What type of environmentalist are you?

greencleanofavalon:

I got a 38 = “Eco Yuppie”! Ha, ha. :-)

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Quizzes are all the rage today. There are even quizzes to determine what kind of quiz you are. Sure, you know which Game of Thrones character, style of kisser, and Ninja Turtle you are — but do you know your modern eco breed? If not, we thought we’d help you figure it out (because quiz-makers obviously know yourself better than you do).

If you found your way here, we’re guessing you have at least some sort of green inclination. But in the 21st century that no longer has to go hand-in-hand with things like sanctimony and guilt — environmentalists now come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. Maybe even some ones that you wouldn’t expect.

Are you an unquenchable activist that everyone awkwardly pretends not to notice while you’re out canvassing? A tech-loving futurist churning out pie in the sky ideas? An eco yuppie happily buying into everything green, so long as…

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Those stubborn hard water stains….

How do I remove hard water deposits in my bathroom, like in my shower, toilet, & bathtub?

hardwater stains

 

Acids help to remove hard water deposits. Some acid cleaners help remove discoloration from aluminum, brass, bronze, and copper. Other acids remove iron rust stains. Acids are typically found in toilet bowl cleaners, rust removers, metal cleaners, and kitchen and bath cleaners that remove mineral products. Here are some solutions you may try…

 

 

  • White vinegar, a weak acid, is about 5 percent acetic acid. It may remove hard water deposits from glass, rust stains from sinks, and tarnish from brass and copper.
  • Lemon juice, another weak acid, contains citric acid, which can be used in much the same way as vinegar.
  • Oxalic acid is effective as a rust remover.
  • Phosphoric acid is often found in cleaning products that remove hard water deposits.
  • Hydrochloric and sulfuric acids are sometimes used in diluted concentrations in toilet bowl cleaners.

Rust stains present a special problem on plumbing fixtures. Commercial rust removers contain oxalic acid. If you purchase oxalic acid at full strength, dilute it with 10 parts water. Follow all precautions when using oxalic acid, as this is a highly toxic product. A commercial product like ZUD may be effective on rust stains because it contains oxalic acid. When surfaces have become rough or pitted from repeated scrubbing with an abrasive cleaner, ZUD or a similar product may be mixed with water to form a paste and left standing on the stain for several minutes, then rinsed off. (I don’t recommend ZUD products. They are very concentrated & the ones I’ve tried I did not find to be environmentally friendly. They are usually a quick fix cleaning product which does not lend to being friendly to the Earth. If they aren’t then prove me wrong.)

For fixtures that are not acid resistant, clean with trisodium phosphate to remove the rust. Cream of tartar, a mild acid, may be mixed with water to form a paste rust remover.

My best friend Lauren R. asked me this question today & I wanted to provide her a proper answer. Great question by the way! All the products that are “earth friendly” I have indicated in bold. I’m sure a lot of other “green friendly” people in the webosphere wonder the same thing. :-)

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Is Bleach Bad?

Okay, so I own a Green Cleaning company and I have been getting mixed messages from customers
about using the chemical bleach. It is very irritating to the eyes and respitory system after using
Shaklee cleaning products for the past year and a half, but for some reason; I still enjoy cleaning
with it.

If I want something to get REALLY clean, I know that bleach will do the job. Not in every situation,
but in some cases when nothing else will work, bleach is my go to chemical. I use it in the bathroom
mainly and sometimes in the kitchen.

Sodium hypochlorite is the active ingredient in chlorine bleach.

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It is found in household bleach and many other disinfectants. When you mix bleach with ammonia or an
acid, it will causes the release of chloramines, which generates hazardous fumes and is part of the reason the Environmental Protection Agency has found indoor air to be twice as polluted as outdoor air. Sodium hypochlorite reacts with ammonia, drain cleaners, and other acids. Many household products state that
they contain bleach on the label. Pool chemicals frequently contain calcium hypochlorite or sodium hypochlorite,
and should not be mixed with household cleaners.

So where is ammonia and acids found in the home. Ammonia can be found in glass and window cleaners, animal or human urine, in some paints. Acids in the home are more common. Products that contain acids are vinegar, glass and window cleaner, automatic dishwasher detergent & rinses, toilet bowl cleaners, drain cleaners, lime, calcium and rust removal products and brick & concrete cleaners. Bleach also reacts with some oven cleaners, hydrogen peroxide, and some insecticides.

So what are the hazards to watch out for with bleach? Well, for one, if you have kids in the home under
age 5. Make sure you have it locked away where they cannot access it. Bleach was the product most commonly associated with the injuries (37.1%) according to the most recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine and the most common diagnosis was poisoning then chemical burns and lastly dermatitis or conjunctivitis.

Children are naturally curious so if they see a brightly colored spray bottle they’ll want to see what it does, right? Which is why keeping harmful chemical cleaners like bleach up high and marked as dangerous is imperative.

A 2008 study published in Environmental Science & Technology by Dr. Mustafa Odabasi indicated for the first time that sodium hypochlorite or bleach and the cleaning agents (known as surfactants) react within the product to create chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The study says these chlorinated compounds are released when we clean, that most of them are toxic and probable carcinogens and that the indoor air concentrations increase anywhere from eight to 1,170 times during the use of products that contain bleach.

The increase in chlorinated VOCs was lowest for plain bleach and highest for thick liquids and gels. What matters with bleach are the amount, strength and method of exposure to it.

