Improve health and waste nothing: The Elemental Essentialz formula






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Theresa HarrisTheresa HarrisTheresa Harris, founder/CEO of Elemental Essentialz, presents her unique sustainability-driven insights Tues., June 18, from 1:00 – 2:45 p.m. as part of the EastPack seminar series. For more information or to register for the conference or the show, visit www.eastpackshow.com.

 

As a chemistry teacher and former developmental specialist, Theresa saw firsthand the increase in developmental delays and disorders. Along with research linking chemicals found in our homes to an increase in various health issues, she felt an obligation to take what she knew and formulate cleaners that were both safe and effective.

 

Additional research led her to the realization that her customers were also concerned with consumption levels and waste production. The rebel in her itched to upset the status quo, and she decided to take on both issues, making it her mission to “Improve Health & Waste Nothing.”

 

Packaging Digest asked her to share insider information on her approach to business and packaging.

 

Q: What was your hobby and how was that propelled into a growing business?
A: Cake Pops (cake on a stick)! Unfortunately my teenage sons and I ate them faster than I could make them, and I realized I needed a hobby that nurtured my creativity, not my waistline. Around the same time I happened upon an article about the dangers of certain chemicals in cleaning products. I was shocked to learn the ingredients in household cleaners did not have to be listed in their entirety. I decided to make homemade cleaners that weren’t dangerous for my family. In doing so, I had three priorities, that they needed to be safe, smell nice and be pretty. 

I started with used wine bottles because they were beautiful and free! As an aside, it turned out that many high school teachers enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day. I was proud of my little sets of cleaners and started sharing them with friends and family. The response was amazing…and here we are!

 

Q: What are the essentials of your “waste nothing” approach?
A:
Our approach is to bridge the gap between knowing what is right and being able to achieve it. Our customers want to consume and waste less. They do not want to negatively impact our planet. Current efforts to help make this happen, including improvements in packaging, are often “invisible” to consumers. That’s not to say those efforts aren’t admirable. The impact of these changes on our planet is positive and significant, but the customer doesn’t get to “feel” they are making their own contribution. By packaging in refillable and reusable glass bottles, we make it easy for our customers to feel good about joining the mission to “Reuse for Zero Waste.”

 

Q: Why has this resonated with retailers and consumers?
A:
Ultimately, we are making it easy for our customers to feel better about how they are treating our planet. Our products are safe, beautiful and, simply by purchasing their first bottles, consumers can “waste nothing.” The ambiguity over how, where or even if our bottles can be recycled is a non-issue and our customers never have to feel guilty about adding another empty household cleaner to our landfills or oceans. For retailers, I think they recognize the priority consumers are now placing on reducing waste. Providing a new and unique solution for their customers is an obvious win-win.

 

Q: What is one piece of advice you can share with consumer packaged goods companies?
A:
I feel funny offering advice to an industry to which I am still so very new, especially since I feel much of our success came about almost accidently. By hard work, yes. But a brilliant and calculated packaging plan, no. 

I’ll explain why I think that’s important. We chose wine bottles because they were pretty and, in the beginning, free. We started allowing our customers to refill them to save money—ours and theirs. Fast forward almost two years…our packaging approach is now considered by many to be sustainable and innovative. Thankfully, these are two good qualities to have these days. 

Looking back, I just wanted to make something that was safe and beautiful and the package was always part of the product. 

My advice would be, when considering a new package, treat it as part of the product, not separate from it, not something to be discarded. Ask yourself, is it safe? Is it beautiful? And will it always be? If the answer is no, I guess I would ask, what can be done to change that? 

 

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Reusable…refillable…remarkable






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Jason FosterJason FosterJason Foster, founder/CEO of Replenish, is presenting his ideas for delivering value—as well as sustainability—at our WestPack 2013 seminar series in Anaheim, CA, in mid-February. Packaging Digest asked him for some insight into his thinking.

