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August 03, 2017

cleaning ›   green ›   home ›   nontoxic ›   spring cleaning ›  

Green Cleaning Tips You Can Use Everyday

Hand wiping a juice spill

Going green begins at home. As parents, we want to keep our families healthy and safe, but unfortunately that isn’t simple given the potential risks that enter our home environment. Many of the conventional household cleaners in Canada and the U.S. contain hazardous chemicals. (Those skull and cross bone labels are no joke!) And, sadly, there is no legal requirement for manufacturers to disclose all the in and hazards in household cleaning products.

Plus, the surfaces that your baby touches as they crawl on the floor could be toxic and trigger health issues in the future. This is no reason to panic, though. Here are some hassle-free non-toxic tips to make your home not only cleaner but also more environmentally friendlier for you and your loved ones.

Cleaning a floor cleaner

  1. Have a floorplan - Floors are the dirtiest of surfaces so having a no-outdoor shoes-indoors policy and damp mopping once a week with 1 gallon water mixed with 1/8 cup liquid soap and 1/8 cup white vinegar. For best results, give your floors the deep clean they deserve without the hassle or guilt of throw-away mop pads. The ProMIst Microfibre pad from Vileda has a scrub zone suitable for all floor types to get the job done. The best part- it’s machine washable up to 100 times.  
  2. DIY to the rescue - Clogged pipes? Skip a call to the plumber and spring clean them yourself by using the environmentally friendly natural baking soda recipe below to clear your drains and cleaning agenda.
  • Pour ½ cup soda, then ½ cup vinegar, down a clogged drain.
  • Cover it with a wet cloth
  • Wait 5 minutes

kitchen sink

Uncover and flush with steaming-hot water

  1. Switch to non-toxic - Ditch your chemical floor solution and fill up a ProMist Max refillable bottle with this easy DIY floor cleaner.
  • Hot water
  • Olive oil or jojoba oil
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon essential oil 
  1. Clear the air - Fumes and unpleasant smells creep in where we least expect. From lingering onion smells from dinner last night to pet spills, baking soda is an affordable green way to deodorize your home. Scrub or wash the target smell with a baking soda and water paste, leave over night and rinse for a fresh smell!

Vileda Floor Cleaner

  1. Work with the best tools - Use the best for your family and your home. Opt for Vileda’s multi-surface cleaner.
  • Pre-diluted ready to use
  • Non-toxic
  • 100% bio-degradable
  • Ideal for homes with children

washed cutlery in dishwaher

Use it for any surface to leave a streak-free clean or add it to your refillable spray mop bottle to get a deeper clean.

  1. Shine on- Dish up a sparkling set of silverware! Use toothpaste as a non-toxic solution to buff and shine your silver.
January 31, 2017

detox ›   fitness ›   wellness ›   yoga ›  

5 Easy Ways to Detox

Detox made easy
Be it the post-holiday sluggishness or a renewed interest in making this year the one you achieve optimal health, chances are detoxing is top of mind. Sometimes we can get ourselves overworked by the thought of starting a detox because it has us thinking that it will be a painful sacrifice. It doesn't have to be. Rachelle Wintzen CNP, RYT offers 5 easy tips that will keep you motivated and committed.
1. Find time to do something you love daily...I know I know.... Just 5 Minutes!!!

Even if it is only for five minutes, it is critical to your mental and physical health to find moments of joy and happiness each day. Even if you have just 5 precious minutes to spare for yourself, use it wisely! Put your phone away and just sit and breath. This will help you de-clutter your mind and just ground yourself, maybe even give you some renewed energy to take on the rest of your day. Sometimes to get perspective we just need a minute to chill or catch our breath.


2. Save time by drinking your greens.

With juice bars popping up everywhere, it’s becoming easier to get your daily dose of vegetables in a fresh pressed veggie juice, which starts your day with a boost of nutrients and live enzymes to improve your immune system, increase energy and decrease inflammation. Try swapping your morning coffee for a fresh cold pressed green juice two - three days a week, more if you can. You may be surprised how quickly you’ll stop craving coffee and carbs in the morning! PS. Did I mention green juice oxygenates cells, which means it is anti-aging!

3.Protect Your Adrenals! 

Many stressed out city dwellers are at risk for overworked adrenals, which can lead to a lot of unwanted health issues. Adrenal fatigue commonly presents itself as that annoying tire around our mid-section that doesn’t go away despite diet and exercise, I also call this cortisol belly. Consider taking an ‘adaptogen’, an herbal supplement to help the body cope with stress and regulate cortisol, the hormone that is released when we are stressed. Adaptogens also help you gain mental focus, decrease anxiety and wake up feeling more positive and ready to conquer the day.

4. Colour Therapy 

Fill your plate with more greens and brightly coloured fruits and veggies. This will boost antioxidants in the body, helping you fight free radical cell damage, which weakens the immune system and promotes pre-mature aging. City life, pollution, heavy metals, cigarette smoke and stress all contribute to free radical damage. The more raw to lightly cooked, colorful veggies and greens on your plate at each meal, the better your body will be able to reduce toxins and prevent disease!

Alkaline Water

5. Enhance Your Water

Drink alkaline water! The more alkaline a body is the better chance it has of removing toxins and preventing disease. An acidic body is the perfect host for toxins, cancer cells, disease and aging. A hydrated body is essential to health but too many of us don’t drink enough water. Woman should drink a minimum of two litres daily and men three to four litres. Note: Green tea does not count as water because it contains caffeine. Drink an additional cup of water for every caffeinated beverage you consume.



Rachelle Wintzen CNP, RYT, founder of The Chi Junky Studio. She is the yoga expert for CTV's The Social, Huffington Post Canada and a motivational speaker. She has had the privilege to speak at BMO First Canadian Place, and Eone Entertainment to name a few. Rachelle has been featured in The Globe & Mail, City TV, BlogTO, TONIC, Chatelaine, Best Health.