Queen of Green archives

  • Photo: Avoid antibacterials with triclosan: make your own soap

    Avoid antibacterials with triclosan: make your own soap

    March 9, 2011

    Our increasing obsession with avoiding germs could be making us sick. I call it the antibacterial crazy train. One way to get off this unwieldy locomotive — make soap! More »

  • Photo: Some dirt on green cleaning

    Some dirt on green cleaning

    March 7, 2011

    My personal journey to an earth-friendlier home just hit a bump in the road. The Environmental Working Group has challenged one of my long-standing DIY faves: borax. More »

  • Photo: Shopping with your dukes up

    Shopping with your dukes up

    February 28, 2011

    Remember when the only prep for grocery shopping was checking the flyers for sales? Now we're on the alert for toxics, GMOs, and greenwashing. What if there were just safer products on the shelves? You can help make that happen. More »

  • Photo: A better sense of scents

    A better sense of scents

    February 22, 2011

    Champions of fragrance propose keeping smell inside a "scent-circle" about an arm's length from the body. But what happens when your scent-circle overlaps with my scent-circle and I'm left with a headache? More »

  • Photo: Secret ingredients stink

    Secret ingredients stink

    February 16, 2011

    Secret ingredients used to scent products like deodorant, shampoo, dryer sheets, and air freshener may actually be hazardous to your health, and the planet's. You have a right to know what's in the products you use on your body or in your home. More »

  • Photo: Show the planet some love

    Show the planet some love

    February 7, 2011

    Whether you're a hopeless romantic or see Valentine's Day as just a greeting-card holiday, there are lots of ways to love the planet (and the ones you're with) on February 14th and beyond. More »

  • Photo: Light up your life

    Light up your life

    January 31, 2011

    If you're reading this, chances are you've switched many of your incandescent light bulbs for more efficient and long-lived CFLs. But I've learned that one kind of bulb isn't the perfect fit for every socket. More »

  • Photo: What the phth? Safer kids' toys just a baby step.

    What the phth? Safer kids' toys just a baby step.

    January 24, 2011

    Phthalates. Hard to say but finally banned from children's soft vinyl toys as of June 2011. (For the record, it's pronounced thal-ate.) Mainly used as plasticizers, these were added to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to make products flexible. 'Cause who wants a square rubber ducky? More »

  • Photo: The dish on dishwasher soap

    The dish on dishwasher soap

    January 18, 2011

    Phosphates in laundry detergents during the '60s and '70s might have had our mothers seeing whiter whites, but they also turned our streams, rivers and lakes green. Last year a ban on phosphates was introduced for a product you may not have even realized contained phosphates. More »

  • Photo: New Year's resolve: clean up your trash habits

    New Year's resolve: clean up your trash habits

    January 6, 2011

    January is not known as trash season, though your garbage collector might disagree. This year, ring in the New Year by changing the way you throw things out. More »