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Clean Green Talk is a podcast for you – the working mom, stay-at-home mom or concerned grandma. If you are looking for inspiration, motivation, and ACTIONABLE advice during your daily commute, workout, or "me" time, Leslie Reichert along with Marie Stegner delivers. Each episode brings you a leader in the cleaning-organizing world who shares their journey and their expertise. Each week you will get exactly what you need to keep you focused on your journey towards a cleaner greener lifestyle. We cover topics like Green Living | Clean Living | Organic | All-Natural Food | Organizing.
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Dec 22, 2015

Detoxification expert and author Sophia Ruan Gushée joins us on our radio show to discuss detoxification and how taking simple steps towards detoxing your body and home can be beneficial.  Her new book, A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures -- endorsed by Dr. Frank Lipman and wellness expert Elena Brower -- is an easy-to-read guide for individuals and families to reduce their exposures to toxins and their potentially harmful effects on our health and our environment. 

Sophia is an encyclopedia of knowledge in all areas of detoxification and is available to discuss various aspects of the process. A few topics include:

Family Environments: How to detoxify and naturally clean your nursery or children's rooms, play rooms,  kitchen and family areas

Holiday Detox:  How to make this holiday season a happy and healthier environment

New Year's Resolutions: Simple steps you can take to start the new year in a healthier way

Immunity Boosters: How to naturally restore your body's health and resiliency during cold and flu season

Digital "D-Tox": How to strategically reduce exposure to electronics to improve physical and mental health 

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Facebook: Sophia Ruan Gushee

Twitter: @sophiagushee

Dec 16, 2015

The Revolutionary Sanitizing Sponge Holder on Kickstarter

Innovation through beautiful design is what SpongeBath is all about. SpongeBath is a dual-purpose designer sponge holder that simultaneously cleans and stores sponges. On today’s show, we interview the Founders and Co-CEO’s of SpongeBath, Matthew Flannery & Tod Maitland, as well as COO Cory Ryan and Dr. Keri Peterson, who is endorsing the product.

We talk about the company’s Kickstarter campaign for the next generation of SpongeBath -- the designer sponge holder that will store, clean and sanitize sponges.

See the Kickstarter campaign here: ‪ 

How will SpongeBath Work?

While you’re not using your sponge, your sponge will actually be soaking in the sanitizer inside of SpongeBath. Using a patented method, SpongeBath will freshen and eliminate odors, clean mold and mildew stains, remove soap scum and sanitize sponges, killing 99.9% of germs.

It is important to the inventors that the product is Made in the USA and uses green ingredients to reduce the chemical footprint in everyone’s lives. The product incorporates the highest quality components carefully selected for functionality, durability and design.

SpongeBath can be securely and easily attached to any sink-side or placed on a countertop. It will feature an advanced LED reminder light and will be packed with enhancements and upgrades, making it even more effective and easier to use.

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The inventors’ background:

Matthew Flannery (Founder, Co-CEO / CPO) – Along with Tod, invented, patented and developed SpongeBath. Prior to founding SpongeBath LLC, Matthew was a professional cameraman and still photographer for over 18 years. Film and television credits include Rounders, Boiler Room, 16 Blocks, Emmy nominated shows, Sex and the City (the HBO series and both films) and Showtime’s The Big C. Matthew has a life-long passion for science, technology and design and for creating elegant solutions to solve everyday problems.

Tod Maitland (Founder, Co-CEO / President) – Along with Matthew, Tod invented, patented and developed SpongeBath. Prior to founding SpongeBath LLC, Tod Co-founded The Hollywood Edge, the world’s largest sound library company with an e-commerce platform. He also founded New Deal Inc., a sound equipment rental company. Tod is a three-time Academy Award-nominated sound mixer. Tod has worked on more than 90 films, including Seabiscuit, I Am Legend, JFK and Tootsie. Tod is passionate about designing and bringing products to market that will help improve people’s lives.