 

Q: Why is a sustainable product and/or package an advantage in today’s retail marketplace?
A:
It’s increasingly becoming a necessity to get more out of what we already have. From retailers to manufacturers to consumers…everyone is trying to figure that out. Our definition of sustainability is starting to incorporate that thinking. It goes far further than the previous techniques of how to be eco friendly. So how can we get more out of products? We want more quality or more convenience or we want to have the ability to customize. We can design products that have more of these features, more benefits. Retailers are trying to find products to carry that prove to consumers, customers and stakeholders that they are trying to do things in a more thoughtful, more sustainable way. Not just the words, the action. The marketplace is looking for products that can meet these requirements.

 

Q: The refillable bottle for your Replenish cleaning products is durable to withstand years of reuse. How do consumers view the sustainability of a reusable package versus, say, a single-use container that they can recycle?
A:
If you asked people point blank the difference between recycling today and reusing, it’s intrinsic that reusing has some real advantages. Recycling can get a bit confusing for the consumer. Reuse offers extra advantages that recycling can’t: Refill packages can be smaller and lighter and take up less space in their home. People tell you those advantages are why they would prefer this product over another.

 

Q: The title of your presentation is “Delivering value not waste to consumers: How sustainable design can reshape the role of packaging.” What will be your main point?
A:
The main point is revealing the power that design has—and design-inspired thinking has—to deliver more of what consumers need and less of what they don’t. Waste means a lot of different things. The most obvious is trash. But it’s also wasteful in time, resources, money. It’s meant to be a far more encompassing word than just something we throw away. In light of this, there’s a better way to design the products that we use every day to be less wasteful.

 

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Hints For Using Natural Cleaning Products

Hints For Using Natural Cleaning Products

* Ordinary water is one of the most efficient and effective substances for removing dirt and is the closest thing to a Universal Solvent known. Substances like soap and detergent work by increasing the “wetting power” of water because the soap breaks the surface tension of the water. Good old soap and water will get rid of most dirt. Sometimes, however, water needs time to saturate and loosen dirt or grime, so with really tough stains, splash or spray on the water (preferably with a bit of soap) and leave it for a while. Scrubbing also helps loosen dirt physically.

* If you dislike the smell of natural cleaning products “in the raw” (e.g. neat vinegar or baking soda), add a few drops of essential oil to the cleaner of your choice. Essential oil doesn’t just smell nice, either. Some essential oils also have a disinfectant or germ-killing effect, and these will enhance the effectiveness of your cleaner with a bit of germ-killing action. Essential oils to choose from include pine, lavender and lemon – the scents that are often used in commercial cleaners – and also thyme, oregano and eucalyptus.

* Recipes for natural home-made cleaning products sometimes for rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol. The truth is that you can substitute any strong spirit for the rubbing alcohol and still get the same results. Good choices include vodka, brandy, whisky and gin, but avoid sticky, sugary ready-mixed drinks or liqueurs – these will leave a sticky residue behind them. Low alcohol drinks such as beer and wine won’t work, either, as it’s the alcohol that does the cleaning and evaporates off afterwards. Also avoid substituting methylated spirits if you are likely to be using large quantities of the product (meths is OK for removing stains from clothes, especially grass stains).

* Patience and/or elbow grease are important with any natural products. Sometimes, you will need to spray on or spread on the home-made cleaner and leave it for a while so it can act. You will also need to put in a bit of effort to remove really stubborn bits of grime.

* If you plan on making your own domestic cleaning products, stock up on suitable containers and dispensers. Shallow screw-top jars are ideal for powders and pastes (don’t use tall jars, as reaching down to the bottom with a cleaning cloth to get the last little bit out is quite tricky). For liquid products, use a spray dispenser (the sort with the squeezy pump handle). If you have been using proprietary cleaners in the past, save the old containers if they are likely to be useful rather than throwing them out and buying new ones. Rinse them out well first, so you don’t get any of the old residues in your new natural cleaner. And remember to label your jar, container or spray bottle so you know what’s in it.

