Info

Clean Green Talk Show | Green Living | Clean Living | Organic | All-Natural Food | Organizing

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.
RSS Feed Subscribe in iTunes
Clean Green Talk Show | Green Living | Clean Living | Organic | All-Natural Food | Organizing
2017
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2014
December
November
October
April
March
February
January


2013
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
March


Categories

All Episodes
Archives
Categories
Now displaying: June, 2017
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

 

1