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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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Sep 5, 2017

It's amazing to think that in the past two years we have gone from a few listeners to 400,000!  So to celebrate this milestone, I picked snippets of the four top shows to share with you. These are not my favorites, but yours. These four shows have the most listens of all of my shows. Sit back, listen and enjoy!  And thanks so much for listening. 

Whole 30 with Melissa Hartwig  Show #117

Environmental Illnesses with David Frome Show #56

Real Food with Nina Plack  Show #65

Trash Is For Tossers with Lauren Singer  Show #11

 

This show is sponsored by Maid Brigade.

 www.maidbrigde.com

 

 

Jul 25, 2017

Cleaning the stovetop, oven and microwave

This article can be seen at www.maidbrigade.com/blog

Your oven has been called the “heart” of the kitchen. You prepare every meal on the stovetop or inside the oven itself. Your stove and oven get lot of use AND abuse. Spills dry, harden and burn onto their surfaces. Let’s look at a few ways we can clean them as well as prevent spills and messes on your stovetop, microwave and oven.

Tips for your stove top

Spills should be wiped up as soon as they happen, but the burners have to cool down before you can wipe the stovetop. Because you need to wait for it to cool, the spills to continue to burn onto the cooktop. Start by letting the stovetop cool completely before trying to clean it. Use a wet microfiber cloth and wipe off large debris. Fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and spray the entire stovetop with straight vinegar. Let the vinegar sit on the stovetop for a few minutes. Vinegar is a natural acid and the longer you let it sit on the surface, the better the acid work on the buildup. Wipe the area again with the microfiber cloth that’s been rinsed with very hot water. If there are still some stubborn spots, respray the area with vinegar and then sprinkle the area with baking soda. Use a scrubby sponge that is designed to be used on non-stick surfaces and scrub the areas in a circular motion. I recommend using a Skoy Scrub and also an Xtreme Sponge.  The sponge will start to turn brown as the buildup is removed. Rinse and repeat the process until the entire stovetop is completely clean. Finish with a gentle glass cleaner and a fine woven microfiber cloth to leave the stove top with a nice shine.

If you have a glass topped stove, there is a great little tool that will help keep the cook top looking great. It’s a flat-edged razor. The razor will remove burnt on spots with a quick pass. You can also use the razor with a combination of baking soda and vinegar to remove buildup. Make sure the razor is very sharp and is always used at a 45-degree angle to the stovetop.

If you have a gas stove, be very careful when cleaning around the area over the pilot light. This area is extremely warm and if you spray a cleaner directly on the area, it can damage the finish. Also, if you are using harsh chemicals the heat will turn it to steam and off gas fumes into the air.

Tips for your oven

One great tip to prevent spills from getting to the floor of your oven is to use something to catch and keep spills off of the oven floor. You can use aluminum foil and place it under the pan you are using. Don’t place the foil directly on the oven floor as it may actually stick to the surface. Instead, use foil on the rack underneath the one you are using or around the pan that is cooking on the rack. This will let the air continue to circulate in the oven and bake evenly. You can also use a cookie sheet as long as it’s larger that the pan you are baking. An oven liner is designed specifically for preventing spills. The oven liner is not affected by the heat, but some manufactures recommend not using around birds – which means they are off-gassing. You need to check with the manufacturer of your oven before using an oven liner so you don’t damage the oven floor or restrict the air flow in the oven its self.

Self-cleaning ovens should never be cleaned with a chemical cleaner. The finish is designed specifically to have the debris fall off once the oven is heated to 500 degrees. If you use a chemical on the finish, it will damage those properties. You can wipe the finish with a damp microfiber cloth after the oven has run through the self-cleaning cycle and has cooled completely. You can also spot wash spills with a damp microfiber cloth.

Ovens without a self-cleaning option can be cleaned by mixing up a paste of baking soda and water and “painted” on the walls and floor of the over. Fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and spray all the surfaces. You will see the baking soda start to foam up. Continue to spray the oven every 15 minutes for an hour. Then let this mixture sit on the oven surfaces overnight. The next morning all you will need to do is wipe the entire oven down with a wet microfiber cloth. The reaction between the baking soda and the vinegar will lift everything off the oven walls and base. It also will leave the oven clean without any residue that could be dangerous to your family. Regular oven cleaners are very toxic and if they aren’t completely rinsed from the oven can penetrate your food and seep into your air. By using vinegar and baking soda you are using the science of natural cleaners that won’t hurt anyone.

Tips for your microwave

Microwaves should wiped thoroughly after each use. But not everyone that uses the microwave wipes it out after they use it. Instead, leftover spills and spatters get microwaved onto its surface. A quick tip for cleaning the inside of the microwave is to place a cup of water and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a microwaveable container in the microwave. Microwave this mixture for 1 to 2 minutes until it boils and steams up the inside of the microwave. The lemon juice is a natural acid and it will adhere to the spills on the walls of the microwave and work to loosen them while the microwave is cooling. Once it’s completely cool, use a damp microfiber cloth and wipe the inside surfaces. All of the debris will wipe off and the microwave will be sparkling clean with no residual chemicals to have to rinse off.

Mentioned in the podcast:

Green Clean Starter kit

Barnes & Noble NE Tour

Charlie's Soap

 

  This episode is sponsored by Maid Brigade

 

 

 

 

Jul 12, 2017

I recently wrote a blog article for Maid Brigade on how to clean your gas grill. Since I had so many questions about this simple task, I decided to do a podcast on it as well. You can read the complete blog post at MaidBrigade.com/blog

 

The first warm evening of spring makes me want to crack open the grill and put on some steaks.  But you don’t want to use the grill unless you’ve taken the time to clean it first – squirrels and mice often use grills as a place to hibernate in the winter. And then there’s all that burnt-on yuck that over-wintered there for months. So make sure it’s been cleaned and prepped before the first use of the season. All you need is 30 minutes to clean the gas grill.

