Saturday, March 22, 2008
Healthy, Neat and Cheap
One year I had a new year's resolution that I was going to do everything I could to be healthy, neat and cheap. The antithesis of this resolution would be ordering an expensive pizza for delivery and leaving the pizza box in the sink for a week (which I did last week). But, I've recently discovered a way to resurrect this resolution from the dead! Green cleaners have always touted their non-toxic qualities, but they're often expensive and some, like Simple Green, aren't even all that "green." My co-worker's asthma always acts up when she uses it, which jives with reports that it contains a chemical that's an asthma inducer. Green cleaning is the way to go. Homemade cleaners with vinegar, baking soda, lemon, etc. get your house clean, are cheaper than the Whole Foods-bought stuff, and don't include those nasty chemicals that have been linked to asthma, infertility and small testicles (if you're a boy). So I bought a bottle of vinegar at my Asian grocery for only $.79! I've used it already in my sink, and I feel cleaner, healthier and cheaper (in a good way) already. Find out more about green cleaning, and how to host a green cleaning party (invite your grandma--she probably knows some great tricks too) at www.womenandenvironment.org/greenclean.