CLEAN & GREEN: Earth Day Every Day in your Kitchen and Bathroom

These items—tissues, toilet paper, toothpaste, sponges, snack bags, etc. are made without plastic and some are made from recycled paper. Check out your local health food store or CVS. (Local store carries Clean Cult items.)

When I was a briefing leader for The Hunger Project, one of the “slogans” was: Each Person Can Make a Difference. I believe that, so while I donate to organizations that address ecological issues, in my own home I can reduce my use of plastics and toxic products to reduce Mother Nature’s job of cleaning up the environment.

One of the members of our local senior center, Pauline, keeps me posted on plastics pollution, cleaning products, etc., so I am passing along this information to you. I have been buying or making “cleaner” cleaning items. Above is a photo of some of my recent purchases, and according to Pauline, our local CVS carries Clean Cult Eco products, which I will check out soon.

Here are the links to what Pauline discussed in a recent ZOOM class on the environment. Thanx, Pauline.


                            Rating Cleaning Products


Here’s link for Environmental Working Group that rates cleaning products:



Article on Cleaning Products to Avoid:


                               VIDEO CLEANING RECIPES: YOU TUBE




Multi-Purpose Cleaner

2 cups of vinegar & 2 cups of water & few drops of essential oil (lavender or lemon)


Bathroom cleaner

1 cup alcohol, 1 cup vinegar, 1.5 cups distilled water & essential oil.


Toilet Cleaner

1 cup baking soda, 1 cup Castile soap, 2 cups distilled water.


Glass cleaner

1.5 cup alcohol, 1.5 cups distilled water, 1.5 tablespoons of vinegar


Floor cleaner (from video)

Bottle of pure Castile liquid soap, couple drops of essential oil.  Put a couple of drops of this in a bucket of water. (Some folks do not recommend Castiile soap for floors, so I’ve included another recipe below.)


Pauline’s general purpose floor cleaner

2 cups warm water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 3 drops liquid dish soap, essential oil (lavender, lemon, peppermint)  Put into a spray bottle and spray on a small area of the floor and mop; repeat for entire floor.


Here’s a recipe Pauline found for wood floors (not in video)

Wood floor cleaner

1 gallon hot water, 3/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cut lemon juice


Be clear, there are MANY DIY recipes for homemade cleaning products.  Here are two more links:


Companies selling non-toxic cleaning products








There are more!  Try to avoid the ones that sell non-toxic cleaning products in plastic containers!!!

P.S. I have been writing to compnaies that make non-toxic products but use plastic containers. ellensue


FINAL NOTE from ellensue: Just think! You can celebrate Earth Day Every Day each time you pick up a sponge, open a cardboard box of dishwasher soap, or brush your teeth using toothpaste in a glass jar. I call this idea “Back to the Future” and have posted some of this info earlier. You may have to change some of your ideas of convenience, but Mother Earth will thank you, every day! And so will I!



How to Eat Right & Save the Planet by Bill Tara


Author Bill Tara provides a powerful blueprint for a lifestyle that supports healing Mother Earth in this 312-page book from Square One Publishers ( As a long-time health counselor/teacher/author/entrepreneur who has created health centers in Europe and North America, Tara has knowledge and experience that he demonstrates in his no-nonsense, practical guide for anyone concerned about personal as well as planetary health.

Here are titles of some of the chapters in the book that I hope will entice you to read it, and inspire you to look more closely at the link between how and what we eat and the impact that our eating behavior has on the health and survival of the planet. Look at these chapter topics: The Healing Kitchen, Ancient Wisdom, Diet and Human Ecology, Collateral Damage,” and Creating a Food Ethic. With the climate crisis chomping at our heels, this book could not have come at a better time for me to read and to digest.

In the chapter titled Diet and Human Ecology, he writes about Naomi Klein, author of several books—but in this case, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, is the book by Klein that links best Tara’s philosophy. After offering a quote from Klein (“What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction in humanity’s use of resources . . .), Tara goes on to extrapolate that “we are literally eating the planet and gorging on its resources, many of which are not renewable. It is a fatal feast.” [I put the last sentence in bold for emphasis.]

In Chapter 13, the author lists the basic foods in what he calls the Human Ecology Diet, recommending that we buy and use organic, seasonal and local products when possible—and that we choose non-gluten products, if necessary. The list of foods is: Whole cereal grains, beans or tempeh (made from soy beans), cooked vegetables, raw vegetables or sprouts, fermented miso or soy soup stock, fermented bread or noodles, sea vegetables, seeds and nuts, seasonal fruit, water. (This can be modified for special diets, if necessary, but keep it plant-based. Author Tara follows a macrobiotic diet, which is a philosophy as well as a food plan.)

Because Bill Tara has been active in the food industry for many years, he is able to go back to when macrobiotics first became known in the US in the early 1950s — and which has, like most well-rounded diets, a philosophy attached to it that you think may sound familiar, such as eliminating highly processed foods and refined flour products; eating seasonally; and eating a diverse diet of the above-mentioned foods.

What impressed me most about this book, in addition to the wealth of nutritional and ecological information, is Bill Tara’s passion for healing the planet with whole foods. His knowledge is broad, his attitude positively contagious, and his warnings chilling. With almost 20 pages of References, Tara has done his homework. More importantly, he has presented this information in a common sense, practical way that makes the relationship between climate changes and our diet plausible—and the solution, doable.

The book’s Conclusion is also powerful. Here are a few quotes from it, which I hope will inspire you to read and adapt as many of the book’s suggestions as possible:

“Only a transformation of the heart and mind can transform this impending tragedy—the threat to the planet because of humankind’s need to dominate the landscape at all costs —into the greatest revolution in human cultural history. It is up to us.”

“Changing our food choices is an act of Deep Ecology.”

“One of the clear lessons we can learn from our present dilemma is that nutrition, health, ecological concerns, and compassion for non-human life are all intimately linked.”

And finally, the last sentence in the book: “After all, if we don’t take care of our body and the planet, where are we going to live?”

How to Eat Right & Save the Planet costs $16.95 and is available as a paperback book, published by SQUARE ONE PUBLISHERS:


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