* Natural cleaners that use lemon juice will go off if stored. Only use freshly cut lemons for making natural cleaning products. If you are lucky enough to have access to a large amount of lemons for cleaning purposes (e.g. if you have a lemon tree), squeeze out the juice when lemons are abundant and freeze the juice in a regular ice cube tray for use later on. And, of course, you can use the lemon juice in cooking as well as for cleaning.

* White vinegar works best as a natural cleaning product, with malt vinegar taking second place. Wine vinegar and cider vinegar also work, but as they are more expensive, you may not want to waste them as cleaners. The same applies to balsamic vinegar but this is too dark and sticky to use as a cleaning product – save it for a salad dressing or for putting on your hot chips.

* Invest in good scrubbing brushes, as these will do a lot of the actual work. Replace them when they start to look malformed. To extend the working life of brushes, don’t push down on them so the bristles bend – the bristles will bend and do their job with the horizontally-applied force of friction and your hand, rather than downward pressure (this assumes that you’re cleaning a horizontal surface). Natural bristles last longer than plastic ones, but they will need to be stored properly so the bristles dry out.

 

Nick Vassilev is the founder of successful carpet cleaning London and end of tenancy cleaning London businesses delivering quality cleaning services to thousands of clients.

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Contract Cleaning – Making The Most Of Sustainable Cleaning

Contract Cleaning – Making The Most Of Sustainable Cleaning

Sustainability can take many forms and this is not any different for contract cleaning operations. There are many opportunities for businesses to reduce their environmental impact, but in the current economic climate companies are looking for cost effective solutions, often resulting in some form of trade off that is dependent on available resources.

Everyone wants the workplace to be clean and tidy, but this can come at an environmental cost when you consider the use of cleaning products, energy consumption, water usage and waste disposal. There is an increasing demand from customers for greener contract cleaning solutions that adopt sustainable measures, but requirements differ greatly from company to company.

There are many considerations when developing a sustainable contract cleaning operation. Therefore, it is important to select options that not only offer environmental benefits but also fit within a company’s overall strategy.

There have been advances in recent years with contract cleaning products and tools with many boasting green credentials. Microfibre technology including cloths and mops remove the need for using chemicals and only require a minimal amount of water, whilst increasing the life of cleaning equipment. Furthermore, tests have shown that these products eliminate significantly more bacteria than traditional contract cleaning tools.

As man-made material microfibre products do have an environmental impact in terms of manufacturing that must be considered. There are truly sustainable products available such as bamboo clothes, but these tend not to be as durable, have an added cost premium and also do not improve productivity of contract cleaning in the same way as microfibre products.

Adapting working practices can also generate green benefits. By introducing daytime contract cleaning it is possible to reduce a building’s opening hours enabling it to be locked down for longer periods. This can reduce building requirements such as heating and air conditioning, which will not only lower energy usage but also achieve operational contract cleaning cost savings. Furthermore, daytime contract cleaning operations tend to require low noise, lead free battery operated equipment that offer greater energy efficiency over mains fed devices and can be recharged at night when electricity prices are cheaper.

By working closely with contract cleaning suppliers it is possible to introduce green procurement by selecting environmentally friendly cleaning products. It also drives innovation through wider initiatives. For example, the use of refills can greatly reduce packaging, whilst effective measuring systems can ensure that chemical products are used in the correct doses minimising unnecessary waste.

Recycling has now become an important consideration for all companies who are under legislative, corporate and social pressure to reduce the impact of their operation. Therefore, there is an opportunity to take an integrated approach with a contract cleaning operation to adopt effective waste management procedures to keep time and cost pressures to a minimum.