Items you will need:

  • Grill brush
  • Dish soap
  • Large utility bucket
  • Foil
  • Leaf blower
  • Disposable rags
  • Spray bottle of distilled white vinegar
  • Scrubby sponge
  • Apron
  • Old T shirt

Read more at https://www.maidbrigade.com/blog/how-to-clean-the-gas-grill/

This podcast is sponsored by MaidBrigade.com

Jul 4, 2017

 

Finally, it’s the official start of summer which means that our pools are starting to warm up enough for us to enjoy splashing around in the water. It also means that we need to pull out our swimming suits to see how they fared through the winter. It never fails that when you go to try on your favorite suit you hear that crunching noise from the elastic and the fabric doesn’t seem to be as stretchy as it was the year before. Without the right care, even a high quality swimsuit may not make it through one swimming season. Here are some do’s and don’ts for caring for your swimwear.

You can download the do's and don'ts at this link.

 https://greencleaningcoach.lpages.co/show-notes-148-bathing-suit-care/

or

You can read the article on www.maidbrigade.com/blog

 

This show is sponsored by Maid Brigade

Jun 27, 2017

Join Jill Sullivan and I as we talk about how I got started becoming a Green Cleaning expert and ways that you can make your home less toxic. Jill is a great interviewer and I'm sure she's asking me the same questions you'd like answered so you can learn more about living a toxic free life.  We talked about the science of microfiber and how simple products in your pantry can clean and why. I also shared some tips for keeping yourself and your pets free from ticks. You can get the recipe for my tick repellent at this link. https://greencleaningcoach.lpages.co/diy-tick-repellent/

This show is sponsored by

Maid Brigade

Jun 20, 2017

I was recently asked to look at Martha Stewart’s Summertime cleaning list of things that need to be cleaned. I had to say that I don't even clean these things in the summer. So I went through her list and made some “suggestions” so you don’t have to spend as much time cleaning this summer. Some would call these hacks - other are suggestions.  When the weather is nice, I recommend just cleaning what’s dirty and saving those big projects for the fall. Unless you have a cold rainy day with nothing better to do. Summer is not a time to clean – It’s a time to get outside and enjoy!

Martha's list in the bathrooms: □ Discard expired cosmetics, beauty products, and medications.

Leslie - A quick way to realize what you use is to use a travel makeup bag and pack it as if you were traveling. Use what is in the bag every day and see if you feel like you are missing something. At the end of the summer, go through the rest of your makeup and purge those items you never touched all summer.

Martha's list in the Bedrooms: □ Launder or dry-clean blankets. □ Replace cool-weather bedding with warm-weather bedding.

Leslie - Place blankets in a vacuum sealed bag and put them away until fall. You can launder them  when you take them out.

Martha's list in the closets: □ Reorganize closets, giving away unwanted items. □ Replace cool-weather clothing with warm-weather clothing.  

Leslie - Place a plastic tub in your closet and place warm weather items in there as you have time.  Do the reverse with a container holding your summer clothes. Anything that doesn’t come out of the summer container by the end of the summer gets given away.

Martha's list in the home office: □ Clean out files. □ Review and update insurance policies, contracts, and household inventories.  

Leslie - These items are great things to do on a snow day. Don’t waste a beautiful summer day worrying about them.

Martha's list in the kitchen: □ Vacuum refrigerator grill and coil. □ Wipe the inside of the freezer.

Leslie - Spot wash your frig as it needs it. Use plasticware and paper plates for outside dining. You’ll won’t have to spend as much time cleaning up.

Martha's list in the living room: □ Rotate heavy curtains, rugs, and throws for lightweight ones.  

Leslie - Instead just pop the curtains into the dryer and leave on a light toss for 10-15 minutes. That will knock the dust off and you won’t have to go through washing, drying and ironing.

Martha's list in the outdoor spaces: □ Clean gutters. □ Scrub outdoor furniture, umbrellas, and awnings. □ Scrub porch ceilings and walls. □ Scrubs porch floors, decks, patios, the driveway, and walkways. □ Wash light-fixture covers.

Leslie - Get yourself an electric blower and a power washer. These two things can help you clean your outdoor space easily without scrubbing or brushing. Use the blower to remove dirt and debris from your patio, deck and even the sides of your house. The power washer will clean off your outdoor furniture, fences and light fixtures.

Martha's list in the utility spaces: □ Clean the attic and basement, giving away or discarding unwanted items. □ Remove lint from the hose attached to the back of the clothes dryer. □ Vacuum and mop attic and basement floors.

Leslie - Focus on the dryer vent and the garage. These two things can’t be cleaned in cold weather correctly so focus on them in the summer. The dryer vent can be cleaned with a special dryer vent tool that goes inside the piping and pulls out the buildup. Clean the garage by putting everything out in the driveway and using a blower to clean out all the buildup from the winter months. Forget the broom – just blow it out.

Martha's list throughout the house: □ Dry-clean non-machine-washable window treatments. □ Dust radiators. □ Launder machine-washable window treatments. □ Oil window and door hinges. □ Polish metal door and window hardware. □ Remove, wash, and store storm windows. □ Reseal stone surfaces. □ Reseal grout. □ Send area rugs without backings out for professional cleaning. □ Shampoo wall-to-wall carpets and area rugs with backings. □ Steam-clean upholstery.□ Strip and rewax vinyl and linoleum floors. □ Take books off shelves; dust shelves and books. □ Vacuum and wipe walls and ceilings. □ Wash windows and window screens. □ Wax wood furniture. □ Wax wood, stone, concrete, brick, and unglazed tile floors.