Sodium hypochlorite is also used to purify our drinking water and is a mighty powerful disinfectant. It is a reactive chemical that it will degrade before long, and if it dries completely, you’re left with table salt. The
chemical formula for bleach is NaClO.

So, my main point is, bleach is okay to use in the home for specific purposes and it is okay if it is diluted. The main thing is to be careful not to mix with with ammonia or an acid. If you have children in the home, make sure to lock it up or put it up high where children under 5 cannot get to it. A little bit of caution and common sense goes a long way with this strong & powerful cleaning agent.

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11/10/12

Okay, so this is a continuation of the blog post. I have been researching this issue and I don’t think bleach is all that bad. We just had some pressure washing guys come to our house and clean our driveway, sidewalks, etc and I did a cleaning test with them. We used my Basic H organic cleaner and did a spot test. We added water and it seemed to get some of the dirt out of the sidewalk but would take a lot of scrubbing. Then the guys added a spot test of bleach and added water. The bleach water immediately bubbled up and brought the dirt up to the surface. It also turned yellow and changed colors unlike my basic H & water.  After 10 seconds it was easy to see who was the clear winner of the dirt test.

So that being said, is there anything really toxic about bleach to the environment? Is it toxic at first (acidic) and then becomes more basic as time goes on? I guess I really need to speak with a chemist about this. The chemical composition of Bleach is NaCl…right? So that is Sodium and Chloride if I remember correctly from my High School Chemistry class. I know Sodium is not toxic, what about Chloride or Chlorine? Okay, so if anybody knows the answer to this question please answer this blog post.

Thank You!

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greencleanofavalon:

just the most amazing video of a baby developing & being born. From a fetus’s perspective!!! Just amazing.

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Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth — visualized | Video on TED.com

This simply blew my mind. The process of creating life is so complicated and so intricate. Beautiful…alien…mesmerizing.
xoxo, Jenna

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Homegrown Local Food Co-op

So…have you heard of the Local Co-op we have in Downtown Orlando?!

It’s called Homegrown Co-op and it the coolest new place to buy Local & Organic Food.

Here is the link: http://www.homegrowncoop.org/

Green Clean of Avalon are MEMBERS of this amazing organization and we are thinking of selling organic Wheat-grass pallets there.

The only place I can find wheat-grass for Sale in Orlando is the Winter Park Publix and it is WAY OVERPRICED!!!! $20.00 for a

pallet of Wheat-grass?! That is ridiculous. They are making such an enormous profit that it should not be legal! I will be offering

my Wheat-grass for $15.00…so you can SAVE $5.00, and who does not need that in THIS ECONOMY?

I started Juicing about 2 months ago at the urging of my ex-fiance as well as after watching this really cool Documentary on

Netflix called “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”! I saw my ex fiance loose over 75 pounds by changing his diet around, juicing and going

to the gym. He is so much happier now & I can actually see his Abs & Muscles now! He is so much more attractive to me and it

has given him a HUGE confidence boost. Which I think is great. So I jumped on the bandwagon and started juicing! I feel so much

healthier & feel motivated to eat well for the rest of the day when I drink it. Here is a sample of what it looks like.

a concoction of beets, carrots & purple cabbage

It took a lot of grinding to get this amount of juice but the results are so worth it! You have so much more energy throughout the

day. It really doesn’t taste that bad either. Not unless you add radishes or too much ginger. Moderation is the key with juicing and a

little goes a long way.

Here is what my machine looked like to get the juice. I thought the colors were really cool & wanted to share my artwork!

Okay so now that I’ve shared my new passion with you it will give you a reason to go to Homegrown Local Food

Coop. You can buy natural & organic vegetables and fruit there and boy do they taste amazingly better than store

bought items. Next time you cut your tomato….smell it…does it smell like a tomato. What about you milk? Does it

smell like milk? Are you really getting the nutrients you think you are getting or does it just look pretty? If you haven’t

already heard of this Documentary (where have you been?!)…it’s called Food Inc. and it is pretty much what the whole

concept of the Coop is based on. The opposite of what mass production of food is all about. Quality not Quantity. This

is so important. I am such a supporter of this Localvore/Organic/Green movement that I Volunteer at the Coop regularly.

If you get a chance…check this out…your body will Thank You! :)

Regards,

Katy

Owner~Green Clean of Avalon

Wheat grass 4 Sale

http://www.greencleanofavalon.com

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The 350 Project

This is an awesome concept! I found out about this through the Natural Living magazine.

Check it out & be a supporter of Local businesses like Green Clean of Avalon Inc. & Shaklee Products sold locally!

http://www.greencleanofavalon.com

http://www.shaklee.com

Thanks for you interest in the 3/50 project!

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1 Year Anniversary Party!!

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Green Clean of Avalon Inc. is celebrating it’s 1 year Anniversary on Earth Day 2012! We have been in business for 1 year officially & what a ride!

 

In celebration of our Anniversary I will be giving out H2 samples, G samples, a Free In Home Education Quiz (by Shaklee), free vegetable starter plants (yellow tomatoes, spinach, collard greens, peas) or a lavender plant…you pick.

 

I am also doing Free In Home estimates or over the phone. Email green_clean_avalon@live.com or call (407) 501-0509 for an estimate!!!!

 

Help us to celebrate our One Year Anniversary! :) Reach out to us. Thank You!

 

~Katy McBride

Owner/President

Green Clean of Avalon Inc.

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