Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day & Conscious Cleaning Tutorial

On behalf of the TransCanada Etsy Team, Happy Earth Day!

We have a wide variety of handmade, eco-friendly products available year-round! To search etsy for Canadian-made, eco-friendly products enter teamcanada in your search!
Here are just a few of the many eco-friendly products the TransCanada Etsy Team has to offer:
1.) Silver Moon - Sterling Silver Ring by Luttrell Studio, made using reclaimed silver
2.) Ginny Gordon Rebound Journal by Prairie Peasant using recycled vintage book materials
3.) Pink Damselfly Tile Pendant by starryeyedstudios using repurposed scrabble tile
4.) Cheerful Eco Cup Cozy by Laura Bucci using patchworked, vintage fabric
5.) Distressed Leather Cuff by Enthral made from a recycled leather belt
6.) Mustache Hankie - Red/Blue Plaid by avrilloreti, a perfect alternative to paper napkin products

Eco Tutorial:
Conscious Cleaning
Cleanliness might be next to godliness, but overdoing housework won’t do your health any favors. Scientists suspect that our love affair with domestic cleaning products is responsible for sky-rocketing asthma rates, since ultracleanliness and antibacterial cleaners eliminate germs that help children build up healthy immunity.

Here are some tips for keeping it green at home:
- Stick to the basics: the power of simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and salt is amazing. Keep a spray bottle of ½ water and ½ white vinegar around for everyday cleaning- from mirrors, countertops, shining taps, dusting and more, cleanliness is just a spray away.
- Baking soda is a great scourer- to clean sinks, bathtubs, or burnt on food in pots & pans, simply wet the surface with a spray of water, and sprinkle baking soda over generously. Add a few drops of eco-friendly liquid dish detergent, grab a rag, and scrub away! Rinse with hot water.
- For carpet spills, sprinkle table salt or baking soda generously over spill, let dry, and vacuum up.
- Hang your clothes to dry whenever possible. Line-dried clothes have such a fresh, clean smell. If you don’t have a line, an indoor clothes rack or line can be purchased at a low cost. Hang whites in the sun for a day or two to take advantage of the natural bleaching action of the sun. Choose eco-friendly, petroleum-free laundry soaps. My husband used to have a severe case of eczema, since making the switch to a natural laundry soap, he rarely has any flare-ups.
- Save your old cotton t-shirts and transform them into rags for cleaning around the house. You can even sew cool graphic t-shirts into cool little napkins!

*Brought to you by OffTheHooks, maker of eco-conscious crochet, knit, and handspun fiber items from Edmonton, Alberta.


laurabucci said...

This is great Ashley! I like your suggestion of keeping a bottle handy of water and vinegar. Also liked your t-shirt napkin idea! Thanks!!

Enthral said...

I swear by water and vinegar for most of my cleaning. :)

Rhonda said...

great tips! thanks for sharing :)

Luttrell Studio said...
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Luttrell Studio said...

Great post! Don't house is never over cleaned!! ;-)

Thank you so much for featuring my ring!