Over the past few years, the cost of dumping rubbish at landfill sites has been increasing 25 per cent annually, and this is unlikely to change moving forward. As a result, there are wider cost savings available for those businesses that can achieve high levels of recycling. Companies can also receive money back for waste paper, so this represents an added kick back. In fact, it is thought that within the next few years it will become more cost effective to recycle waste material than to dump at landfill sites.

By integrating waste management with an existing contract cleaning operation, companies can benefit from added value resulting from efficient waste segregation and better-managed processes to make significant time and cost savings. Furthermore, it is possible to tap into the expertise of cleaning contractors to increase levels of recycled office and operational waste including paper, confidential paper, ink cartridges and food waste.

Moving forward, sustainable contract cleaning is likely to form part of a wider initiative that incorporates facilities management requirements. Those companies at the forefront of sustainability are already introducing measures across their building infrastructure to consolidate activity across a network of sites. By working closely with contract cleaning and FM partners they can use management information to adapt their approach and make the most of available opportunities.

Initial Facilities Services, a division of business services company Rentokil Initial, provides contract cleaning, facilities management, hospital and catering services for organisations of all sizes and in all business sectors throughout the UK. Initial Facilities Services’ flexible approach is designed to meet the precise needs of its customers whether they need single or multiple services, an integrated solution or full facilities management.

 

Initial Facilities Services comprises a range of complementary and market-leading businesses including Initial Cleaning Services, Initial Retail Cleaning, Lancaster Cleaning and Support Services , Initial Specialist Services, Initial Window Cleaning, Autograph Foodservice, Eden Foodservice, Initial Hospital Services and Insitu Services.

 

Find out how you could benefit from at least one of our services by visiting http://www.initial.co.uk today.

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The Function of Packaging

The Function of Packaging

The package is to contain and protect goods, from raw materials to finished products, to enable handling and delivery from producer to consumer or user, and to ensure their submission. Following its use, the package is qualified sales packages, collecting, or transportation.

The great diversity of usage that the package may take various forms ,such as sheet, bag, box, box, barrel, bottle, etc..And be made from paper, cardboard, plastics, wood, glass or metal. It is complete with appropriate accessories ,such as accessory assembly, sealing, gripping, protection, etc.

The industry is the packaging industry with a production of about 12 million tonnes. The materials represent a turnover of around 17 billion euros, 35% for paper and paperboard, 26% for plastics, followed by the wood, glass, complex flexible and metal ,for example, tin and aluminum.

Packaging, its functions, is an essential partner for all industrial sectors. The first user sector is packaging the food industry which consumes over 60% of packaging products, followed by pharmaceutical, cosmetics and perfumery, followed by detergents, cleaning products, chemistry, manufacturing and distribution.

The packaging, both protectors of content, guarantee security, functionality, first contact with the user or consumer, messengers of the product to the user, brand ambassadors, must meet a number of functions , both technical and marketing.

In a context where economic, safety, ergonomics, and environmental regulations are especially important in developing new packaging and its definition requires a specific methodology that integrates all aspects of the life cycle of the packaging, taking into account the Couple packaging / product and multidisciplinary collaboration involving real partners.

The proposed methodology comprises three phases:

Functional needs analysis leading to the development of functional specifications ;
The proposal of potential solutions, their validation and the choice of a packaging solution;
Description and characterization of the solution, then the development of specifications for purchase.

The packages are subject to standards, regulations and certification systems. The standardization work is mainly carried out at European level in the framework of the Technical Committee 261 – Packaging, but other committees addressing issues affecting packaging.

Protecting the environment has become a major concern it is now necessary to incorporate into the design of a package: it is called ecodesign. On the issue of packaging and packaging waste, Directive government sets essential requirements that packaging must meet.

Chineeren is an editor of http://www.packaging-printing.com/, and Rensino Packaging Co., Ltd is a company committed to the development provides high quality and lower price of packaging printing for all over the world.