Leslie -  This entire list can be done in the fall except for cleaning your windows and screens. Instead of removing and washing screens, just wipe them with a large looped microfiber cloth. The microfiber will capture the dust on the screen and make it look as clean as if you washed it.

For more tips, tricks and techniques join Leslie's email list at www.greencleaningcoach.com

This episode is sponsored by

Maid Brigade

Jun 9, 2017

Welcome to "Ask Leslie". I've been getting bombarded with questions (which I love) and I thought I'd share the questions and the answers with you on this show.

Question 1 How do you get burnt on food off a non-stick pan?

These are two tools you will need:

Xtreme Sponge

Green Clean Starter Kit

I start with baking soda and work my way up to more aggressive products. You can also try my green cleaning scrub recipe:  

Green Cleaning Scrub

1 cup baking soda

1 cup oxygen bleach or borax

1 cup table salt

10 drops essential oils

Mix the dry ingredients together and then add the essential oils. Mix thoroughly and place in an airtight container.

 

Question 2 What are some ways to keep my home cooler this summer? I want to "summer-ize" my home in a green way.

  • Open you windows at night to let the cool air in. Close them in the morning before the temperature starts to rise
  • Keep curtains closed so the sunlight does not warm up the temperature inside. You can use reflective curtains to help keep the heat out, just like we use in the winter to keep the heat in.
  • If you are using an air conditioner, keep the temperature set at a comfortable temperature and leave it there. You spend more energy turning it off and on as the air conditioner has to work harder to cool the room down once it's heated up.
  • Try keeping doors closed to rooms that don't need to be air conditioned. 
  • Use room fans to keep the cool air circulating. Some rooms stay cooler than others, but by placing a fan in the doorway you can move the cool air to another room.
  • Use a dehumidifier in rooms other than the basement. An air conditioner is partly a dehumidifier, so by using one in the upstairs rooms, the air will feel cooler. 
  • Install ceiling fans in all your rooms if you can.
  • Wear cool clothing made from cotton or other light fabrics. 
  • Don't use the stove or oven during the day. Plan meals so that you can cook them when it's cool. Use your grill outside when you want to make some thing hot. The stove and oven will heat up the kitchen and make it hard to get cool again.
  • Switch out your light bulbs so that they are not producing heat when they are on. 
  • Switch your bedding to a nice fabric like cotton to absorb sweat and keep your body cool at night. Use a pillow that does not contain foam, but instead is make of buckwheat or bamboo. There are also some new "cool-gel" pillows designed to keep you cool at night. Some people even spray their sheet with a light mist of iced water scented with lavender to keep them cool while sleeping.
  • Drink lots of ice water during the day. The ice will work to keep your body temperature lower and keep you cooler.  

Find Leslie and her tips at www.greencleaningcoach.com

Join the conversation at www.cleangreenlivingcommunity.com

 

May 30, 2017

If you are looking to start "greening" up your home, one the best places to start is in your laundry room. That's right, with just a few ideas we can remove thousands of chemicals that your family is being exposed to. 

Do you have skin issues in your family? Start by switching out your laundry detergent with an old fashioned laundry SOAP. The science of laundry detergent is the deter-gent is a chemical that is something that is put into the fabric of your clothing during the wash cycle and is left there to "deter" dirt and oils from getting to the fabric. It acts like a shield to protect your clothing from the dirt and grime. Detergent acts like a shield against dirt, but also lays on your skin for 24 hours and after awhile your body starts to react with rashes and irritations. Most allergists don't even understand the science of detergent and how it works. That's why they never even ask you to try switching to a soap. Laundry soap works differently. It goes into your clothing and wraps itself around the dirt and oils and pulls them out of the clothing. It works differently, but the best  part is that it totally rinses out of your clothing, leaving them clean and free from chemicals.  In this episode I'm sharing my Great-grandmothers laundry soap recipe with you along with a DIY fabric softener and even some DIY dryer sheets. You can download a free PDF of the recipes here.

 

This show is sponsored by 

May 16, 2017

Going natural with your weed killer

In this podcast we are going to talk about some tips that block the weed seeds as well as make up a DIY weed killer.

Here are some tips on preventing weeds in your yard: 

  • Let your grass grow longer – prevents the seeds from getting to the dirt and germinating.
  • Use landscaping fabric or newspaper to block the seeds
  • Try pine bark mulch to stop those seeds. Use a good two inches of mulch to prevent the weeds.

Here are some tips on weed removal:

  • PULL THEM – It’s old fashioned but it does work! Buy a nice weed puller to help with the chore.
  • Boiling water – Use a pot of boiling water on the weeds.
  • DIY Weed Killer If you'd like a copy of my DIY weed killer, just click here and I'll give you a downloadable PDF with some tips and the recipe!

 

 

Other things you can try

Lemon juice – Lemon Juice is also a natural acid, just like vinegar and will work to kill weeds if sprayed on them. I don’t use lemon juice in my recipe as it’s much more expensive and vinegar is cheaper and you get much more for the same price.

Rubbing alcohol – Alcohol will work to burn the weeds too. You could add a ½ to the recipe if you like.

Corn Meal – Corn Meal works like the salt to pull the water out of the weed. It also works to suffocate it from the sun and the air. I’m not going to recommend it as it will leave your garden covered in a white powder and will need to be mulched into the soil.

Torching – This is a convenient way to remove weeds from a patio or drive way with cracks or seams. It doesn’t kill the root system. You could start with a torch to kill the weed and add the vinegar mixture afterward to kill the root system.

 

This podcast is sponsored by:

Maid Brigade

Consistent, Caring, Committed.

Expect more than clean. 

May 9, 2017

Today, I'm interviewing Alison Grimes from the Mesothelioma Asbestos Awareness Center. 

