up in our rivers and streams.

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Breaking the Ice Without Scorching the Earth

Posted in Cleaning, Gardening, Non-Toxic Home | 16 comments

In many parts of the country this week, streets and walkways are covered in snow and ice, and everyone is using salt, sand and other chemical de-icers to make their streets safe for travel. But not all de-icers are alike, and some are downright harmful to your pets, your children and your local streams and rivers.  

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Homemade Non-Toxic Laundry Detergent

Posted in Cleaning, Non-Toxic Home, Saving Money | 65 comments

These days, everyone is looking for ways to save some money. Fortunately for your wallet and the planet, the easiest way to save money in the laundry room is to make your own laundry detergent.

Making your own laundry detergent will not only save you money, but will naturally help you avoid the toxic chemicals and noxious scents found in store-bought brands.

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Recipes for a Green Clean

Posted in Cleaning, Non-Toxic Home, Saving Money | 12 comments

Approximately 85,000 chemicals are in use today. According to the Breast Cancer Fund, complete toxicological screening data is available for only 7% of these chemicals, and more than 90% have never been tested for their effects on human health. Wow! 

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