Gail of Green Living

Be a Responsible Shopper!

When I’m shopping, I am trying to be aware of where products are made.  I am focused on buying products made in the U.S. to benefit our economy and also cut the shipping expenses and carbon footprint coming from other countries.  One area I’ve found that is easy to make a difference is in green cleaning products.  I found Seventh Generation dryer sheets on my last shopping trip, and a word on the box got my attention right away…”compostable“!  On the back side of the box is some education material that makes me feel good about deciding to buy this product.  The product is free and clear of dyes, fragrances and masking agents.

“If every household in the U.S. replaced just one box of polyester fabric softener sheets with our paper sheets, and composted after use, we could prevent 7,400 tons of solid waste from entering our landfills, equivalent to 780 garbage trucks”!

And this company dedicates 10% of their profit to organizations working for positive change.

I’ll let you know how it breaks down in the compost pile…if I can!  Let me know if you have suggestions for better household products.


Cleaners and Insecticides…from Herbs
October 15, 2011, 10:27 am
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A new use for a blender or food-processor

This morning’s newspaper featured an article about using herbs to make housekeeping and insect control easier.  My July 12th post mentioned uses of vinegar, which can be used in so many green cleaning products and insecticides, too.  But today I learned why commercial cleaners so often include a lemon scent.  The citrus fragrance is great for insect control!  A great floor cleaner would be Murphy’s Oil Soap in a bucket of water, with citrus essential oils, such as lemongrass, citronella or eucalyptus added.  Adding lemon-scented oil to vinegar for cleaning windows is a great idea, too

Mealy moths in your pantry?  Put dried bay leaves in flour, dried beans, couscous or lentils.

To keep insects out of your greenhouse or garden, use an infusion of chili peppers and garlic Blend two to three peppers, a bulb of garlic and 2 cups of water.  Let it sit overnight, then strain it until only liquid remains.  Mix 2 tablespoons with 4 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing soap in a spray bottle.  Use this to spray an infected plant up to three times, but you probably won’t need to do it more than once.

Tell me about your favorite green cleaning products and insecticides.