What is Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. Caused primarily by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, mesothelioma is most commonly diagnosed in older individuals who worked with asbestos in an industrial setting. Prognosis for mesothelioma is poor, but early detection and newer treatment methods have given many patients hope for survival.

Causes of Mesothelioma

Asbestos is the only confirmed cause of mesothelioma. When inhaled or ingested, asbestos fibers lodge in pleural tissue of the lungs, heart, or abdomen, causing inflammation and scar tissue that can eventually lead to tumors.

Key Points about Causes of Mesothelioma

  • The only proven cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure.
  • Work history, duration of exposure, and type of asbestos increase the risk of developing mesothelioma
  • Men over the age of 65 who worked in the military are most at risk.

When asbestos is disturbed, the fibers become airborne and may be swallowed or inhaled, eventually becoming lodged in the delicate lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. The fibers cause irritation and scarring, which can mutate, inhibiting the body’s natural cancer defenses. Eventually this scar tissue may develop into tumorous growths.

Symptoms of mesothelioma may appear anywhere from 10 – 50 years after exposure. While the connection between asbestos and deadly lung diseases was known prior to the 1900s in asbestos mine workers, it wasn’t until the 1960s that an official study linked asbestos exposure with incidents of mesothelioma and other related diseases.

You can get a free reference guide at this link.

May 2, 2017

It's tick season here in New England and I've heard it's going to be one of the worse ones ever. Everyone is asking about ways to repel them without using chemicals.  In this episode we talk about ways to repel and remove ticks from your home and your body.

Did you know?

Ticks feed on mice while they are small. So removing mice from your home will get rid of the ticks too.

Ticks are arachnids and are smaller than a period on this page. Make sure you can identify a tick.

Ticks carry more than just Lyme's Disease. They are carriers of numerous different diseases and bacteria.

Nymphs are baby ticks that usually can't get any higher than your ankles. Make sure to wear white socks that are tucked in. Once they get on you they can crawl anywhere.

Ticks don't latch on immediately. They look for thinner skin that they can penetrate such as behind your ears or on your scalp.

If you've been outside, take a shower right away and check and scrub everywhere!

Ticks like humid areas so if you keep your lawn manicured they will likely move to a woodsy area.  You can edge your yard with mulch or gravel to create a buffer between the lawn and wooded areas.

Make up a DIY Tick Repellant. You can download the recipe here.

     

Apr 25, 2017

The Project Pawsitive Foundation is a team of excited (maybe even hyper!), enthusiastic, and caring friends in the construction and business industries who love to surprise deserving animal rescues in need of great repair with amazing facility renovations.

Renovations are filmed to take viewers on the team’s quest and get a first-hand look at why so many rescues are in desperate need of help, the importance of animal adoption, and how to prevent animal cruelty.

Whether you are a volunteer at a local shelter, or someone who has rescued many animals, you know how important a rescue shelter is in saving the lives of innocent animals. There are literally thousands of animal shelters around the country working tirelessly to save and rescue millions of animals each year. The financial burden it leaves on many facilities is devastating. Crumbling foundations, leaking roofs, frozen waterlines, and rusted kennels lead to increased stress on the animals and lowered adoption rates because people think it’s simply too sad to visit a place in ruins. Together, we can rebuild these terrible tragedies.

Through the eight years Project Pawsitive has been in service to the animal community, they have significantly increased adoption rates by over 50% in some cases and reduced euthanasia rates by over 60% in others. They’ve created an atmosphere that fosters reduced stress on the rescues and increases morale around the entire facility. These renovations are not about making a beautiful transformation, they are about changing the stigma about shelters and creating an environment that makes the rescue animals more adoptable.

Their mission goes nowhere without your support. You can become a member of The Pawsitive Club by donating $10 a month. They have a goal to renovate four amazing shelters in 2017 and get thousands more beautifully-innocent animals adopted!

You can visit their web site at www.projectpawsitive.org 

 

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This podcast is sponsored by Maid Brigade

 

 

Apr 13, 2017

After years of prosecuting hard-core criminals, rising legal star Alan Bell took a private sector job in South Florida’s newest skyscraper. Suddenly, he suffered such bizarre medical symptoms, doctors suspected he’d been poisoned by the Mafia. Bell’s rapidly declining health forced him to flee his glamorous Miami life to a sterile “bubble” in the remote Arizona desert.

As his career and marriage dissolved, Bell pursued medical treatments in a race against time, hoping to stay alive and raise his young daughter, his one desperate reason to keep going. He eventually discovered he wasn’t poisoned by a criminal, but by his office building. His search for a cure led him to discover the horrifying truth: his tragedy was just the tip of the iceberg. Millions of people fall ill and die each year because of toxic chemical exposures―without knowing they’re at risk.

Stunned by what he discovered, Bell chose to fight back, turning his plight into an opportunity. Despite his precarious health, he began collaborating with scientists dedicated to raising awareness about this issue. Soon, he also found himself drawn back into the legal field, teaming up with top lawyers fighting for those who had already fallen ill.

Both a riveting medical mystery and a cautionary tale, this book puts a human face on the hidden truths behind toxic dangers assaulting us in our everyday environments―and offers practical ways to protect ourselves and our children.

Allan is offering all of my listeners his 21 tips on keeping your home free from toxins - without a huge investment of money. Just like he stated in my interview, people are suffering from chemical sensitivities but don't have the budgets for some of the solutions. Download his 21 tips today and learn how you can detox your home.

