D.I.Y Liquid Cleanser / Eco Friendly Soft Scrub

Tough stains in your kitchen or bathroom can take a toll on you, especially if you dont have anything around the house  to scour them with.  Our cleaning team recently came across a shower that really needed some work, so we came up with a mixture of homemade “softscrub” liquid cleanser to help us get the job done.  All you need is:

  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 10 drops essential oils

Stir until you acheive a paste like consistency.  Dont be alarmed if it starts to bubble, the chemical reaction will do that naturally.

I then transfer mine to an repurposed container such as old commercial liquid detergent containers or an old dish soap bottle.

We used this on a severly neglected fridgeand here were our results:

Please share you tips or photos with us, or let us know how well this worked for you!



Ever tried to remove a sticker or piece of tape from a piece of glass, or a manufacturer sticker from a piece of plastic? If so, you are probably left with sticky adhesive on the items surface, or even worse, half of the paper is stuck as well.

All you need is

  • Baking Soda
  • Coconut Oil

Mix equal parts of coconut oil with baking soda to make a paste, and apply it over the affected area. Using the course side of your sponge, rub the solution in a circular motion for about a minute or two, then wipe off with a towel or rag. The adhesive and / or sticky paper should be gone and your items for fish that look like new!

In extreme instances you may have to repeat this process two or three times, but there have been instances where I’ve had to do the same thing with commercially manufactured Goof Off or Goo Gone.

Please share with us how well this eco friendly adhesive remover has worked for you


D.I.Y Natural Ant Spray

I live in california, and around this time of year,  those pesky ants line up and march right into our homes.  Inside ants may be found near their food sources, moisture, and in hidden places like wall voids, under appliances, behind window frames and beneath floors. Ants like to live close to people and eat some of the same things we do – sweets, meats, starches and liquids. It isn’t surprising that they like to take up residence inside our homes, apartments and office buildings?

Fortunately, I have found a eco friendly way get rid of the ants in your home.  The recipe only requires two ingredients and has worked in every home I have tried it in so far.

All you need is

  • Vinegar
  • Peppermint Essential Oils

Mix one drop of peppermint essential oils with every one ounce of vinegar and place into a spray bottle.  Spray the affected area as well as any other dark places where the ants may want to run and hide.

Please feel free to share your DIY recipes or let us know how well this one works for you!


5 Tips For Lazy Cleaners

There are those of us who relax best when we’re tidying up. And there are those of us who probably will end up on an episode of “Hoarders” one day. But most of us live in-between, and we’re basically lazy about how often we clean our homes.

For those folks — and for basically everyone —’s Melissa Maker visited TODAY Friday with five tips that will let you be both “lazy” and have a home you can be proud of.


DIY Soap Scum Remover

Soap Scum residue can be one of the toughest things to clean if you arent using the correct products.  As a longtime housecleaner, i have personally tried everything on the market from CLR, to LimeAway and almost every store brand product available.  However, the most effective product is one i made with simple house hold items.   All you need is

  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • Spray Bottle (preferably with foam sprayer )

Simply pour the vinegar and alcool into the spray bottle and then fill the bottle with water. Spray the solution onto your shower glass doors, windows, or metal surfaces and scrub with a heavy duty scrubber.  This green cleaning method will have your surfaces looing new and will save you tons on cleaning supplies.

Please share any questions or green cleaning tips you may have


Los Angeles Needs To Recycle Its Recycle Bins

In an effort to encourage recycling , the city of angels has missed the mark….by a mile. Although, Los Angeles and its surrounding incorporated cities have given it homeowners a free recycling bin and weekly pick up, emptying and sorting couldn’t be more confusing.  The trash bins ( which are used for non biodegradable waste ) , are royal blue while the recyclables are to be dumped in a black canister.

While this may seem minute, i cant count the number of times i almost threw recyclables in the trash, simply because the trash bin is blue.

I realize that it may not have been cost effective in the initial stages of the program to replace all the bins to a different color. However the user mistakes have to be a problem that affects the programs integrity in the first place.

Los Angeles as a city, has a backlog of issues to deal with such as homelessness and potholes, but it would be nice if the programs instituted to encourage a greener L.A. were made fool proof so that they would actually work


Free E Waste Round Up Event

Don”t miss this opportunity to recycle your e waste for FREE!  This is the perfect opportunity to get rid of all your old electronics the green way and de clutter for the new year

Eligible items include

  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Cell Phones
  • Ipods
  • Stereos
  • Gaming Consoles
  • DVD / VCR players
  • Printers
  • Fax Machines
  • Modems

Saturday Dec 19th 9am – 1p.m.

825 S. Sunset Ave, West Covina.  See you there!


Energy Star

The National Association of Home Builders’ $2.8 million 2015 “New American Home”, pictured above, is an over the top, state of the art, energy efficient, factory for homeowners who aspire to make thier homes as green as possible.  Many of the festures in this designer home can easily be adapted into your space.

1. Cool and durable LED Bulbs use at least 75 percent less energy an incandescent bulbs according to

2. Touchless toilets include huge water saving technology

3.  Insulating Spray Foam material on the exterior walls, on the undersideof the roof and in the framing prevents air leakage.

4.  Solar panels can generate power right on the property

5.  Turn off the lights, lower the thermostat and your shades remotly from your smartphone.  Iris Smart Kit $299.00 lowes

6.  Landscaping tailored to your local climate saves water – and work!

7.  An indoor ultraviolet light air trreatment system imporves air quality. Thry the Honeywell system $384.00

8.  Intelligent outdoor irrigation systems tailored to your local climatecan time lawn and landscape watering.

9.  An electric car chargig station encourages a green lifestyle beyond the home.

While thw 2015 New American Home was built to Emerald LEED standards- the highest green home rating possible-existing homes can be retrofitted to acheive a LEED certification as well.  Learn more about the process at  For more information about the New American Home visit


How Often Should You Clean Your..???

