Since my mind's consumed with work, I thought I'd share some information I gathered at work that will help your house stay a little more organized and healthy. I work as a sustainability specialist and often compile "Green Tips" for our employees. From tips for spring cleaning to local sources of fresh veges, these ideas will motivate you to do a little spring cleaning, healthy eating, and will help you reduce the environmental footprint of your home (now my work voice is coming out - aaah!).
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If you're not interested in making your own cleaning products (or just too lazy/busy/tired like me), I recommend Earth Friendly Products.
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Their lemongrass handsoap is my favorite, and they make all kinds of cleaning products for every room of your home.
Another product that's made spring cleaning more bearable is our new Bionaire steam mop. Usually, I hate mopping. Its the chore my husband and I both groan about so we probably don't do it as much as we should.
Recently our floors have been cleaner because the steam mop is so easy to use. It was another wedding gift (really gotta love the wedding gifts!) that I've used a lot. I even used it to clean our kitchen cupboards (picture me very awkwardly holding a full-sized mop sideways in a smallll kitchen). A great perk of the steam mop compared to the traditional mop and bucket (or Swiffer) is that you don't need any chemicals. This is environmentally friendly and will save you money in the long run since you won't have to buy any cleaners.
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Most CSA programs have convenient pick up locations where you go once a week to get a box of fresh produce. The one we signed up for last year was 20 weeks long. I was skeptical at first. What kinds of food would we get? Would we eat it all? Would I know what to do with it?
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I was very pleasantly surprised. In addition to the vegetables I expected, we got tons of berries and fruit. Once we even got a homemade pie! There were a few staples in the box (lettuce every week), but mostly we got anything that was in season. The farm sent weekly emails with recipes and coupons for other things sold at the farm. It was so fun - the fruit and veges were so fresh and I
Our one complaint is that the food didn't last a super long time. I think part of this was because of the very mild (read: rainy) summer Portland had last year, and the fact that there was just so much darn food. Most boxes are packed full of so much food Matt and I would never eat it all. We shared a box with my brother- and sister-in-law. I highly recommend this idea if there are only two of you. It also cuts the cost in half!
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