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Groovy Green Livin'

Groovy Green Livin is a place to share anything and everything about going green; a place for green inspiration, ideas, dialog and debate.

What's a fun way to repurpose household items into toys or crafts?

Do you know any great children's books that teach kids about being eco-friendly?

What organic or healthy snacks do your kids love? Please share a link to a recipe if you have one.

What's an easy, eco-friendly habit that could help families save money?

Lori Popkewitz Alper

MAKE SURE THE DISHWASHER AND LAUNDRY MACHINES ARE FULL-Before running the dishwasher see if you can squeeze in that last dish or fit in that last fork. Can you throw in a few more pairs of socks into the washing machine? Avoid using the permanent press cycle, which uses an added 20 liters (5 gallons) for the extra rinse. New Energy Star rated washers use 35 - 50% less water and 50% less energy per load. WASH YOUR LAUNDRY IN COLD WATER-80-90 percent of the washing machines energy is used to heat the water. Your clothes will be just as clean-honest!
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What's a great cleaning product you've discovered?

Lori Popkewitz Alper

I have to join in with everyone else and say VINEGAR is the greatest cleaning product around! Vinegar is inexpensive. It doesn't t doesn’t cause allergic reactions like some cleansers with fragrance. Vinegars acid acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer. I make my own cleaning solution by mixing vinegar with water and adding 10 drops of tea tree oil. DON'T use vinegar on hardwood floors, stone surfaces (marble and granite) and unsealed grout.
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