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2010 San Diego Comic-Con is just about here, and we’ve got another little teaser to share with you this year. Check out the detail on the Starro Packaging! It has lights and features the voice of Kevin Conroy, TV’s animated Batman.
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It is Easier and Cheaper to Use Green Office Supplies

It is Easier and Cheaper to Use Green Office Supplies

 

Businesses are increasingly aware of the importance of using green office supplies to contribute to a more sustainable world. Many companies are “going green”. There are a myriad of methods to make your office “green”, and you don’t even have to be the boss to put some of them into effect immediately. The green office supplies for your office should be recycled, compostable, biodegradable, non-toxic, certified to be sustainable, or reusable.

No matter how “paperless” we try to be, every office uses some paper, so purchase recycled paper and envelopes, and minimize the printing out of unnecessary documents. Your office paper should be environmentally friendly and recycled, with high post- consumer waste (PCW) contents. This includes copy/laser/fax paper, letterhead and envelopes, planners, calendars, and even flip charts. The manufacturing of recycled paper reduces total energy consumption, net greenhouse emissions, particulate emissions, wastewater, solid waste, and wood use as compared to paper made from 100% virgin forest fiber.

Use refillable pens and pencils rather than disposable ones. Use Ink jet (or bubble jet) printers because they use much less energy than laser printers. Although they are slower and don’t print as high quality as laser printers, they are cheaper and cut the energy used by 75-90%. Also use recycled printer cartridges, or cartridges that can be refilled, saving you money and reusing cartridges instead of making waste.

Use biodegradable and non-toxic soaps and cleaners combined with recycled paper towels or cloth towels. Offices use millions of tons of cleaning products yearly which contain toxic chemicals that find their way into our rivers and streams. Cleaning products also represent 10 percent of the poisonings reported to Poison Centers nationally. Even the packaging of cleaning products has environmental impacts. Plastic packaging, non-refillable or un-recyclable containers are filling up our landfills. Buy office supplies in bulk so that shipping and packaging waste are reduced, and reuse the shipping boxes if at all possible.

You can find more Green Office Supplies at Greenlinepaper.com where we try to be as environmentally friendly as possible. They ship by reusing cartons and they are packed in recyclable paper or biodegradable “peanuts.” No polystyrene foam or plastics are used. Your green office supplies will be delivered to you in an environmentally friendly way!

 

For more information please visit atwww.greenlinepaper.com

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Wow Green The Benfits of Going Green

Wow Green The Benfits of Going Green

The benefits of going green with Wow Green house cleaning products are that you are using environmentally friendly enzymes and blends for your household’s cleaning needs. You are not using toxic chemicals and unknown chemicals in your home with Wow Green products. You are not scrubbing away stains and leaving behind residues and chemicals for your children and pets to breathe in and sit on. More than that, you will beyond a reasonable doubt, be exceptionally satisfied with the cleanliness you will get from Wow Green products.

There are a variety of reasons to use Wow Green’s house cleaning products in your home and the environment is just part of that reason. Green cleaning has become a very important issue and vital part of our culture now that global warming has come to light. The health of people and children are of concern to Wow Green, as well as the overall impact of the environment from the toxic chemicals and the residues they leave behind.

Wow Green house cleaning products are not only very effective cleaning products but are safe and natural too. We all need to understand that clean smelling is not actually clean. We are used to smelling clean as the artificial smell that companies use in their cleaners to make us think that our rooms and laundry are clean. Bleach, harsh chemicals and other toxic perfumes are really just harming not only our noses but our environment as well.

Even though we are ecstatic when we remove a stain from the couch, we never think about the chemicals we leave behind that our pets and children are going to be laying on hours later. Let alone, inhaling or ingesting. Wow Green house cleaning products promises never to do this! All products are guaranteed to only be used with a specially formulated blend of natural enzymes that are 100% chemical free and will never leave behind any residue or artificial smells in or around your home. Wow Green cleaning products work! They penetrate and remove the dirt at the source using naturally blended enzymes.