The inventor's background:      

Matthew Flannery (Founder, Co-CEO / CPO) – Along with Tod, invented, patented and developed SpongeBath. Prior to founding SpongeBath LLC, Matthew was a professional cameraman and still photographer for over 18 years. Film and television credits include Rounders, Boiler Room, 16 Blocks, Emmy nominated shows, Sex and the City (the HBO series and both films) and Showtime’s The Big C. Matthew has a life-long passion for science, technology and design and for creating elegant solutions to solve everyday problems.

Tod Maitland (Founder, Co-CEO / President) – Along with Matthew, Tod invented, patented and developed SpongeBath. Prior to founding SpongeBath LLC, Tod Co-founded The Hollywood Edge, the world’s largest sound library company with an e-commerce platform. He also founded New Deal Inc., a sound equipment rental company. Tod is a three-time Academy Award-nominated sound mixer. Tod has worked on more than 90 films, including Seabiscuit, I Am Legend, JFK and Tootsie. Tod is passionate about designing and bringing products to market that will help improve people’s lives. 

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Dec 12, 2015

When she’s not doing homework, carpooling, blogging or burning dinner, Carolyn creates wellness programs for new moms, mothers to be, along with nonprofit organizations helping women and mothers in need. In addition she’s created wellness/fitness programs for Wells Fargo, CVS, Fresh and Easy.

Carolyn has been featured as an expert on Good Morning America, Fox News, The Doctors, Style TV, KTLA News, CBS New, ABC News and The Today Show. She’s also served as a fitness content contributor for: Shape, Self, Fitness, Woman’s First, Parenting, LA Parent, Red Book, Real Simple, All You, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Washington Post, National Enquirer and the Daily News.

In this show we talk about Carolyn’s newest adventure which is being a coach on the new ABC show: My Diet is Better Than Your Diet which will be airing in January. Carolyn shares some tips and tricks she recommends for getting through the holidays without gaining that “holiday 10”.  Listen and learn how you can cut back, workout and keep your focus any time of year.


Dec 1, 2015

Karen Girardo, owner and founder of Just Naturals in Bedford, New Hampshire, worked in the corporate world for over 20 years before starting her company 10 years ago. Her personal story is what motivated her and led her down this path to find great performing natural products. Shortly after leaving her job to stay at home with her school age son, she became very ill. She experienced debilitating reactions to common household cleaning, laundry, and personal care products.  For many years Karen has held a close alliance with the naturopathic and holistic community. She educated herself over the years in order to help her and her son with various allergies, asthma and autoimmune issues. This background, combined with her corporate experience in product development and marketing, was very instrumental in providing the launching ground for Just Naturals.

Karen’s passion drove the research and found the resources needed to begin her business. She developed an award-winning line of authentically natural products for the home and body. Just Naturals Retail Store and On-Line Store are unique in that they provide a complete natural solution for your home (room by room) and body (face, body & bath).

Just Naturals Mission: Our passion for helping others achieve a more natural, healthy lifestyle is shown through our dedication to developing superior-performing natural products ...enhancing the well-being of entire families!

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Karen is giving all our listeners a 20% off discount. Just the coupon code Green20 in the checkout.

Karen has also given us a gift basket that you can win. Enter here until 12/15/2015

Nov 24, 2015

Would you eat your hand cream? Of course not! Your skin is your largest body organ. When you slather lotion all over your body, you’re ingesting whatever is in that lotion through your skin. So wouldn’t you want to use products that are just as natural as something you’d eat?

At My Organic Beauty Bar–MOBB for short–we’re about helping you look and feel your best, as naturally as possible.

If you’re finding yourself here, we imagine you’ve heard a thing or two about chemicals or other toxic ingredients lurking in your everyday health and beauty products. And if you’re any thing like us, you don’t want them there. For many products available today, it’s true. They’re in there, along with loads of other chemicals we don’t want to be putting on our bodies and absorbing through our skin. And unless you have a PhD in cosmetology or chemistry, you could spend weeks, months or even years researching what’s really hiding in all of those pretty bottles and tubes.