You can follow Allan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alanbellauthor/ 

Twitter: @alan_poisoned

Instagram: alanbell_poisoned

Or on his website at www.alanbell.me where you can download a free chapter of his book, Poisoned

Today's podcast is sponsored by Maid Brigade. Having a shorter to-do list means getting more important stuff done and enjoying more quality time. But our lives are so busy these days that our to-do lists are only getting longer. This is the reason people choose Maid Brigade cleaning services

   

 

 

Apr 4, 2017

FreshBox Farms’ indoor hydroponic farms are bringing fresh produce closer to your home by breaking down the old barriers set by traditional farming. Their produce is delivered to stores within 24 hours of harvest; often in the same day. Growing indoors at their farm in Millis, Massachusetts, means their greens are always in-season, and are available FRESH all year-round.

FreshBox Farms’ greens are of the highest quality and grown purely, without ever using pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or any other chemicals. Their crops are never genetically modified and proudly verified by the Non-GMO Project.

FreshBox Farms’ greens are clean from seed to your kitchen! Most other greens are triple-washed in chemicals because they are grown in dirt, exposed to pollutants, and handled by many people as they are transported thousands of miles. In comparison, their products are grown in climate-controlled, clean, indoor environments and are handled using only the best practices to maintain their cleanliness.

FreshBox Farms Kosher Certified

Kosher Certified
Kosher Certified – All of the greens are certified as adhering to the highest Kosher standards by KVH Kosher, one of the top Kosher certification agencies in North America. This serves as a testament to the purity and integrity of the farm’s operation.

 

 

 

 

 

FreshBox Farms grows indoors by using Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) where their modern-day farmers provide the perfect temperature, humidity, and lighting for their crops to grow hydroponically. Because hydroponics allow the plant roots to sit directly in water to receive nutrients, they use 99% less water than field farming. Their indoor growing system allows them to grow vertically on shelves using a much smaller footprint; depending on the crop grown, one of their 320 square foot farms can yield as much as nineteen-acres of farmland.

Hydroponic Enclosures

All of their produce is grown hydroponically in specially outfitted enclosures. Each unit operates on its own as a fully sustainable farm with its environment carefully managed through mechanical and digital controls. This means year-round quality food production without the need to transport food cross-country. A clean growing environment also means no need for pesticides or herbicides.

Seedlings

Their seedlings start off as tiny little plants neatly contained in cork-sized blocks. They grow all of their seedlings themselves from carefully selected, non-GMO seeds. From there they are planted in a hydroponics system and nurtured, to grow to larger full sized plants for harvest.

Harvesting & Packaging

Each vegetable is harvested using their proprietary system, by their Harvest team, who wear gloves to prevent contamination. The produce is then packaged locally and shipped locally – ready to go on store shelves often within hours!

Local Stores That Carry Their Products

For more information - download this article to learn about hydroponics and the differences in growing techniques.

 

 

 

KVH Kosher Certified

Mar 28, 2017

Spring is here. The air is warmer, the sun is brighter and this motivates us to want to clear out the old and make everything fresh and new again. Here are three things you can do to get your home organized for spring.

1 Declutter The first and most important step in spring cleaning is to get rid of clutter. The less clutter you have, the easier it will be for you to clean and organize.

Whatever space you’re working in, you’ll want to start by sorting through everything and donate, recycle or toss any unused or unwanted items. Start with obvious junk like magazines and papers. Pay special attention to getting rid of anything past its prime by checking all expiration dates on canned goods, dry goods, medication, sunscreen and cosmetics. You will be surprised by how much is beyond the date and can move along, creating valuable space!

Getting rid of things can be a struggle for a lot of people. Make it easy on yourself and have trash and donation bags at the ready. Make sure you compile a list of local charities and what kind of donations they will accept.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while you’re decluttering. Be realistic about selling items. Is it really worth something? Will it be easy to sell? Will I get around to doing it (soon)? Ultimately, is it worth the time and effort? You can always donate the item instead.

Items for donation should be in good, usable condition. If it’s not, it should be recycled or tossed. Some donation locations will take stained, torn clothes for recycling.

Use Freecycle, craigslist, and local Facebook groups. These are a great way to sell or give away just about anything. You know what they say: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Get it out of the house! You also want to make sure you get sale and donation items out ASAP. Nothing is more deflating than working really hard to clear out and clean up a space and keeping a pile of bags or boxes stacked in a corner. Likewise, nothing is more rewarding and inspiring than getting everything out the door and seeing all of the space you’ve re-claimed.

2 Put your winter clothes away (and organize your closet while you’re at it)

Spring is here! We can finally put away those bulky, itchy winter coats and sweaters and break out the sandals and shorts. Use this opportunity to clean out your closets and de-clutter your wardrobe.

The first step is to sort through everything. Get rid of anything you haven’t worn all season, anything that doesn’t fit or anything that is worn out. This goes for shoes and accessories as well as clothing. Don’t take up valuable storage space holding on to something you’re not going to wear again next year.

For seasonal clothing storage, use clear plastic bins and label them well. To keep suits and dresses from getting wrinkled, store them on a clothing rack in fabric bags. For long-term storage, make sure clothes can breathe. Wash the garments and store them in a breathable container, such as a rattan trunk or fabric case. Add cedar blocks to keep clothing-eating critters away.

To keep your closet organized, try one or all of these solutions: Use matching hangers to create a visually consistent look (Huggable Hangers help maximize hanging space). Organize clothing by type and/or color. Install a few hooks on an empty closet wall to hang belts, umbrellas and handbags. Pick up a clear, over-the-door shoe bag for small accessories such as hosiery, scarves and jewelry.

Don't overstuff. Keep your closet and drawers 80% full, so you can see and access everything easily. To keep clutter at bay, live by the rule: one item in, one item out. Love what you own and only own what you love!