Wow Green has a product line to meet all the needs that you have in your home. Wow Green has a cleaning product for every single task or cleaning emergency that should arise in your home and you can feel confident that when you are done there will be no waste. That’s right, another benefit. Every product packaged and shipped by Wow Green is either re-usable or recyclable, so you aren’t throwing anything away.

The full product line includes your choice of the following cleaners to assist you in cleaning every single thing in your home with ease and sustainability the first time around.

* Laundry Detergent, works for all washers

* Dishwasher Detergent, works for all dishwashers

* Hand Dish Soap, cleans all dishes/ kitchen cookware

* Toilet Bowl

* Floor Cleaner,

* Stain-On, Write-On instant spot removal

* All-Purpose, can be used anywhere in house to remove general dirt

* Glass & Stainless, for shining stainless and see through glass

* Tile & Bath, gets rid of mold, mildew & build-up found in bathrooms

* Carpet & Upholstery, Spray on spot remover for carpet and upholstery on furniture

* Wood & Dust, for all wood surfaces

* Fabric Pre-Wash, spray on enzymes for stains before and/or between washing

Tisha LePort

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    Organize and Simplify Your Home for Greater Happiness

    Organize and Simplify Your Home for Greater Happiness

    It’s now more important than ever to focus on things in our lives that bring us joy and happiness, to surround ourselves with things that we love, and to make daily living as easy as possible. A great place to start is in our own homes. We may not be able to control what’s going on in the world around us, but we most certainly can control what goes on in our own homes. Each day there are many things that need to be done from getting ready for our day in the morning to preparing meals and cleaning up the dishes at night. With so many tasks, why not make them as easy and enjoyable as possible? Here are some room-by-room ideas of things you can do to reduce stress and simplify life in your own home.

    Kitchen
    Got gadgets? Get rid of kitchen gadgets you don’t use that are taking up valuable space. Store frequently used items where you use them most. Keep large scissors, scotch tape, bag clips, pens, black sharpies (for dating food), and a small notepad in a drawer for easy accessibility at all times. Hang a customized grocery list on the fridge and check off food items as supplies run low. Store plastic grocery bags in an empty Kleenex box under the sink or in a drawer (it’s amazing how many you can actually cram in there). Match up lids with plastic bowls. Toss those that don’t have matches. Keep a hair clip in a small dish near the sink so it’s right there when you need it when preparing meals or washing dishes. In addition, keep a small dish on the counter for rings when doing dishes.

    Bathroom
    Store like items in clear, stackable, labeled containers or plastic drawers. (i.e. nail care, makeup, small creams and  lotions, travel products, etc.). Pull out and use as needed and even carry to another room. Do you share the bathroom with others? Have a separate labeled container for each person. Store extra rolls of toilet paper in a drawer, basket or cabinet. Keep a set of cleaning products in each bathroom for fast, easy cleaning. Store shower cleaner and a sponge or scrub brush in the shower. Have a few extra minutes? Clean the shower while showering. Keep sink countertops clutter-free and organize the contents of drawers with drawer dividers. Do you enjoy listening to the radio in the morning? Invest in a small bathroom/shower radio to start your day off right.

    Living Room
    Keep this room clutter-free. Designate a home for remote controls. Keep only current magazines on the coffee table and recycle the rest. Minimize the number of knick-knacks and framed photos strewn about. Keep only those that you like and that are very special to you. The less you have, the easier it will be to clean and dust. Make this room beautiful. Display only things that make you happy.

    Bedroom
    On the bedside table keep only your essentials (i.e. lotion, Chap Stick, bottled water, alarm clock, and the current book you’re reading). Use a hamper for dirty laundry instead of the floor or a chair. Hang clean clothes in the closet where they belong. Make your bed every morning. You’ll feel great each time you walk into your room. Need more storage space? Use bed risers to lift up the bed frame and store items underneath. Keep a jar on the dresser for spare change and a little dish for emptying pocket items. Have an empty basket handy for putting items that go elsewhere in the house. Before going to bed at night take time to put things back where they belong.

