Whether you choose to clean green to save the planet or just to save money - or both - it makes a lot of economic and environmental sense to consider earth-friendly alternatives.
It's takes a little more effort - or elbow grease, as they once called it.
Yet if you're committed to keeping your home clean and your family safe from toxic fumes and chemicals, it's well worth it.
Below are stories to get you started or provide detailed tips for cleaning different rooms in your home the eco-friendly way.
How to Clean a Bathroom With Vinegar
Vinegar is one of the most effective, least expensive cleaners. In the
bathroom, this degreaser and mild disinfectant can make any bathroom
shine - naturally.
6 Houseplants You Can't Kill Houseplants contribute a lot to your home: beauty, serenity, even oxygen as they go about their daily growth and flowering. No green thumb? No problem. Here are a few botanical best bets that can survive some neglect.
Less-Toxic Home Cleaning Tips
Simple, earth-smart cleaning strategies and techniques.
Less-Toxic Flea Busting Getting rid of fleas in your home doesn't require the use of toxic chemicals. These less-toxic methods kill the fleas without harming your family.
Less-Toxic Ant Removal Avoid using pesticides in your home by choosing one of these less-toxic ways to send an army of ants that has invaded your home packing for good.
Making Compost Happen Mulch much? If not, there are plenty of reasons you should. And these simple steps to home composting will quickly get you started.
Like the idea of backyard composting - but not the wormy red wigglers
that go with it? You can compost effectively - no worms required. Here's
Cleaning Up Pet Messes Even the best pets will have an accident - piddle on the carpet or get sick on the hardwood floor. These earth-friendly cleaning tips can help get rid of the blight and accompanying odors fast.
Lighten Up for Energy Savings Save energy and lower your utility bill - does it get any better than this? Here's how.
How to Save Energy in the Laundry Room Clean clothes and less-energy spent getting them there go hand-in-hand with these simple tips.
Energy-Saving Cleaning Tips Clean your home and save energy and money in the process? It doesn't get any better than this.
Create a Kitchen Recycling Center Recycling is key to a greener-living home. Why not create an easy-to-use recycling center in your kitchen? Here's how.
Are Your Houseplants Healthy? Happy houseplants contribute a lot to your home: beauty, serenity, even oxygen. Here's how to keep them healthy even if you can barely spare a minute to care for them.
Homemade Stain Solutions How to create your own less-toxic laundry stain-busters.
Green Cleaning: The Basics Less-toxic cleaning solutions that will get your house sparkling - without taking a toll on the environment.
About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.