Those Towels, sheets and other household items may look clean, but are you sure???  Good Housekeeping’s Meaghan Murphy is dishing out just how long you should clean the basics.

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Bath towels that are being used once a day to dry off after a shower can be used up to three times before needing to be washed. Hand towels, however, should be changed every one to two days since they are getting used more frequently and might even be drying hands that aren’t completely clean.

To wash, toss towels in warm water in the washer, then tumble dry on low heat. Murphy suggests washing them separately, and be careful to not overload the washer.


It’s a dirty job, but one that should be done frequently. Murphy recommends cleaning the toilet seat, handle and rim at least every few days. The shower and toilet bowl interior can be cleaned weekly, if not visibly soiled.

Murphy recommends keeping a stash of cleaning products in every bathroom to make it easier to get the job done. Stock a basket with disinfecting wipes and mirror cleaner, and hang a squeegee from the shower head to help wipe down tiles after the last shower of the day to get rid of moisture and mildew.


Swap out your sheets and pillowcases weekly, suggests Murphy, and wash the mattress cover and pillow liners every few months, or monthly for family members with allergies. And don’t forget to wash the pillows one to two times a year. Murphy suggests washing two pillows at a time and using a machine without an agitator to help retain their shape. Consider running the pillows for an extra rinse cycle to get rid of all detergent, and give those pillows a good fluff once they are dry.


Murphy suggests cleaning and organizing the fridge on a weekly basis, but don’t be overwhelmed at the prospect. Here’s the breakdown of what you need to cover:

Keep the fridge organized so leftovers don’t linger

Wrap food and containers tightly to keep odors from transferring

Wipe spills on shelves and in bins with a warm soap solution and rinse

Have those points covered and you will likely never have to rip the fridge apart to get it clean.


Phones can be swimming in bacteria, so give yours a wipe down every few days, and wipe the screen down with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol or an electronic wipe to kill bacteria.


It might be trendy to never wash your jeans, but play it safe and gives those a good wash after every few wearings. The fabric absorbs body oils and stains, so it’s best to toss them in the washer. Just turn the jeans inside out before doing so to help maintain the color and use a detergent designed for darks. Murphy recommends tumble drying them on a low heat and taking them from the dryer when they are still damp to air dry.


How To Keep Cool Without A/C

1. Close your windows.
It may seem counterintuitive, but on hot summer days, opening the windows will often make your home warmer, not cooler. When night falls, if the air outside is cooler than inside, open windows wide, particularly those oriented toward prevailing winds so you can take advantage of cross ventilation. This will allow cool night air to circulate, and prevent a good deal of the sun’s heat from reaching indoors. Be sure to close them — along with blinds and shades — before the sun hits your house in the morning. Also, put houseplants in front of sunny windows to absorb some of the sun’s energy.
2. Use fans strategically.
Ceiling fans: Make sure your fan is running in the right direction: In the summer, you should feel the breeze from your fan blowing down (you can also use ceiling fans in winter to create an updraft). And remember, ceiling fans cool people, not rooms, so turn it off when you leave the room.
Stand-alone fans: When placed directly in front of you, these fans will, no surprise, help keep you cool. Use a spray bottle to spritz yourself while in front of the fan and you can dramatically change your temperature; as the water evaporates off your skin, your body sheds heat.
DIY wind tunnel: If there’s a cool breeze, particularly at night, set one fan facing in on the side of your home receiving the wind, and another facing out on the opposite end of the house. You’ll maximize the cooling power of a natural breeze.
3. Eat cold meals.
Just as drinking a nice cold cocktail cools your body, eating cold food helps keep your internal temperature lower on a hot day. Try a simple watermelon salad, for instance, or a cold soup. If you do cook, use the grill or the microwave — your oven and stove will only make your kitchen hotter.
4. Shut off the lights.
While modern lightning, like compact fluorescents and LEDs, are more efficient, incandescent light bulbs can produce as much heat as they do light. It’s always a good idea to shut off lights to save energy, but on hot summer days, it’s doubly important to do it so you can keep room temperatures down. The same goes for many electronics. Consider unplugging any device that isn’t needed. Even in standby mode, many electronics remain hot.
5. Take a cold shower or go swimming.
It may sound obvious, but it’s worth saying: If you’re hot, lower your core temperature by immersing yourself in cold water. Unless there’s 100% humidity, the evaporation of water off your skin will further cool you once you emerge from the water. For a shortcut, dab cold water or ice cubes on your wrists. Because your blood vessels are so close to the skin there, you’ll feel the cooling effects sooner.
6. Install attic insulation.
While attic fans may not help to significantly cool your home, attic insulation can by keeping cooler air in your home from escaping through the ceiling. If you have central air, be sure to seal ducts — especially at vents and registers — or else you could lose up to 20% of your cooled air.
7. Plant trees strategically.
Your house gets hot because the sun beats down on it. Let nature help reduce your energy bills by planting deciduous trees on the east and west sides of your home; in the summer, their broad leaves will shade your house, while in the winter, bare branches won’t stop the sun’s warmth from reaching your walls. Also, consider planting trees or shrubs to shade high-heat areas — air conditioning units that emit heat, for instance, and driveways and walkways that absorb it. Of course, sitting under a shady tree on a hot summer day isn’t a bad way to pass the time, wherever the tree stands!
8. Install awnings.
Like trees, awnings can save you money on energy bills by cutting down on the heat your house absorbs.
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