We deserve better than that.

We treat beauty and health with a holistic, no-nonsense, common-sense approach. Our bodies aren’t meant to take in chemicals and pseudo-ingredients. It just isn’t safe. Why take the risk when you can treat your body to products made with organic super foods, natural healing botanicals and other nutritional and rejuvenating ingredients that make you look and feel your best?

At MOBB, we sell items from Miessence–a brand that we use every day and a company we can truly stand behind. All Miessence products have been extensively researched and developed for quality and effectiveness using pure, natural ingredients without any artificial chemical processing. Many of them are certified organic. We believe that Miessence truly cares about our health, our beauty, the health of the planet and our complete essence.

Organic, natural, beautiful. Just like you.

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Nov 17, 2015

It has never been a more exciting time to be a dentist, as dentistry and medicine move closer together than ever before. Recent studies have shed light on a whole new arena of dentistry by proving that the health of your mouth can affect the overall health of your body. Decreasing the member’s exposure to known toxins through Bio-Compatibility testing, while optimizing the immune system with adequate nutrition, is the hallmark of Dr. Diane Meyer’s philosophy.

Dr. Meyer has been extensively trained in the mouth-body-emotion connection. Her entire working career of 38 years has been in the dental field in one capacity or another. She started out in high school at age 16 as a dental assistant trained at Davea. Dr. Meyer graduated from Elmhurst College with a B.S. degree in psychology, in addition to excelling in physiology and biology. She held positions as a student liaison for the Chicago Dental Society and Secretary Treasurer while attending Loyola University Dental School, where she graduated in 1991. Since 1998, Dr. Meyer learned about the hazards of mercury, and her workplace has operated in being mercury safe ever since. Soon thereafter, she discovered Dr. Hall Huggins along with Dr. Douglas Cook and decided to mentor under both to learn their methods. Since mentoring under Dr. Huggins and Dr. Cook, taking the wisdom of both as well as others to build a treatment that she refers to as “The Meyer Protocol”. Through thousands of hours of study and watching the failures of the existing protocols, Dr. Meyer was driven to derive her own protocols with greater success.                                                                 Dr. Meyer believes that an individual cannot experience the best overall health without addressing the body’s basic nutritional needs. She utilizes medical practitioners and other health-care providers along with her own knowledge to reach this goal. Comprehensive testing helps to minimize the immune system’s reactions to all things put into/on the body. Additionally, Dr. Meyer is Mercury safe, which is a stricter protocol than Mercury free. Dr. Meyer also shares her love of dentistry with her family. She has a brother, two uncles, and four cousins who are dentists, and a sister who is a dental hygienist.

Dr. Meyer has hosted and spoken at many venues, published a book called Pick Your Poisons, published many profound articles, is featured in several magazines, appeared on television shows and film documentaries, has been interviewed for multiple radio shows, and is a member of a numerous organizations… just to mention a “few” accomplishments!

Holistic Dentistry Illinois: It is a family-friendly dental office that combines compassionate service, great skill, and a commitment to healthy living in order to improve your well-being and quality of life. Dr. Meyer’s office is dedicated to putting your dental health into a broader perspective. The office believes that the state of your smile plays an important role in how your entire body functions and how you feel about yourself. Dr. Diane Meyer leads the team in offering numerous treatments and services designed to not only treat your smile, but your overall mental, physical, and emotional state.

Since 2008, Holistic Dentistry Illinois has been proud to serve Downers Grove, Illinois, and the surrounding communities in the greater Chicago area. When you visit, you can expect a completely safe environment, powerful and innovative treatments, and a caring dentist that not only wants to treat decay, but discover why it is occurring in the first place.

It is important to visit our website at for more information about Dr. Diane Meyer, the office of Holistic Dentistry Illinois, and valuable information pertaining to your health.

