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Steps to Take for a Greener Home

Living more environmentally-friendly may seem like a daunting task, but by taking small steps you can really make a difference in transforming your home. Going "green" means that your lifestyle will be better for the environment and will help to preserve the earth for many generations. Transforming your home into one that's more environmentally-friendly is a big step, but one that will have a positive impact on your life and the environment.


How To Build Your LEED Home

LEED for HomesFor years you've lived the green life — from energy efficient lightbulbs to growing your own veggies to reusable diapers. Now you're ready to step it up by building an LEED home.

First off, it's a great time to enter LEED living. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently updated the requirements for becoming LEED certified. They call the requirements "LEED v4." One of the aims of the update is to make the process easier. Not that the requirements are less stringent, just more of a streamlined process and less paperwork.


Using grapefruit and salt to treat dirty bathtubs

Grapefruit and Salt Bathtub CleanerSometimes conventional cleaning methods are just not worth the risk. Big cleaning supply companies don’t want you to know this, but aside from the fancy perfumes and aromas they stuff in those things, they also put ammonia, 2-butoxyethanol, ethoxylated nonyl phenol, methylene chloride, naphthalene, silica, toluene, xylene and others. These are all harsh and dangerous chemicals that should be avoided at all costs; especially when they are so many wonderful alternatives available. Now, you might be asking yourself – how can grapefruit and common household salt help me, while tested and proven commercial cleaning detergents cannot. Well, for one grapefruit possesses a special ingredient that is both good for your health and good for cleaning bathtubs – I am of course talking about citric acid. This naturally occurring chemical is just what almost every concerned housekeeper is looking for. Sure it can get rather expensive (compared to regular cleaning detergents, this will cost you a hefty bundle), but by using grapefruit, at least you know exactly what you are putting near you. Let’s follow a step-by-step tutorial of how to clean your bathtub effectively, without using any nasty detergents what so ever (feel free to apply this method to other parts of the bathroom; like the tap and the toilet bowl.


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