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SWITCH THIS FOR A CLEANER HOME TODAY

SWITCH THIS FOR A CLEANER HOME TODAY

Say hello to your new cleaning BFF. If there was a cleaning equivalent to the phrase “the best thing since sliced bread”, it would be microfiber. It will be the apple of your home’s eye, the cream to your coffee, the gas in your tank. If I could only suggest one switch to help you clean your home more effectively with a decrease in effort, it would be to stop using paper or cotton towels and to make the switch to microfiber cleaning towels. Let me explain.     WHY MICROFIBER IS SO GREAT   Microfiber is made of two materials: polyester and nylon. This polyester and nylon blend is woven together and shred to 1/16 the thickness of human hair. When these two fibers are interlocked, each microfiber strand acts as a tiny suction hook that can attract dirt, dust, grime and bacteria from any surface.   The uniquely small size of the fibers allows them to penetrate the tiniest of crevices that cotton and paper towel fibers are too large to reach. Instead, paper and cotton cleaning towels tend to push the dirt around while you struggle to clean the mess.   Additionally, microfiber is non-abrasive making it

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HEALTHY CLEANING 101: THE BASICS OF NONTOXIC CLEANING

HEALTHY CLEANING 101: THE BASICS OF NONTOXIC CLEANING

Many times we don’t make changes in our life because we either don’t understand the benefits we will receive by doing so, or we think changing will require more of us than we are willing to give, even if it is for our own good. Today’s post is here to help solve both issues as it relates to healthy cleaning, and to empower you to make healthier changes for your family. I present to you Healthy Cleaning 101: The Basics of Nontoxic Cleaning.     THE PURPOSE OF HEALTHY CLEANING   So that we are all on the same page, let me share with you the overall purpose of healthy cleaning. In my opinion, adopting healthier cleaning habits has the sole purpose of improving the health of your family members. That’s it. The healthier the environment, the healthier the people that live in the environment will be.   THE BENEFITS OF HEALTHY CLEANING   Whenever I’m learning something new to implement in my life, the key to my follow-through is a full understanding of the benefits I will receive. In terms of healthy cleaning, the benefits are numerous.   Here are a few of the benefits your family will receive by

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TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH. WHY THE RESPONSIBILITY IS YOURS.

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH. WHY THE RESPONSIBILITY IS YOURS.

Before I entered college, I was very trusting. So trusting that in high school  I would leave my car keys to my 1995 Honda Civic in the ignition with the doors unlocked, overnight so that when I got ready to drive to school the next day I could just hop in and go. True story, ask my high school friends. Now, before you go judging me for my naïveté when it comes to safety (again, blaming the prefrontal cortex like when I got married 3 months into college), I’m sure if we talked long enough we could come up with a few ways you might be just as naive.  For instance, have you ever looked at a product touting an “all natural” claim, and thought it really was “all natural” and a great option for your family without ever considering what allows them to make such claims (the answer: barely anything)? And as one of my college professors stated in biology class, snake venom is all natural too. Doesn’t mean it won’t kill you. Furthermore, have you ever stopped to think about who you trust to keep your family healthy?  Are you like I was, just trotting along, hoping for

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HOW BECOMING A WIFE AND MOM IN COLLEGE IGNITED MY PASSION FOR YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH

HOW BECOMING A WIFE AND MOM IN COLLEGE IGNITED MY PASSION FOR YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH

I don’t know what your college experience was like, but I can assure you mine was completely different. In fact, I’m sure my experience was SO different from yours that you may think it’s some teenage novel that I’ve made up. I assure you its not. If you’ve read my about section, you have a general idea about why I started Pinch of Health. Thankfully, the blog has been experiencing steady growth so I wanted to check back in to let any newcomers know who I am and why I’m passionate about your family’s health.       COLLEGE The somewhat short version of my college experience is that I met my now-husband, Chris (the one that gave me a fright a few months ago), my freshman year at Spelman College in 2003 through a mutual friend. To be more specific, we met on a shuttle bus that picked students up to go to bible study. As a freshman at an all-girls school, I was actually looking forward to having no male-related drama for a little while and dating right away was not on the table..   Instead, I had plans to join student government as I had previously and had

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WHY A STEAM MOP IS YOUR BEST NONTOXIC FLOOR CLEANING SOLUTION

WHY A STEAM MOP IS YOUR BEST NONTOXIC FLOOR CLEANING SOLUTION

Last time I told you to never, ever use a Swiffer® again. If you missed it, you can read all the reasons why here. Several of you told me you either had a Swiffer®  or were planning to purchase one so I’m so happy that post was right on time.   But I did feel like I left you hanging a little bit because I didn’t tell you how to go about cleaning your floors in a chemical-free, non-toxic, but still easy and effective way. Those that have the Healthy Kitchen Guide already know what I recommend. Say hello to my little friend. The steam mop.   MEET THE STEAM MOP My number one recommendation for cleaning hard, sealed floors (think laminate, tile, vinyl, and sealed wood) is to use a steam mop. Steam mops work to clean your floors by using…you guessed it, steam. Many people are leery of not using chemicals to clean the germs off your floors and I get it. So now let me get a little more scientific to ease your worries.   HOW STEAM MOPS WORK Ever have a fever? A fever is your body’s way of increasing your body temperature in an effort