Nov 7, 2015

It's cold and flu season so you need to talk precautions. That doesn't mean you need to turn to toxic cleaners and other chemicals to keep the flu virus out  of your home.

Listen to Nurse Marie as she shares some great tips on keeping your home clean and healthy. Also learn how Leslie joined Dr. Oz and had her DIY cleaning products put to the test - on National TV.

You can watch Leslie on the Dr. Oz Show here:


Oct 20, 2015

Nancy Addison, CHC, AADP, is an inspirational health and nutrition speaker, #1 best selling author, radio show host and newspaper and magazine columnist.

  Nancy educates people about the healing benefits of an organic, plant-based diet, she also shares how this type of diet is one of the best ways to help protect and preserve our precious mother earth. Among many other things: Nancy is a certified in plant-based nutrition & sports nutrition, raw food chef, personal trainer and chef of health supportive cooking. This is her passion, as she makes healthy eating delicious!

          Nancy has appeared on Good Morning America, Good Morning Texas, Fox Good Day Morning Show, CBS, Texas Living and The Broadcast.

         Nancy’s best selling books are inspiring, as well as being endorsed by world-renowned doctors. Her publications include “How To Be a Healthy Vegetarian” (first and second edition - second edition was a best seller),  “Raising Healthy Children ( a number one best seller),” “Lose Weight, Get Healthy & Never Have To Be On A Diet Again!” and  “Alive and Cooking: An Easy Guide To Health For You and Your Parent”, which she co-authored with Maryann DeLeo.  


 Before becoming a professional speaker and health counselor, Nancy experienced a penicillin overdose at a young age that demanded numerous blood transfusion and bone marrow tests, leaving her with acute anemia. Craving sugar for energy, she came very close to becoming diabetic and gained 50 extra unhealthful pounds while pregnant. She began to research all she could on health, nutrition and self-healing. Nancy adjusted her stressful lifestyle and food choices.

Nancy now commits her practice to exposing and educating audiences and clients on the effects of toxins found in our daily environment and eating healthier to stay younger looking and have a more energetic, optimum lifestyle. Nancy is an expert in diabetes, heart disease and cancer diets.

Nancy walks her talk, living a balanced life: mind, body, and spirit. “I love working with people who have that ah-ha moment, realizing their health is their greatest asset. It’s exhilarating to assist my clients in developing wellness, balance, and harmony in all aspects of their lives.” Always enthusiastic about helping others achieve a vibrant, sustainable, healthful way of living, Nancy teaches healthful living, cooking, and raw food cuisine preparation, as well as organic gardening.

Oct 12, 2015


Kyle Knappenberger is the Director of Applications at EnviroKlenz of Fort Myers, FL. Kyle holds a Bachelors of Sciences degree in microbiology from Kansas State University. He earned his degree while researching and testing water purification techniques. For over a decade Kyle has been working on using safe technology for odor control and toxic chemical elimination. Kyle joined Timilon in 2013 when they acquired the technology behind EnviroKlenz®. He has been involved in several key product development programs related to indoor air quality and individuals dealing with multi chemical sensitivity. Kyle co-holds six patents related to the mitigation of chemical and biological contamination

 Things we talked about in our first segment:

  1. Chemicals around the home and chemical triggers for individuals dealing with MCS
  2. Steps and ways people can minimize chemical pollution and various triggers 

In our second segment we discussed:

  1. EnviroKlenz''s work with MCS individuals
  2. Kyle shares stories of what he has heard and experienced from MCS individuals 

In our last segment we talk about EnviroKlenz products and how they can make a difference in your home.  If you'd like to learn more about their products you can visit their web site at:


Sep 29, 2015

Just one day after the US Department of Labor published updates to federal classifications clarifying its definitions of employees versus independent contractors, one key player in the new “gig economy” bows out. HomeJoy, a click-to-consume app-driven company that pairs house cleaning providers with consumers in need, conceded its bid to revolutionize the home services industry in a press release issued July 17th, saying the outfit will shutter operations effective July 31. The quick exit is seen by cleaning industry insiders as a harbinger of more backlash against companies that outsource home services to contract laborers. These companies sub-contract their work, usually to individuals, in an effort to control expenses and maximize shareholder earnings. The problem is, this model thrives at the expense of the worker and the consumer. A new infographic sponsored by national housecleaning service Maid Brigade illustrates the 5 biggest pitfalls a consumer faces when hiring a house cleaning company that sends independent contractors to do the work.

