How to Clean Your Jewelry the Green Way

All jewelry becomes tarnished, discolored and dirty over time. Some of the conventional cleaning options may involve chemicals that are not eco-friendly. To clean jewelry the green way, here are some tips.

1. Use any of various commercial jewelry cleaning products that are plant-based and non-toxic.

2. In a rubber dish pan or other container (you don’t want your jewelry to slip down the drain), soak gold jewelry in warm, soapy water for about 5 minutes. Use biodegradable liquid dish soap and filtered water, as chlorine can discolor some gold jewelry. Using a soft brush – an old toothbrush is ideal – gently scrub each piece of jewelry, rinse, and lay on a soft towel. Then gently rub them dry with a soft cloth.

Keeping Your Swimming Pool Clean without the Use of Toxins

A swimming pool full of crystal-clear, cool water is so inviting on a hot summer day. But if you’ve ever had a pool, you know that keeping the water clean is no small task. And it usually involves the use of “pool chemicals” such as chlorine. There are some non-toxic options out there today, however. Here are some ideas.

Ionization

Have you seen bottles of ionized water in your health food store? Water that is ionized has been purified by an electrical process, usually involving copper and silver. Copper and silver are ionized, or given a positive electrical charge, and then these copper-silver coils are placed in the pool. As the water circulates around the ionized metal, sanitizing water ions are released back into the pool.

Get a Front-Loading Washing Machine

If you’re in the market for a new washing machine, the one you get could have a big influence on your environmental impact.  That’s because front loading machines use much less heat, detergent, and washers than standard types.  The significantly more efficient and effective designs have been working at Laundromats for ages, but they’re only recently becoming popular for homes.

You can find great front loading washers from all the major brands, from Frigidaire to GE to Kenmore, offering efficient cleaning power, electronic features and attractive design.  Look for an Energy Star certification to let you know the machine’s energy efficiency level.  Your appliances will pay for themselves in a relatively short period of time, just through the energy savings.

Earth-friendly Oven Cleaning

It’s pretty easy to clean your stove top or microwave in a way that’s not a health or environmental concern.  However, a regular oven can be a real problem.  Most of us have generally turned to caustic chemicals.  If you’ve ever used too much and spent an afternoon feeling light headed, or found that all the food baked in your oven tasted like oven cleaner, you know what a problem these products are.

Organic & Earth-Friendly Tips with Vinegar

Many people use a variety of chemicals in your home, but there are alternatives.  You can use vinegar, which is cheap, common, and environmentally friendly instead of using chemicals that are toxic and bad for the environment.  Not sure where to begin using vinegar?  Here are some great tips that will help you to make the most of vinegar within your home.

First of all, you may want to know a bit about vinegar.  For many years, actually tracing back to the ancient Egyptians, vinegar has been used.  When alcohol is oxidized in products that are fermented, vinegar is what is created.  There are several different types of vinegars, including malt, red wine, white, apple cider, and white wine vinegar.  Of course, the one that is most versatile happens to be white vinegar.  Now that you know a bit more about vinegar, here are some handy tips that you can use around your home.