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5 Natural Dryer Sheet Alternatives

One of my first tips for anyone starting to detox their homes is to quit using fabric softener and dryer sheets. These products coat your clothes with chemicals linked to hormone disruption, asthma, and even cancer. Not to mention what they do downstream in our environment… And while more people are getting on board with

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Is There Formaldehyde in Your Laundry Detergent?

Thanks to clever marketing tactics designed to make us spend, spend, spend, we’ve been conditioned to think that a clean house and clean clothes and clean sheets have to smell clean. The problem is that the ingredients used to make these things have any smell at all – whether they’re synthetic or natural – can

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How to Choose Green Cleaners on a Budget (That Work!)

It’s no secret that off-the-shelf green cleaning products are often more expensive than their conventional counterparts. Sometimes, many times more expensive. Some think it’s all a big conspiracy – that there’s no reason these products have to cost so much and that companies are just profiting off naïve shoppers. I agree that there’s a conspiracy,

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How to Sanitize Your Home, Naturally

It’s cold and flu season, so naturally the question on everybody’s mind is: How can I sanitize my home against germs? The answer to that is easy. Bleach is the most effective sanitizer for your home, but it is not the healthiest. I summarized some of the concerns in this video. The question on minds

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Cleaning

Detox Your Household Cleaners in 5 Steps

One of my recent clients suffers from respiratory issues and multiple chemical sensitivity. She was advised by a naturopathic doctor to detox her home to help alleviate her symptoms, and called me for support. When we started going through her cupboards, she was shocked at how many household cleaners there were – some of which she

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Cleaning

All About Baking Soda

Baking soda has been used for decades as a workhorse around the house. What exactly is it and what makes it so great? I’m glad you asked, because here’s everything you ever wanted to know (and maybe some things you didn’t) about baking soda.

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Are Green Cleaners Worth It?

Environmental Defence Canada issued a report this month on their study of potentially hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in household cleaning products. With 22 pages of text it’s a bit of a read (and tends to have alarmist undertones), but it has some interesting findings so I am using it to start off my discussion

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The Hard Truth About Fabric Softeners

Do you use fabric softeners or dryer sheets? If so, maybe you use them because your mom did. Maybe it’s out of habit because commercials make us feel that we need something more than just detergent. But do we? Sure, they make clothes feel softer, reduce static cling, and add a spring-fresh scent. But have

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