Borax: Is it really a safe and green alternative cleaner?
It’s tough to be the bearer of bad news, but we need to shine a light on a widely-held misconception when it comes to safer ways to clean your home. Borax is not a green cleaning ingredient, as many have been led to believe.Read full story
Slimy Not Soft: Your Clothes on Fabric Softener
Fabric softeners and dryer sheets, considered laundry room staples by many, are a relatively new invention. They were designed to make our clothes feel a little softer and less staticky – and to line the cleaning products industry’s pockets, to the tune of millions to billions of dollars each year. Most fabric softeners also coat [...]Read full story
Our not-so-fresh conclusion about air fresheners
A quick spritz of air freshener may seem like the perfect quick fix for funky odors from the diaper pail or the bathroom. Unfortunately, that pleasing smell is just more indoor air pollution.Read full story
Antibacterial Wipes: Ubiquitous but Not Safe
It seems like that handy canister of antibacterial cleaning wipes is everywhere these days. Grocery stores dispense them for dabbing at the handle of your cart, gyms park them conveniently for wiping down exercise equipment. Many schools hand them out so kids can scrub their desks and even include them on back-to-school supply lists.Read full story
How Green is your Childcare?
As parents, we consider many factors when selecting a childcare situation for our children – among them cost, convenience, philosophy, hours and the ratio of caregivers to kids. But how many of us give a thought to environmental health? We should, because young children’s developing bodies are very susceptible to chemical exposures.Read full story
Green those School Supplies!
At the end of every summer, most parents buy back-to-school supplies. It’s a ritual – and more and more parents are greening the process by asking how to pick the safest – and greenest – options.Read full story
School lunch: More Fruits & Veggies, Please!
Whether your child eats the school lunch or your own hand-packed version, there’s a chance she might not be getting enough fruits and veggies. U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show that American adults and teens are chronic under-eaters when it comes to produce. And while we likely do a better job with our little ones, [...]Read full story
Help your Kids’ School Clean Greener
Yesterday, I wrote about a recent Environmental Working Group study of school cleaners and indoor air pollution that revealed how many toxic pollutants are emitted into classroom air by traditional cleaning supplies.Read full story
Cleaning at School may Dirty your Child’s Classroom Air
As most parents know, childhood asthma is on the rise. In fact, 1 in 10 American kids now develops this chronic health condition during childhood. If your child is fortunate enough to be asthma-free, chances are she or he has at least one school or daycare buddy with the disease.Read full story