From greening to cleaning and back

Just to warn you, I have been known to tell long winded, sometimes un-followable stories.  My second goal of this blog is to stay laser focused on the challenges ahead and stay on track; if you don’t remember my first goal is to not be preachy, so far so good.

So back to that laser focus of mine, I want to find a career that allows me to fiscally survive in Los Angeles and provide benefit to the environment and my community at the same time.  I have noticed a trend of new businesses sprouting up across the city.  Many of these new small businesses are selling at your local farmers’ markets.  To do some field research, I will be visiting a number of farmers’ markets in and around Los Angeles throughout the next few weeks and will highlight some of these new businesses opening up in your neighborhood.  I want to see what green and organic products and services are being offered by these new businesses selling in your local communities.   I will also highlight pricing for select organic fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets.  So look forward to all of that.

And sad news, I had to let my cleaning person go.  I need to be fiscally responsible now that I am in between gigs.  I guess an unintended consequence of my life change is that I do not have to stock anything with toxic chemicals anymore.  Now that I am back to full time maid, I would like save money by mixing my own brew of cleaning solutions.  Though, the last time I mixed a solution I was in high school chemistry class so I better get to Googling, I might even visit a library.

You can help too, what type of natural ingredients do you use for your day-to-day cleaning, leave a comment, share the wealth, don’t be shy.  — GreenUp! Guy

3 thoughts on “From greening to cleaning and back

  1. Plain white vinegar & baking soda are great cleansers, environmentally friendly and cheap too! If you want to clean out a drain, put about a cup or so of baking soda down the drain, and then pour about 1-2 cups vinegar in. It will bubble up, let it do its work, and then rinse.

    Vinegar (1 cup in the rinse cycle) is also a good fabric softener. Don’t add too much or your clothes will smell like, well, vinegar.

    Baking soda is good for cleaning pretty much everything. We buy the big bags at Costco or Smart & Final.
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  2. Ok, because I love you, I’ll tell you my secret. Yucca Root. You can get it really cheap at asian supermarkets, and it cleans everything from hair to stubborn stains on dishes. Used by ancient cultures for centuries, and sometimes refered to as “soap root”, you just peel and mash. It’s that easy!

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