• The Clean: Moso uses natural bamboo charcoal to trap bacteria, allergens, and odor particles. In addition to removing formaldehyde, ammonia, and other harmful gases from the air, bamboo charcoal also absorbs excess moisture to prevent mold and mildew.
    • The Green: Unlike other air treatments, these bags contain no chemicals, not fragrances, and no toxins. They also do not require electricity or any other form of energy to operate. Put them outside in the sun once monthly for an hour, and you can reuse these for up to two years.
    • About the Company: According to their website, Moso Natural believes in “being kind to people and kind to the Earth.” The company, headquartered in the U.S., makes eco-friendly, affordable products from bamboo sourced in China.
    • Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag. Odor Eliminator for Cars, Closets, Bathrooms and Pet Areas. Captures and Eliminates Odors. Charcoal Color, 200-G
  • CleanSmart Toy Disinfectant
    • The Clean: CleanSmart removes 99.9% of germs, viruses, bacteria, mold, and fungus from your kids’ toys and furniture in 60 seconds… no rinsing required.
    • The Green: Made with only salt, water, and electricity, CleanSmart products’ active ingredient is hypochlorous. Products possess the lowest rating on the EPA toxicity scale, do not use harsh chemicals, fumes, or fragrances, and are safe for areas that come into contact with food.
    • About the Company: CleanSmart products are manufactured by SimpleScience. Per the website, the company uses “simple ingredients and really smart science” to keep families, pets, and those with chronic skin issues protected without harsh chemicals.
    • CleanSmart Toy Disinfectant Spray – No Rinse, No Wipe, Kills 99.9% of Germs, Bacteria, Viruses, Fungus, Mold, Leaves No Chemical Residue. 16oz, 2 Pk. Great for mouth toys!

 

  • Biokleen Bac Out
    • The Clean: Biokleen Bac Out uses a proprietary blend of “live enzyme-producing cultures, citrus extracts, and plant-based surfactants” to fight everyday stains and odors, including those caused by kids and pets.
    • The Green: All Biokleen products are free of  phosphates, chlorine, ammonia, petroleum solvents, alcohol, butyl, glycol ether, brighteners, artificial colors, and artificial fragrances.
    • About the Company: Per the website, Biokleen is family-owned and operated, doesn’t test on animals, and packages all products in recyclable plastic. Biokleen also participates in power-offset and water-restoration programs.
    • Biokleen Bac-Out Stain+Odor Remover, 32 oz

There are far too many stories about kids being poisoned by common household cleaning products. According to the National Capital Poison Center (NCPC), children younger than six years old make up nearly half of all poison exposures, and 99.4% of them are unintentional. Cleaning substances are the second-leading cause of poison exposures in kids under six.

Parents do their best to protect their children from the hazards of traditional cleaning products; yet, Live Healthy Every Day claims, “Every day, parents unknowingly expose their kids to at least one of 49 potentially toxic chemicals in the home.” Kids are more vulnerable to toxins than adults, and they can be exposed to them in unique ways including breathing and through the skin. With the danger impacting kids of all ages, parents must understand the hazards of traditional cleaning products and how to go green to protect their kids on a daily basis.

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Seniors should be wary of household cleaners labeled with the words “poison,” “toxic,” and “hazardous,” because these products contain chemicals that put their health at risk. The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) advises seniors to be cautious when handling or using household cleaners because chemicals more quickly penetrate the thin skin that is common in older adults.

PRC also warns that certain health conditions also make seniors more susceptible to the hazards of toxic cleaning products: seniors who use oxygen “should be aware that oxygen does not mix well with many household chemicals,” some seniors “have poor nutrition and/or may not drink enough water to sustain a buffer needed to minimize the effects of instantaneous poisonings,” older people with impaired vision may use products improperly, and medications may affect seniors’ “cognitive, sensory, and physical ability to safely use or manage hazardous products.”

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The Essential Guide to Green Cleaning for Pet Owners

As we learn more about the hazards associated with traditional household cleaners, we need to remembe

r they pose dangers to our animals, too. According to Pet Health Network, some cleaning products are especially dangerous for cats and dogs, including drain cleaners, pool chemicals, concentrated dishwashing chemicals, lime-removal products, oven cleaners, and concentrated toilet cleaners.

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Plan Your Content

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If you’re considering adding a blog to your site, you’ll want to have a plan beforehand. Planning your blog will help your subject matter remain consistent over time. It’ll also help you determine whether or not there’s enough material to maintain a steady stream of posts.

One pitfall many new bloggers run into is starting a blog that isn’t posted to frequently enough. A shortage of recent posts can give your visitors a bad impression of your business. One may think “I wonder if they’re still in business” or “they may want to hire a writer.”

A blog, like any other customer facing aspect of your business, communicates your brand. If it isn’t maintained and given proper attention, people will notice. Post regularly and keep your content fresh. Give your audience a reason to visit often.

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Categories and Tags

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If you write about a variety of subjects, categories can help your readers find the posts that are most relevant to them. For instance, if you run a consulting business, you may want some of your posts to reflect work you’ve done with previous clients, while having other posts act as informational resources. In this particular case, you can set up 2 categories: one labeled Projects and another labeled Resources. You’d then place your posts in their respective categories.

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Pages vs. Posts

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If you’re new to WordPress you may be wondering what’s the big deal behind Pages and Posts. At first glance they appear to be one and the same: if you were to create either a new page or a new post you’d be presented with nearly identical interfaces and in many cases the public appearance of pages and posts will look the same.

Don’t let this fool you. There’s a very fundamental difference between the two and that difference is what makes CMSs, like WordPress, great platforms for integrating blogs with traditional websites.

Pages

Think about the kind of pages that make up a typical website. Most often you’ll see pages like “Home”, “About Us”, “Services”, “Contact Us”, etc. Within WordPress these are often treated as Pages; documents that have no particular regard for the time they were posted.

For example, when you visit the “About Us” page of your favorite company’s website you don’t expect the content to be very different from what was available there a week ago.

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