3 Identify your clutter hot-spots and make them work for you. Organizing means everything needs to have a place. When deciding where to put items, it’s best to start by identifying your clutter hot-spots. We all have areas in our home where clutter tends to collect. We walk in the house and drop our mail on the counter and it piles up right there. Instead of fighting the habit, just contain it where it is. Look at where clutter collects and set up ways to organize it. Place a decorative bowl where you usually drop your keys. If your coat closet is on the other side of the house, then hang hooks where you tend to walk in the door. If mail and papers pile up on your counters, place a nice box or basket there to contain them until you have a chance to go through it all. Having items contained also helps when you need to do a quick clean up!

For the rest of Sarah’s 10 Spring Organizing Tips – Click Here

Sarah Buckwalter is a Certified Professional Organizer® with over 17 years of experience. She is the founder of Organizing Boston, the most renowned organizing firm in New England and winner of Best of Boston Home™, Best Professional Organizer.

Highly regarded and nationally recognized as an organizing industry expert, Sarah frequently lectures on organizing and business development. She has shared her organizing expertise in print and on dozens of news and television programs. Sarah has appeared several times on the hit television series, “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC.

With a desire to help more people get organized, Sarah created Organizing U. Organizing U offers an organizing service directory, personal home organizing courses, and professional organizer training programs.

 

Mar 21, 2017

Do you know what's in your water? Ask the community of Flint, Michigan that questions and they would say, "we do now".  But for those citizens of Flint its too late. They trusted their town officials and look where it got them. 

In reality, there is no way to really know what is in your water unless you get it tested. And tested regularly.  Testing your water can be very expensive. Some people who have wells get their water tested on a regular basis and can pay up to $250 dollars per test. That's very expensive and probably not in your budget.

The biggest problem for the community of Flint was not the bad smell or the cloudy looking water. It was the lead that was leeching into the water from the pipes. The lead was affected by the acidic water from the Flint River, which broke down the lead pipes and infiltrated the water

Along with lead, your water can also have things like pesticides, pharmaceuticals and even rocket fuel in it. And a typical pitcher water filter won't remove any of these chemicals. We feel good when we use a filtering water pitcher, but the truth is that it's only taking out chlorine. Our water is full of hundreds of different chemicals that can not be removed by the filter in a pitcher filtering system.

The best way to remove contaminates from your water is by using a four stage reverse osmosis water filter. These systems work incredibly well, but can be expensive to install. These systems are placed under the counter and have to be installed by a plumber. Also, the filters are extremely expensive to replace. For the first time ever there is now a 4 stage reverse osmosis countertop water purifier that will remove the contaminates in your water and not break your budget. The Aqua Tru countertop water purifier is the first in it's class.  In this podcast I interview the CEO and founder of Aqua Tru and you can hear for yourself how passionate he is about bringing truly clean water to the residents of our country.

The idea for Aqua Tru arose from the desire for pure drinking water without the financial expense or cost to the environment. For over 20 years, AquaTru inventor, Peter Spiegel, used a professionally installed, under-the-sink, reverse osmosis (RO) system to create pure drinking water in his home and office, but under-the-sink systems are extremely bulky and costly to purchase, install and maintain.

Peter knew there had to be a way to build an affordable, countertop RO water purifier that could be used right out of the box. After countless prototypes and over 5 years of working with a fantastic team of engineers and industrial designers, the AquaTru countertop RO water purifier is here.

Aqua Tru is now available for your home. And because you listen to this podcast and follow me - Aqua Tru is offering a $100 discount on the Aqua Tru system. I have been testing the Aqua Tru for over 9 months and I love the fact that I can have clean, filtered water without having to waste money buying plastic bottles of water at the grocery store. I've saved a ton of money and created a safer environment for my family.

 

Feb 27, 2017

In my podcast, 135: Eating You Alive The Movie, we interviewed the director and co-producers of the movie, Eating You Alive.  We heard the health benefits of eating a plant based diet, but after the interview, we had a lot of comments saying they agree that they should switch to a plant based diet, but they don't know how. So I invited Nancy Addison back to the show to talk about becoming a healthy vegetarian.

Studies show that a plant based diet is the healing diet, and whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, paleo eater, raw foodist or someone who just wants to be healthier, when you add more plant based foods (fruits and vegetables) to your diet, your health is going to benefit. Many have called this books the quintessential encyclopedia of health because it is filled with well researched nutritional information that benefits everyone.
 
You will find out why Celebrity Chef and Nutrition Expert Nancy Addison has been sought out by  Doctors from all over the world as well as celebrities and other famous people like Larry Hagman, Linda Grey, Bob Fanucci, Sir Earl Toon, Bill Booth, Beth Morgan, Suzie Humphreys, Maryann De Leo and many others.
 
How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian includes links to FREE RESOURCES and SPECIAL GIFTS for readers only.
 
Nancy Addison is the author of numerous books on health and nutrition. She travels internationally speaking to corporations, groups and schools. She has workshops and classes and is a favorite media personality because of her glowing health and her radiant personality.
 
Nancy has been nice enough to offer a sample of her book - How To Become A Healthy Vegetarian for you to check out before you buy the book.  Find out why doctors and medical professionals recommend her book to their patients. Download your sample copy here:   Why Choose Vegetarianism_ Excerpt from the book- _How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian_ by Nancy Addison
Feb 19, 2017

Half of all adults in the U.S. struggle with chronic health conditions. Despite countless dollars spent on medical research and drugs to improve our health, more Americans are disabled and dying from chronic disease than ever before. Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant- based nutrition to take control of our health—one bite at a time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLZ-3X-B3XY&list=PLhYv43FcK4xm8WpKzIE0-MCSjSRXc3ySD

Advocates for this nutritional approach to wellness include Suzy Amis Cameron, James Cameron, Samuel L. Jackson and Penn Jillette as well as healthcare experts Doctors Dean Ornish, Neal Barnard, John McDougall, Joel Fuhrman, Caldwell Esselstyn, Michael Greger & T. Colin Campbell.

Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health—one bite at a time.

If you can't wait to see a screening in your area, you can buy the movie now at this link: https://www.diginextfilms.com/projects/eating-you-alive

I also interviewed Nancy Addison who was in the movie. Nancy is a nutritional consultant, author and lecturer has helped thousands of people overcome health disorders. Her book, “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian,” was written after years of research to find a cure for her own health problems. Frustrated with conventional medicine, she embarked on a long course of study into many different healing concepts, including ancient Chinese medicine, macrobiotics, Mediterranean cuisine, natural hygiene, raw foods and mega-supplement therapy. Incorporating the most beneficial components of each concept into her own system of health and healing, her success inspired her to share it with others.

Nancy is offering a sample of her book: How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian to all my listeners.  You can download it here  If you want to purchase the entire book it is available on Amazon*, or on Nancy's website: 

Feb 9, 2017

Force of Nature on Clean Green Talk

"We created Force of Nature because we don’t think families should have to trade off great cleaning results for safe ingredients."

Force of Nature is a small appliance that turns tap water plus a capsule of salt, water & vinegar into a cleaner & deodorizer that powers through odors, grease, grime, oil, sticky messes and soap scum as effectively as bleach.

Melissa Lush is one of the co-founders of Force of Nature.  She heads up marketing for the company, which means she works like crazy to introduce this amazing technology of electrolyzed water to families who are trying to avoid toxic chemicals.  She is the mother of a curious little boy (messy scientist, explorer & artist) and a very mischievous border collie (who never met a cabinet door he couldn't open). When she heard about electrolyzed water and started doing some research, she couldn't believe how unsafe even so-called "natural" cleaning products were. She was shocked about how hard it was for families with allergies, asthma, babies & small children like her own to avoid harmful chemicals because of the lax oversight of cleaning product manufacturers.

Melissa’s been fortunate enough to be part of Force of Nature since the very start, figuring out how to describe the product, how it works, what it's called, what the website looks like, etc.  And definitely testing the product on everything you can imagine - her husband makes fun of her because it's her answer to just about everything! Her family is in the blog, her house is in our ads, she does all the blogging, copywriting, social media, market research, photography, ad creative - a start up in every sense!  She believes it’s a true privilege to work for a company with such a great mission - helping families to keep their homes safe from toxic chemicals.

NEW Force of Nature lets you turn salt, water & vinegar into an all-purpose cleaner & deodorizer that’s as effective as bleach with no toxic chemicals.

We have a special offer for you for listening. You can get a free product guide by clicking here and downloading.  You can also get $35 off your purchase of a new Force of Nature by using the coupon code GreenClean35

 

Feb 7, 2017

Chemical Free Cleaning. This isn’t some marketing gimmick and E-cloth is not an As Seen On TV disappointment that you hear about on the evening news - In fact,e-cloth is featured in the May issue of Real Simple and has been rated Best of the Best in three separate categories! Chemical Free Cleaning isn’t a product as much as a lifestyle change. Choosing to clean differently in order to clean better with less effort, and make your home safer by eliminating toxic chemicals.

e-cloth is just a better cloth and a better clean!

Scientifically Better

The best microfiber cloths on the market have between 90,000 and 200,000 fibers per square inch (MOST cloths being sold only have 25,000-75,000). E-cloths have 3.1 Million* fibers per inch. This is possible because they've developed a better manufacturing process – using technology to be better. Why are fibers important? The cloths are made of polyester and nylon, so they don’t “absorb” anything. Water, dirt, oil, grease, grime and even bacteria are trapped within the fibers – so the more fibers you have the better the cloth works. Think of it as millions of tiny hands grabbing onto everything on the surface of your counter-top or sink.

The cloth is also proven to remove over 99% of bacteria from a hard surface.  These cloths don’t kill bacteria, they collect bacteria from surfaces.  This is another benefit of all of those fibers – they literally scrape the surface clean at a microbial level.  The best part – when you run this cloth under hot water in your sink, all but .01% of that bacteria, dirt, oil and grease is released from the cloth down the sink.  So, there is virtually no transfer back onto clean surfaces.

A Better Clean

E-cloth is the best clean you can give your home or office.  Using an e-cloth and just water can give your home the best clean it’s ever had with less effort and expense than your current cleaning method.

E-cloth is the best solution for the tough cleaning challenges like windows, stainless steel, bathrooms, and kitchen countertops.

Your windows and mirrors be crystal clear clean and the glass is left lint-free and streak free. Your stainless steel surfaces will be smudge-free and fingerprint-free. Kitchen surfaces from counter-tops to sinks, stoves, and microwaves all clean up quickly and completely using just an e-cloth and water.

Better for your Family

 A surface cleaned with an e-cloth is free of two potentially harmful things: cleaning chemicals and bacteria. One of the scariest things ever written is this excerpt from a Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons study:

“Women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women working away from the home.” A 15 year study concluded that it is directly linked to the toxic household chemicals in the home.

The National Research Council reports that “No toxic information is available for more than 80% of the chemicals in everyday use products.” Not only do you not know what chemicals you're exposing your family to, there isn’t a way to find out.

These chemicals leave residue on every surface of the home. Eliminating them is good for you and your family. We all know why it’s important to get rid of bacteria, but the chemicals we’ve been using to kill them might be just as harmful to us.

Better for the environment

“How can a cloth made of polyester and nylon be good for the environment?” In this interview you will here the answer. E-cloths come with a 300 Wash Guarantee. You do daily cleaning with e-cloth and rinse the cloth out in the sink under hot water. Once each week, wash the cloth with your regular wash (do not use bleach or fabric softener) and they are ready for another week of cleaning. If you wash the cloth once each week, the cloths are guaranteed for about 6 years of cleaning. In six years, how many paper towels, wipes, spray cans and bottles of chemicals will you go through?

