â€œ12 Veggies with the most pesticidesâ€ Treehugger.com â€¨
Spring & Summer bring fresh food cravings, and with so many fruits & veggies in season this summer, it helps to know which have the most yucky pesticides. And everyone loves a good slide show.
â€œGet Your Green Makeoverâ€ Organic Beauty Magazine
â€¨This excerpt covers skin & nails, specifically, with a great checklist of ingredients to avoid, plus a quote by Kim Dâ€™Amato, founder of Priti Organic Spa, whose nail polish line was recently added to W3LL PEOPLE!
â€œSunscreen Confusionâ€ GorgeouslyGreen.com â€¨
Another great post on Gorgeously Greenâ€™s site, and a must read before you head out this season. This one has a useful list of â€œbest practicesâ€ when out in the sun, including favorite sunscreen brands. At the top of the list is Keys RX, which can be found at W3LL PEOPLE, along with some great sunless tanning options.
â€œ8 must have products for the Gorgeously Green Girlâ€ â€¨
If you are like me, you havenâ€™t done your spring cleaning yet. Donâ€™t fret, you were just waiting for the right cleaning materials to make your spring cleaning eco-friendly. Check out this list courtesy of GorgeouslyGreen.com, chances are you already have a few of these in your cupboard already!
Eight Must-Have Products for the Gorgeously Green Girl
If you have time, you may want to save lots of money and make your
own cleaning products. Itâ€™s actually incredibly easy and fun, and it will
not make your home look or smell like a dingy hippie commune. I use
a mixture of the store-bought eco-cleaners and my own. Most importantly, you can save a lot of money.
Stock your cupboards with the following eight products and you can clean just about anything:
1. White vinegarâ€”see the section on vinegar.
2. Baking sodaâ€”eliminates odors and is a good scrubbing powder.
3. Boraxâ€”removes dirt; is antifungal and a possible disinfectant.
4. Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent concentration)â€” nontoxic bleach, antibacterial agent, and stain remover.
5. Lemon juiceâ€”grease cutter and stain remover.
6. Liquid castile soapâ€”all-purpose cleaner, grease-cutter, and
disinfectant. Castile means that the soap is vegetable-based
and not animal fatâ€“based.
7. Olive oilâ€”makes great furniture polish.
8. Essential oils of lavender, geranium, and tea treeâ€”antibacterial
and add a great smell to your home.
Tea Tree Oil
I have a passion for this strong-smelling essential oil from Australia. It
is a natural solvent and is brilliant for cutting grease while killing
germs and bacteria. They actually swab down hospitals with it in Aus-tralia. It also has a variety of health benefits: I put it on sores and cuts; in shampoo for dandruff; on bleeding gums; and dilute it with water for a mouthwash.
Be careful that youâ€™re getting the real thingâ€”
it comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant. There are at least one hundred fifty species
of the Melaleuca plant, but only the alternifolia one has the healing
properties that you need. So check the label. Also, take a whiff before
buying, as it should have a very strong smell. You want to make sure it
hasnâ€™t been diluted. Buy organic if possible. Most large health food
stores and many drugstores now stock it. You can also buy it from
Vinegar deserves a paragraph of its own because it is one of the best
cleaners. It can sometimes bring to mind the gloomy eco-house, but it
is so effective that I have gotten over it. I chuck a cup in the main body
of the dishwasher for every other cycle and use it as a drain cleaner
with boiling water. Drain cleaners are the same as oven cleanersâ€”
avoid them. I also clean out my washing machine with vinegar (run it
through a cycle once a month).
Vinegar is the best window cleaner I have ever found. I have tried
every tip and method for my windows. I have a large picture window in
my living room that birds like to use as a bathroom. Everything leaves
a smeared effect except a water/vinegar (half and half ) solution. I use
old rags from torn-up T-shirts. You can also clean your microwave,
kettle, eyeglasses, and lunch boxes with this wonder substance.