    Closet
    Keep only the clothes that you wear and that make you feel great! Life is short. Why wear clothes you don’t like? Organize clothes by categories (i.e. slacks together, blouses together, dresses together, etc.) and then by color within the categories. For an orderly look, use only one kind of hanger (i.e. wood or all white). Store shoes in stackable clear plastic shoe bins either on the floor or on closet shelves. Use shelf dividers to keep stacks of clothes tidy and neat. Keep a donation bin on the floor to easily toss clothes into that you’re ready to part with. Giving to those in need will brighten your day!

    Copyright © 2010 Always Organizing. All rights reserved.

     

    Amy Brueske is an organizing expert and owner of Always Organizing, specializing in residential and small business organizing services, serving the San Francisco North Bay Area (Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties). Amy is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD). Amy has written many articles on the topic of organizing and publishes a free monthly e-newsletter offering valuable organizing tips and solutions. For more information and to sign up for her e-newsletter visit: www.AlwaysOrganizing.com

     

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      Home Made Cleaner: How to Make Your Own Aromatherapy Spray to Cleanse, Disinfect and Freshen Your Home… Naturally!

      Home Made Cleaner: How to Make Your Own Aromatherapy Spray to Cleanse, Disinfect and Freshen Your Home… Naturally!

      Home Made Cleaners: Cheap, Easy, Earth Friendly… and Aromatic!


      Cleaning your home with products that won’t poison you or bring on an allergy attack is easier than you might think. It’s also much less expensive than buying store-bought cleaning products. And the best benefit of making your own aromatherapy spray – it smells fabulous!


      Green is the latest big movement in energy, cars and cleaners. But consider the amount of energy that goes into manufacturing those bottles of spray and jars of scrub. Think about the transportation costs to get them to your store shelves. Not to mention the toxic ingredients that often go into making them.


      Reduce, reuse, recycle. Making cleaning  products yourself reduces the amount of product you buy. Plus, if you put your aromatherapy spray in old, clean bottles, you’re reusing. And of course, plastics go in recycling bins, not trash cans.

      Make your Own Homemade Cleaning Solution… with Just a Few Key Ingredients


      You only need three or four key ingredients to get great cleaning results in just about every area of your home, and you can buy most of them from your supermarket. You need:


      A big jug of white vinegar.
      A box of borax (usually found in the laundry detergent section.)
      Baking soda. (Buy it from your local bulk food store and reduce your packaging even further.)
      A few of your favorite essential oils.



      Aromatherapy Home Made Spray Recipe


      This is one of the quickest, easiest homemade cleaning recipes you’ll ever make. You can use it everywhere: Spray it on your sinks, toilets and countertops to disinfect them. Spray it onto a cloth and damp-wipe to dust your furniture. Use it to clean your car, your office, your patio furniture…


      Ingredients


      1 teaspoon borax
      1/4 cup vinegar
      2 cups water
      30 drops essential oil

      Directions


      Boil the water. Pour it into a large glass measuring cup or pitcher with a spout. Add the borax and stir until it’s dissolved. Add the vinegar. Let cool, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Drop in the essential oils.


      Note: Add the essential oils AFTER your pour the cleaner into the bottle because the essential oil’s scent can “stick” to your measuring cup or pitcher.


      Caution: Do not use this recipe to clean windows, mirrors or glass; it will cause streaks. The secret to home made spray for glass is just to use vinegar and essential oils. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, drop in a few essential oils and voila! a grease-cutting, streak-free, aromatic glass cleaner!

      Essential Oils for Homemade Cleaning Solutions


      Try some of these terrific essential oil blends in your home made cleaning recipes – they not only smell fabulous, but they boost your cleaning power by killing viruses and bacteria.