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NEVER USE A SWIFFER® IN YOUR HOME AGAIN

NEVER USE A SWIFFER® IN YOUR HOME AGAIN

Like most of you, I’m always on the lookout for anything that will help me keep my home clean. From reading books to purchasing new products, I’m on the hunt. Also like many of you, I too am guilty of following into the trap of excitement that happens when you think a product is the answer to your needs. For me, no product laid a better trap than the Swiffer® line of products. But this post is all about why I would never allow another one to enter my home. And obviously, I don’t encourage you to either. Let’s take a look.     WHY I CHOSE A SWIFFER® When I saw the Swiffer® Steam Mop and the Swiffer® WetJet being that I have two kids that are highly active and love playing outside (and who I just can’t seem to get to take their shoes off at the door consistently), this product was an easy purchase.   I mean, just look at the claim on their website.     While I’m sure none of you have such extreme tracks of mud on their floors, who wouldn’t want to “clean muddy messes with ease”?   So I set my sights on

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10 LAST MINUTE MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

10 LAST MINUTE MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

If you’re just now looking for a Mother’s Day present for a mother in your life (because now it’s the weekend and the pressure’s on), you’re in luck! I’ve compiled a list of great gift ideas that you can either pick up quickly or order online with quick delivery (thanks, Amazon Prime). I own many of these items and can attest to the joy they bring.     ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER In my last post I mentioned how an essential oil diffuser cancelled the need for chemical-laden candles. Here is the one I use. Cost is $29.95.     LE CREUSET COOKWARE In the Healthy Kitchen Guide, I give you the healthiest cookware options for your home. Cast iron is right there at the top and Le Creuset is the cream of the crop. I do not personally own one (yet!) due to their high price tag, but their cookware will last a lifetime. And, it’s Mother’s Day, so why not go all out for the one that always goes all out. 🙂  Macy’s currently having a sale, but you can find this brand almost anywhere cookware is sold.   HEALTHY KITCHEN GUIDE FULL PACKAGE Speaking of the Healthy Kitchen

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5 TIPS FOR LOVING YOUR HOME MORE

5 TIPS FOR LOVING YOUR HOME MORE

In the last post I shared 6 reasons it’s important to love your home. Click here to read that post. Today’s post is all about 5 ways that you can do just that!         PREPARE IT FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY LIKE YOU WOULD FOR COMPANY   When it comes to our kids, we wouldn’t dream of sending them out looking a hot mess. But for some reason, when it comes to our homes it is too easy to think that unless we’re having company it doesn’t matter how our homes look. Yet when we’re expecting guests, we pull out all the stops.   We make their beds just right, we clean the puppy’s wet nose smears off the windows, we organize the refrigerator and finally break down all those amazon boxes that have been slowly taking over. And while these are all commendable things to do for company, what pulling out all the stops for company only is honestly saying, is that your company’s comfort and satisfaction in your home is more important than that of yours or your family’s. I have definitely been guilty of feeling that way, even if only subconsciously. But after reading this

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6 REASONS IT’S IMPORTANT TO LOVE YOUR HOME

6 REASONS IT'S IMPORTANT TO LOVE YOUR HOME

I love two of dictionary.com’s definitions of home that says it’s a ‘place of refuge’ and ‘the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered’. I know sometimes the word domestic makes some people cringe as they imagine being on hands and knees scrubbing baseboards. But to me, those are both beautiful definitions of a home because they remind us that the home is a place that we are to take refuge and where all of our non work-related affections are centered.   Whether you live in an apartment, a townhouse, a flat or an estate, your home is a place where you should love and be loved, feel safe and foster great health for you and your family. Here are 6 reasons why.       PROTECTION FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLDYour home is the place you and your family go to escape the cares of the world. Whether at work, daycare, the grocery store or school, your family is faced with many uncertainties as it relates to their health and their happiness. Germs threaten their immune systems on a daily basis and daily stresses are ever-present. Your home however, is the environment in which they can truly take a

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A BOOK WORTH READING: THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP

A BOOK WORTH READING: THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP

Looking to read something life-changing? While on vacation in California with my hubby last week, I picked up this NY Times best seller and let me tell you, it has indeed began to change my life.   I am great when it comes to keeping up with health standards and maintaining a toxic-free environment. But I have to admit, when it comes to keeping the home perfectly tidy…I’m not as proficient.   Have you ever gone to clean something and then turn around hours later and find yourself cleaning the exact same thing (hello kitchen and kids’ rooms) all over again?   Or do you find yourself always in a tug of war between you and clutter? Laundry washed and dried…win for me, laundry remains unfolded and then somehow gets mixed in with dirty laundry so you have to wash everything all over again (you know…like I observed at someone else’s house 😉)…win for clutter.   Please, please, please do yourself and your family a favor and pick up this book. It was not only immensely helpful (and life-changing as it relates to keeping a tidier home) but it was also an entertaining read.        the life-changing magic of

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