Eliminating or reducing the use of household cleaning chemicals is a major benefit to the environment. Those chemicals go down our drains and remain on surfaces in our homes. The cans and bottles they are sold in end up in our landfills forever. An e-cloth and just water avoids all of this mess.

Paper towels are also a huge burden on the environment. According to the EPA, “every day 3,000 tons of used paper towels are discarded in landfills”. It takes 51,000 trees per day to replace those used paper towels. By using an e-cloth to wipe up spills and accomplish those quick cleaning tasks, your home gets a more thoroughly cleaned surface, you save the cost of the paper towel and the waste doesn’t end up in our landfill. That is a lot of benefit from one simple change.

E-cloth really is a better cloth and a better clean. Still not convinced? Buy a Window Pack and try it. They stand behind their products 100% and if you’re not satisfied, they will refund your money. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Use the coupon code GreenClean and get 20% off any and all of their products for a limited time!

Jan 31, 2017

 
Clean your home from a new type of air pollution: EMFs

 Things we talk about in this episode: 

- Why are EMFs considered a type of air pollution, and how can they affect our health?

 

- How are we exposed to EMFs in the home?

 

- What inspired you to learn about EMF pollution in the home?

 

- Have you experienced any health benefits from reducing EMFs in your home?

 

- What are the first steps that someone should take to reduce EMF exposure in the home?

 

- Last year you released a book, and now you have a series of online courses that help others to reduce their toxic exposures. What can you tell me about them?

 Sophia’s work:

Sophia is about to launch the Airplane Mode Challenge: It’s a 7 day challenge, which will inspire and empower participants to reduce their EMF exposures, and allow them to compare their experiences with others who join the challenge. It’s all done online: through email and a private Facebook group. Join today by visiting Sophia’s website—Nontoxicliving.tips—the challenge begins on Monday, January 23rd!

 

Sophia’s social channels:

Twitter: @SophiaGushee

Instagram: @SophiaGushee

Facebook: Facebook.com/SophiaRuanGushee

 

Discount for Leslie’s audience:

20% off any online d-tox course, with the exclusive code: CleanGreenTalk20.

 

http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/dr-oz-investigation-what-you-need-know-you-dine-out-again?video_id=4844038423001

Jan 24, 2017

Doctor Parsley has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and has served as Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine. In addition, he is certified in hormonal modulation (Age-Management Medicine). After leaving the Navy he went into concierge medicine and consulting. He continues to consult for multiple corporations, and professional athletes/teams. Doctor Parsley lectures worldwide on sleep, wellness, and hormonal optimization and is currently completing a book on sleep and health optimization.

His philosophy for wellness is simple; in order to optimize our health and get the most out of our bodies and minds, we must live more closely to the way we evolved as a species. He believes that many diseases and disorders that we accept as “inevitable” in modern society are unnecessary complications of poor sleeping habits, living in a toxic environment, eating foods we were not designed to digest, and allowing stress to overwhelm us. His passion is to help his patients and clients achieve the highest quality of life possible, and realize their health, performance, and longevity goals.

 
Unfortunately, Dr. Parsley’s patient panel is full, with a significant waiting list. He will not be accepting any new patients in the near future, however, you listen in to this interview and learn a lot of great information and ways that you can sleep better.   You can learn more about his Sleep Remedy at this link.  You can also learn more about his work at www.docparsley.com   On Facebook and twitter @docparsley  
Jan 18, 2017

Doctor Parsley has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and has served as Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine. In addition, he is certified in hormonal modulation (Age-Management Medicine). After leaving the Navy he went into concierge medicine and consulting. He continues to consult for multiple corporations, and professional athletes/teams. Doctor Parsley lectures worldwide on sleep, wellness, and hormonal optimization and is currently completing a book on sleep and health optimization.

His philosophy for wellness is simple; in order to optimize our health and get the most out of our bodies and minds, we must live more closely to the way we evolved as a species. He believes that many diseases and disorders that we accept as “inevitable” in modern society are unnecessary complications of poor sleeping habits, living in a toxic environment, eating foods we were not designed to digest, and allowing stress to overwhelm us. His passion is to help his patients and clients achieve the highest quality of life possible, and realize their health, performance, and longevity goals.

 
Unfortunately, Dr. Parsley’s patient panel is full, with a significant waiting list. He will not be accepting any new patients in the near future, however, you listen in to this interview and learn a lot of great information and ways that you can sleep better.   You can learn more about his Sleep Remedy at this link.  You can also learn more about his work at www.docparsley.com   On Facebook and twitter @docparsley  
Jan 9, 2017

Doctor Parsley has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and has served as Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine. In addition, he is certified in hormonal modulation (Age-Management Medicine). After leaving the Navy he went into concierge medicine and consulting. He continues to consult for multiple corporations, and professional athletes/teams. Doctor Parsley lectures worldwide on sleep, wellness, and hormonal optimization and is currently completing a book on sleep and health optimization.

His philosophy for wellness is simple; in order to optimize our health and get the most out of our bodies and minds, we must live more closely to the way we evolved as a species. He believes that many diseases and disorders that we accept as “inevitable” in modern society are unnecessary complications of poor sleeping habits, living in a toxic environment, eating foods we were not designed to digest, and allowing stress to overwhelm us. His passion is to help his patients and clients achieve the highest quality of life possible, and realize their health, performance, and longevity goals.

 

Unfortunately, Dr. Parsley’s patient panel is full, with a significant waiting list. He will not be accepting any new patients in the near future, however, you listen in to this interview and learn a lot of great information and ways that you can sleep better.   You can learn more about his Sleep Remedy at this link.  You can also learn more about his work at www.docparsley.com   On Facebook and twitter @docparsley  

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