      Soothing Lavender


      20 drops lavender
      10 drops lemon

      Minty Fresh


      20 drops peppermint
      10 drops tea tree



      Clean Pine Scent


      10 drops pine
      10 drops lemon
      10 drops grapefruit (or  just use 20 drops lemon)

      Why Use an Aromatherapy Spray (Not Just a Plain One)


      Essential oils disinfect surfaces by killing any viruses, bacteria and funguses living on them. They also boost your immune system, lift your mood and reduce your stress – not to mention freshening your rooms! You won’t find all those benefits in a bottle of synthetic spray on your supermarket shelf!


      Once you try it, you’ll love making cleaning products – after all, you’ll be saving money, using green, healthy ingredients and filling your home with fresh, natural scents… Who knows, you might even find that you enjoy cleaning after all!

      I invite you to visit my website to get a bonus aromatherapy air freshener recipe with a happy, spicy scent that will lift your mood and warm your home.

      You’ll also find dozens of other quick, easy, fun-to-make aromatherapy recipes you can use to take care of yourself and your family. Recipes to help you sleep better… lose weight… relieve stress… ease pain… improve your skin… and much more!

      Visit www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com to learn how you can have fun and get healthy with aromatherapy today!

      From Kyley Zimmerman

      Disclaimer: All information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose, or cure any condition.

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      All about Green Living by Hart of green

      All about Green Living by Hart of green

      Green is a term we here every where now a days. Green houses, cars, clothing, food, cleaning products these are the terms we generally come across. Green living really mean living in a way that will not harm the natural balance of things. This is a healthier lifestyle for both us and for the planet.  Our bodies were designed to run very efficiently according to what nature has provided.

      There are some simple changes which help for green living.

      1. By reducing the garbage which we produce.

      2. Change out incandescent bulbs for energy efficient, fluorescent ones.

      3. Turn lights and fans off when leaving a room.

      4. By reducing water usage and  Install low-flow shower heads.

      5. By carrying cloth bags and eliminate the need of plastic ones.

      6. By Examine the packaging of the products you purchase and always purchase products whose packaging is recyclable.

      7. By clearing out the chemicals, where the chemical labs are producing more chemicals which pollute the water. It is not much easy to prevent the chemicals but there are many safe effective alternative ingredients which come from other sustainable sources.

      Living green really does not make any difference but it is a healthy choice for all of us. Small changes you can live with will have a greater impact in the long run. So it is a duty of us by living green and to keep the society green. Green controls the harmful gas producing by the industries. It gives oxygen and observes carbondioxide. Not only for the health; it also gives pleasant mind and reduces all tensions. It gives tension free mind for some time.

      Making some simple, and non simple, changes in your place that is house, work place, and other places where we live can help the environment and slow down global warming. It makes much difference if we spend a little time every week.

      Switching to electronic billing is a great way to reduce paper consumption, saving trees and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the process. A lot of people are afraid of online billing but the truth is that it’s probably safer than snail mail. Home office equipment consumes less energy and allowing people to work from home obviously avoids their commute. As long as employees are reliable and able to work on their own, there is no reason to not allow them to work from home a couple days a week to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Coming to work places if we operate a retail stores encourage a Reusable Shopping Bags. Using reusable bags helps cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, reduces pollution, and helps keep our planet beautiful.

      Government also taking necessary steps to live their countries green. Green Living is nothing but making a conscious decision to incorporate modern technology, energy, and a commitment to conservation practices in our everyday lives. So, first step we can all take toward green living is being aware of our habits that will have a negative impact on the environment, and then secondly taking the necessary steps to change them.

      People have many reasons for searching out more organic and natural products.Making sustainable choices are an important component of green living.There are many ways to adapt green living into your life by taking a look at your home. This small change can bring much relief for the environment for future generations. There are so many other products out there than help make Living Green a reality at http://www.hartofgreen.com/

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