When Injury Occurs

HomeJoy and other companies using contract labor are able to avoid many large expenses required of companies with true employees on the payroll, most notably worker’s comp insurance. It is assumed that the contractor maintains his or her own policies however in reality many contract workers forego such a major expense, instead gambling against the odds of injury on the job. “In the unfortunate event that injury does occur, contract cleaning workers may seek (and get) medical reimbursement from the owners of the home they were cleaning when the injury took place,” warns Bart Puett, president of Maid Brigade.

Tax Liability

Homeowners may also be liable for Social Security, Medicare and unemployment taxes and penalties for the contract workers who do not make accurate and timely payments to the IRS each quarter themselves. Since the contract worker is not employed by the housecleaning company that dispatched them, the IRS may deem that the homeowner is the employer of that cleaner and therefore responsible for these taxes. The risk of finding a surprise tax bill in the mailbox is slim for most consumers who have cleaning help but the fees and penalties can be costly, not to mention the professional and social stigma that accompanies real or perceived tax evasion.

Don’t Get Taken to the Cleaners

Ernie Hartong, CEO of the Association for Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI), advises homeowners seeking help with house cleaning to do their homework. “Homeowners should do their due diligence before hiring a house cleaner or professional cleaning service. To avoid the pitfalls that can occur when someone is working in your home, ask to see a copy of the company’s business license and insurance policy before hiring,” cautions Hartong. “A professional company should gladly provide these to any consumer who asks.”

Maid Brigade is the only house cleaning service that is Green Clean Certified® with more than 400 franchise service areas in the United States and Canada. A leader in house cleaning since 1985, Maid Brigade is the green cleaning industry leader and has a longstanding legacy of providing quality customer service and consistent and thorough cleaning using the most advanced techniques and equipment. The company has also implemented a consumer advocacy program in response to reports from the Environmental Protection Agency linking chemicals in traditional cleaning products to a wide range of health risks. All Maid Brigade cleaning professionals are employees of the company not independent contractors. Maid Brigade is  member of ARCSI.

Sep 29, 2015

JJ Flizanes is an Empowerment Strategist. She is the Director of Invisible Fitness, an Amazon best-selling author of Fit 2 Love: How to Get Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually Fit to Attract the Love of Your Life, and author of Knack Absolute Abs: Routines for a Fit and Firm Core. She was named Best Personal Trainer in Los Angeles for 2007 by Elite Traveler Magazine.  

JJ vividly reminds us that the word ‘fitness’ is not just about the state of one’s physical body, but also the factors which determine a person’s overall wellbeing.

And, for JJ, the key components in all these areas are ‘invisible’ — balanced support structures of nutrition, emotional centeredness and health. A favorite of journalists and the media for her depth of knowledge and vibrant personality, JJ, a contributing expert for Get Active Magazine, has also been featured in many national magazines, including Shape, Fitness, Muscle and Fitness HERS, Elegant Bride, and Women’s Health as well as appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox 11 and KTLA.

J.J.'s book, Fit 2 Love is an intriguing combination of fitness expertise with matters of the heart from acclaimed celebrity fitness trainer JJ Flizanes. Through her own personal quest for love and case studies of other men and women who have successfully implemented her fitness for love program, the author supports her position that one must love and care for themselves before they can attract a reciprocating love. Fit 2 Love also includes a four-week plan that is an easy exercise, nutrition, and self-care process that will guide readers to transform the relationship they have with themselves, their body, and others.

