A good friend of mine, Nia Peeples, has started a new site called “Nia Peeples’ ELEMENTS OF LIFE”. Nia’s goal with this site is to form her own brand of health and wellness products and help spread the wealth of knowledge she has gained in her 20 plus years as a celebrity and a devoted mother.

Update: February 2013 – Nia’s site has been renewed! Her site’s new purpose is:

“to provide people the tools they need to courageously explore, faithfully evolve, and joyfully express their most authentic and empowering beauty from the insight out.”

Nia & Bubba ready to hit the beach!

She has asked me to write a blog for her “Growing Green” section. I was, of course, honored to do this. My first post was on eco-friendly cleaning products. I ‘d like to re-share that information here:

Caring about people and the world we live in is just one of the many things Nia and I share. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to not only share the green tips I’ve learned but to also learn from you as well. I welcome any and all comments and ideas and hope we can support each other on this journey towards a greener life. Nia’s web guru, Jessica, will also be sharing her thoughts, actions and ideas for living a greener life too. I’m sure we’ll all be able to learn and support each other.

A lot of applying a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle to my own has been realizing what being “green” means. I had to become “conscious” of the choices I was making and the alternative choices that were out there. So, step one, for me, was just that – becoming conscious.

Once I became aware, I had to make the commitment to try and make changes. Some changes I’ve applied were simple to do, some took much more effort. Through it all I’ve tried to be realistic with myself and the life I lead. Knowing that if I was, the changes I’d make would stick.

To start somewhere, I’ll begin with cleaning products. Who doesn’t know of and/or use Comet, Windex and Pledge? For me, for years, these were just staples in my cleaning repertoire. These products defined cleaning to me. They got the job done and everything looked shiny and fresh afterwards.

If you’re looking for the ultimate non-toxic cleaning recipes to replace the above-mentioned items, you can create them using items such as baking soda, vinegar, olive oil, cornstarch and just plain old soap with the recipes available at these websites:

Earth Easy



These sites also give information for cleaning silver, shoes, paint brushes and other more specific items.

If you’re not interested in mixing your own recipes, relax, there are earth-friendly and non-toxic options available in almost any store. The Targets, Walgreens, Walmarts and Safeways of the world all have eco-friendly products on their shelves. Brands like Method, Seventh Generation, Bright Green, Ecover and Earth Friendly Products to name a few. You can also get your green cleaning products online. I, personally, like the products from Melaleuca.com. They work really well for me and I like what the company stands for and tries to achieve.

Here are a few of my personal favorites:
  I’m addicted to this stuff. It has so many uses. From adding it to laundry, cleaning cookware, to even removing carpet stains and so much more. Available at almost any store: Safeway, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc.
Bright Green dishsoap I, personally, love any cleaning product, like this dish soap, with a lavender scent – it’s my weakness. This product I purchased at Target.
Seventh Generation I use this spray for wiping down the counters, kitchen sink, stove, etc. Notice the citrus scent – another weekness. Again, I purchased this product at Target.
Bright Green Laundry Oh, and I love the lavender scent too in this laundry soap – it’s just heavenly. I also love that the containers for these products are recyclable. Again I purchased this at Target.
Here are two of my favorites from Melaleuca.com:
SoluGard Use this on any non-porous surface to clean, reduce odor and bacteria.
EcoSense Tub & Tile Ecosense Tub & Tile – that pretty much covers what it cleans.


My husband has even joined me in using more eco-friendly cleaners in his life. An avid mountain biker, he keeps Clean Green out in the garage to clean his bike after a ride. He says it works just as well as any other product he’s tried.

Let me know any products that you’ve tried that you’ve had particularly good results with.

In future posts, I’d like to share my thoughts on eating a green diet, green activism, green gardening, green business and more. Hope you’ll join me.



1 Comment on Green Cleaning

  1. Yes! I got sidetracked here, because I love, love, love borax. You can even make a rinse for your hair with it – and it makes your hair softer and shinier!

    Love the blog. Have the feeling I’m going to be here a looooooonnnnnnngggggg time.

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