J.J. is offering our listeners a free copy of her ebook. Just go to this link:

You can also click on the book on the home page too
There were also three TV shows we discussed with Lynne Forrest:


Sep 25, 2015

Do Beekeeping - The secret to happy honeybees Orren Fox

Honey. Drizzled over a slice of fresh bread… or eaten directly from the spoon… is one of life’s great pleasures. And with beehives springing up on urban rooftops, in next door’s back garden – even schemes for adopting bees or renting hives – becoming a honey producer seems… possible. So how easy is it and what’s involved?

By sharing the journey of 18-year-old beekeeper Orren Fox – who clearly remembers what it’s like to be a rookie – you’ll discover that keeping your own honeybees is easier than you think. Find out:

  • How and where to set up your hive
  • The tools and equipment you need to get started
  • The job of inspecting the hive
  • How and when to harvest your honey

With delicious honey-based recipes shared by talented and resourceful chefs and cooks, including Honey & Co., you’ll learn all about bees and their inspiring world of work and honey production. And may even be tempted to buy your first bee suit.


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Do Beekeeping by Orren Fox

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Sep 15, 2015

It may seem counter-intuitive, but to keep many annuals and perennials blooming all summer long, you have to cut off the blooms as they are waning or spent. It’s called dead-heading but it doesn’t require tie-dye T-shirts, illicit drugs or trippy music.  Many summer bloomers flourish with this technique so it’s something you should practice regularly.

Dead-heading is the act of removing spent blooms (and a portion of the supporting stem) periodically during the summer season. We do it to trick the plant into producing more blooms.

WHY IT WORKS: Like all life forms, a plant’s main objective in life is to procreate – to perpetuate the species.  Flower blooms precede seed maturation and dissemination. If a bloom is removed before the seed is ready to be released from the plant, the flower will believe it has not achieved its main objective and it will produce another bloom.

HOW IT WORKS:  Dead-heading is best done while weeding, this way you can be more time efficient in the garden.  As you are working through your garden pulling weeds, take a few extra moments to remove spent or waning blooms.  Simply removing the bloom will create that “Morticia Adams” effect, where the remaining flower stem seems beheaded. Instead, grab the bloom between your thumb and index finger, slide these fingers down the stem until you come to a junction where the larger stem branches off.  Snap, break or cut the stem just above this junction. In just a few days the plant will have produced a new shoot in that spot, or another bloom somewhere on the plant. Regular dead-heading promotes more profuse blooming, without added water or fertilizer.

Some summer flowering plants that benefit from dead-heading are petunias, canna lilies, roses (but use gloves and don’t slide your fingers down the stem), coreopsis, Shasta daisies, African daisies, Gerber daisies, Echinacea, geraniums and yes, even scarlet begonias.

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Sep 11, 2015

Back To School – Air Quality And Your Child’s Health

David Frome, Physical Therapist, Advanced Rolfer and Five Element Acupuncturist is the owner of The Frome Center For Physical Therapy, a holistic health center and The Air Cleaner Store.  He is a recognized leader in the field of environmental health in the tri-state region.

David has made a career of helping people to recover from chronic and difficult environmental illness including multiple chemical sensitivities, ADHD, allergies and asthma.

It’s that time of year!  Children return to the home and spend more time indoors.  Parents take their kids shopping for clothes and school supplies.  As summer closes, our children return to school. How does this transition affect your child’s health?

Many children are unaffected, but for some, allergies and environmental sensitivities kick up.  That can mean an increase in respiratory problems including allergies and asthma.  It can also lead to emotional and learning problems, all due to poor indoor air quality.

Does your child have environmental illness?  Do the problems stem from the home, the stores or the classroom? How can you figure out what allergen or chemical is causing your child to be sick? What can you do to improve the air quality and improve your child’s health?

We move indoors into our homes as temperatures drop.

Does your child have an environmental health challenge?   What are the signs and symptoms?

The culprits at home, the mall and the classroom.

Cleaning products, formaldehyde in clothing, construction materials, new carpeting and mold.  Pollen, pet dander, dust mites.


What you can do about it.

What makes a good air cleaner?

Are ionic and ozone generating machines safe?

Why do you only offer Austin Air cleaners?

To Learn More:

Webinar Saturday, September 12 at noon

It’s that time of year! As your children head back to school, it’s important be keep an eye on their health. Does your child respond well to the indoor air quality at school? Environmental illness is a growing concern. Cleaning products, construction adhesives, paints, carpeting and molds can create a host of problems including allergies, asthma, behavioral problems, ADHD and depression. How do you know if your child has environmental illness? How can you learn what’s causing the problem? What can you do to improve the school environment and help your child thrive?

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Sep 8, 2015

The hot weather has arrived and BBQ’s are grilling great smelling foods all over, from beaches to ballparks to backyards.  I have to admit, I am one of those people that love to grill.  As soon as the weather gets warm, the grill gets fired up and our outdoor cooking season begins.  Cooking on the grill is a “win-win” situation for us.  Our kitchens stays clean and our food tastes great.


But have you ever wondered while enjoying your scrumptious food under the blazing sun, that there might be some dangers of eating food from the BBQ and whether or not the grills are being cleaned safely.


“Is there a connection between foods cooked on the grill and cancer?”  Yes.  When foods are cooked at a high temperature, or foods come in contact with the flames of the grill, certain carcinogenic compounds can form.  The compounds, called Heterocyclic Amines and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, are formed when food falls into the flame and causes smoke, or when fats are heated to high temperatures. That is why it is important to choose lean meat, fish, and poultry and low fat vegetables when grilling.  Remember to trim off the excess fat before cooking.


When it comes to marinating foods before grilling, there are certain ingredients used for marinating that may affect carcinogens.


Studies have shown in the past that using lemon juice and olive oil to marinate foods lessens the formation of cancer causing compounds by 99 percent while cooking.  Lemon juice and olive oil based marinates keep foods flavorful, tenderized, and moist.  Herbs like sage, thyme, oregano, mint rosemary and thyme work wonders in reducing Heterocyclic Amines.


As far as cooking vegetables on the BBQ, avoid overcooking them.  Overcooking breaks down the vitamins in the veggies.  Refrain from eating the burned veggies.


Another major factor in reducing carcinogens on the “barbi” is by making sure your grill is cleaned before and after cooking.  Not only does food taste better when it is cooked on a clean grill, but the burnt food parts that sometimes stick to the grill plates can cause free radical formation, which has been shown to cause tissue damage and premature aging.


Using a mixture of baking soda and warm, soapy water can clean the grill plates. 


Grill cleanings only need to be done once or twice a month, unless you use your grill daily.

Aug 25, 2015

The summer edition of Clean Green Living Magazine has some great articles. In this show we interview the authors of two of those articles.  We get quick tips from speed cleaning expert, Debbie Sardone as she as she teaches us how to clean quickly, so you can spend quality time enjoying the nice weather. We also interview Jennifer Reichert who shows us how to make a simple DIY hair mask that leaves your hair silky smooth. 

You can see both articles at  Debbie Sardone is a nationally respected speed cleaning expert. She shares her tips and tricks on how to clean your home quickly.  These are unique ideas that help you can have a clean house and get you outside and enjoy the nice weather.

Jennifer tells us the story behind how she learned this simple trick to beautiful, shiny hair. By being observant and bold enough to ask and she ended up with this DIY hair mask for her hair.

We know you will enjoy this show and you can look forward to more interviews from other writers from this issue. This a the perfect way to hear directly from the authors that have contributed to the magazine.


Aug 21, 2015
Learn simple organic tips and tricks from educator and podcaster, Jackie Beyer.  Jackie started the Organic Gardener Podcast to promote earth friendly gardening. She has learned a lot from the experts she's interviewed on her show. Now we can learn from her.
Jackie herself is an organic "flower farmer". She enjoys the flowers while her husband handles the acres of organic vegetables. Living in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains gives Jackie some interesting weather patterns and some watering problems. Since they have drilled a new well, watering time is cut down 60%.
Jackie shared her recipe for Squash Flower Recipe:
Pick fresh squash/zuccini/pumpkin flowers. You need to be gentil. Wash them and dry softly with a paper towel. Make a flour and water batter that is kink of runny, about the consistency of pancake batter - but just a touch thinner.  Start with a 1/2 cup of flour and slowly add water. Dip the flowers in the batter and saute in olive oil until they are crisp. Lay them on a paper towel until they are cool enough to eat. Enjoy right away.
Jackie also shared her favorite gardening book - The Flower Farmer, An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers by Lynn Byczynski  You can find the book at this link. The Flower Farmer Book
Jackie has a secret recipe to repell spiders from her home. Just mix peppermint essential oil or extract for cooking in a spray bottle with water and spray window screens, cracks and door jambs.
Jackie can be reached at and her web site is
Aug 5, 2015

Mark Dillon is the founder and podcast host of Organize Mindfully. Mark has always enjoyed organization and putting things in order. For the past decade he has been the facilities manager for the largest and oldest mindfulness meditation retreat centers in the west.

In this show we talk about bringing focus to everything we do including clean and organizing. Mark is in the process of writing a book - Organize Mindfully - 7 Steps to Create and Maintain Order in Your Life, and we talk about three of these steps.

We also discuss how to approach an organizing project. Keeping yourself mindful of your objective can help you achieve your organizing goals.  Mark uses the example of organizing a bookcase and how you should keep yourself in the moment so you can really organize the bookcase the way you need it to work best for you.

We also discuss some tips on reusing, recycling and repurposing for a greener organizing experience.

Things we discuss in this show:

Organize Mindfully - the website:

The Container Store:


Jul 22, 2015

Everyone likes to kill any pests or insects they encounter, but today we thought we would tell you ways to repel the insects, so you don't even have to deal with them.  We talk about some common myths and we tell you what really works.

Jul 16, 2015
How do you purchase the right vacuum for your home. There are some questions you need to answer before you start looking. Some questions are about your personality and some are about the type of home you have. Once you have the answer to these questions you can start looking for a good vacuum. A […]
Jul 9, 2015
Janet Morgenstern Passani is a brand marketing expert specializing in launching and growing healthy, natural lifestyle products and services. She owns her own company called Jute Marketing. As a strategic marketer with a creative twist, she has led marketing departments and worked with major U.S. and international companies including Stride Rite footwear, Smartfood popcorn (which […]
Jul 2, 2015
Eating Well With Marye Audet from Restless Chipotle Today we are talking about “eating well” with Marye Audet who is from North Texas and loves to share scratch recipes from her vintage cookbook collection and family recipes on her blog, Restless Chipotle. She is a mom of eight and “gramma” to three. She is a […]
Jun 17, 2015
Looking for ways to relieve inflammation and other inflammation related issues in your body? Chiropractic manipulation may be the answer. Join Leslie Reichert and Marie Stegner, the consumer health advocate for Maid Brigade, as they interview Jessica Roan from Chiropractic Health Center of Whitinsville Ma. Jessica works to help people with “whole body” treatments. Learn […]
Jun 16, 2015
What are essential oils, what are their properties and how do you use them around your home? Essential oils have healing, protecting disinfecting properties that we all should know more about. Join Leslie and Marie as they interview Lisa Reed; owner of The Natural Momma and essential oil wellness advocate that travels the country teaching […]
Jun 9, 2015
Leslie and Marie interview the co-founder of The Santa Cruz Challenge, LeTa Jussila, who’s vision is  Restoring Connection, Community and Inspiration through Leadership: A 12-week integrative and holistic health and fitness experience that changes lives. It is the mission of the Santa Cruz Challenge to promote health and sustainability of individuals through education and empowerment that: […]
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