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S Guide to Healthy Cleaning

S Guide to Healthy Cleaning
EWG to Remove Certification Score Boost Date posted: 2019-02-15 After careful consideration, EWG has decided to adjust our scoring methods to remove the score boost we give products that have obtained Green Seal and Ecologo certification. These certifications remain robust indicators of healthier and more environmentally friendly products compared to conventional counterparts but we no longer view the score boost as necessary or warranted. We implemented the original score boost for products with these certifications in 2012 because the majority of companies at the time were not publicly disclosing most or even any ingredients. Of particular concern for EWG is that a number of the ingredients that may be used within Green Seal and Ecologo products are at odds with our opinion of their hazard profile, including those for quaternary ammonium compounds (quats), ester quats, and isothiazolinones. Please direct any questions or comments you have regarding this notice to Related:  Quotidiana

Unicode Character Finder The best way to get familiar with the Unicode Character Finder is to play with it - type in the boxes, push the buttons and see where they lead you. The paragraphs below describe the available features. The character preview area is intially blank. You can (1) click in the left-hand box; (2) type a character or copy & paste from another window; and (3) view the character properties on the right. The Code point number (eg: U+00E7) uniquely identifies the character in the Unicode code charts. The character Description comes from the Unicode character database. The HTML entity is one form you can use to represent the character in the source of an HTML page. The UTF-8 numbers are hex-encoded bytes of the codepoint expressed in UTF-8. The UTF-16 numbers are hex-encoded short (2 byte) integers of the codepoint expressed in UTF-16. The Character block is the descriptive name for the group of characters that this one belongs to. A number of different types of searches are possible: ?

3 easy homemade fabric softener recipes It is my ultimate goal to make, from scratch, any and every cleaning product that I use. And so far I’m almost there! I make all my kitchen and bathroom cleansers from various combinations of baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax, washing soda, and castile soap. I already make my own laundry soap, but one thing I hadn’t yet found a recipe for was homemade fabric softener. I recently set about researching homemade alternatives to store bought softeners, and what I discovered is that there are three main options. 1) The simplest of all the results is a single-ingredient “recipe,” and it’s one word I know very well: vinegar. 2) The second recipe is only a bit more complex, and employs my other very favorite DIY cleaning companion, baking soda. Now, before you get all Chem 101 on me, yes, I know — this is an acid-base reaction that results in the formation of CO2 and H2O (carbon dioxide and water). 3) The final recipe seems to be the most popular around the Net. Related stories on MNN:

35mm Film Scanner Roundup | BH inDepth It's been a while since darkrooms have played an integral part in the art and craft of taking pictures, professional or otherwise. Enlargers, sinks, chemicals, safelights, print tongs, and makeshift doo-dads for burning and dodging have long been replaced by app-enhanced smartphones, tablets, Wi-Fi enabled you-name-its, and desktop printers... wireless, of course. While all this technology is marvelous and, more often than not, fun to use, it also means an untold number of slides and negatives taken by the previous generation or two may never see the light of day, let alone an enlarger bulb or slide-projector lamp. And considering how culturally ingrained image sharing has become over recent years, it's ironic that many of these pictures may never be shared. "...the end results are greatly determined by the level of sophistication of the scanner's optical system and, equally important—the sophistication of the scanning software." Entry-Level Film Scanners (less than $100)

How to clean your house with only 1 product When it comes to household products, whether it's toothpaste or window cleaner, I'll readily admit to being a pragmatist. The product has to work, first and foremost. If it doesn't, I don't care how natural or sweet-smelling or biodegradable it is, nor how much the manufacturer boosts wages in developing nations. That's all great stuff, but what's the point if the product doesn't get the job done? At the same time, pragmatic thinking leans toward an optimized approach to housecleaning and the simple idea that one cleaner is better than three ... or 12. Why I chose Mrs. To be honest, she wasn't my first choice. Best in show What impressed me most about Clean Day was not only how well-rounded it was as a cleaner but also how consistently it outperformed several other cleaners I typically use (yeah right, like I hire a Denver area house cleaner). Results with the bathroom sinks were similar. Custom blend The liquid formula of Clean Day calls for 1/4 cup of soap for 1 gallon of water.

Trim Painting Tips - Article Careful sanding is the key to a perfect job 1 of 1 Sand all moldings Smooth all rough spots with sandpaper. If your woodwork is smooth, just give it a once-over with 120-grit sandpaper. Caution! If your home was built before 1979, check the paint for lead. Fill holes and dents Fill all holes Fill holes with spackling compound using a flexible putty knife. To repair large dents or gouges on edges that are vulnerable to abuse, use hardening-type two-part wood filler (Minwax High Performance Wood Filler is one brand). Shine a strong light across the woodwork to highlight depressions and ensure that you don’t miss any spots as you’re applying the filler. Caulk for a seamless look Caulk all cracks Squeeze caulk into every gap and crack. Here’s a step that many beginners don’t know about but pros swear by. Spot-prime to avoid blotches Prime bare wood and filled areas Brush a stain-blocking primer over bare wood and filled areas to prevent spotting when you paint later. Add an extender to latex paint

Homemade laundry detergent There are a number of reasons to take the plunge and try your hand at homemade laundry detergent. You just finished your bottle of store bought detergent, there’s a fierce snowstorm raging outside, your baby just spit up, and you happen to have a box of borax lying around.A chatty friend is dropping by and you want him or her to spread the word that your green efforts go beyond recycling newspapers and beer bottles.There’s only one 20 dollar bill left in your wallet and you’d rather save it for a rainy day than blow it on laundry detergent. Whatever the reason, making your own batch of laundry detergent is light on the wallet, gentle on clothing, and great for the environment. All you need to do is collect three simple ingredients and a few kitchen items to make a powder or liquid detergent, safe for both front and top loading machines (it produces very low sudsing action). Here’s the breakdown of the ingredients in homemade laundry detergent and their function: Powdered Laundry Detergent

Flooring from Carpet One Floor & Home Green cleaning recipes Like most people who like to cook, and even some who just like to eat, you’ve probably got stacks of cookbooks on the shelves full of awesome recipes for foods of all kinds. But when you’re looking to cook up some non-edibles, things can get a little trickier. We’ve gathered up some of the best green cleaning recipes out there to clean and conquer almost anything life can throw at you. These recipes will help you save money on commercial products, personalize the smell of your cleaners, and insure that you don’t harm your family with unhealthy chemicals. Nontoxic green cleaning kit: If you’re ready to take the plunge and prepare a whole slew of green cleaners, here are some step-by-step instructions using a short list of simple ingredients. Porcelain and tile cleaner: This recipe from The Daily Green tackles tile using three basic pantry staples — baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar — to get rid of soap scum and mildew and make your tiles shine like new.

Lovely Cat House: A Playground for Cat If you are a cat lover and happens to raise a lots of cat at home, you probably need to check the house design featured here. The Cats’ House designed by Japanese architecture firm Fauna +DeSIGN was built for the owners 16 cats (and 5 canines). It has every kind of climbing and perching structure a feline family could ever dream of, all integrated beautifully into a modern interior. There appears to be great attention to detail throughout the house. Rounded corners throughout, bookcase steps, tunnels, skylights, ceiling catwalks and a floor to ceiling scratching post make this possibly the coolest pet-centric home we’ve ever seen. There are many more photos at as well as some videos of the cats enjoying their home. Thank You for Reading Our Posts. Share this post:Follow our updates:Read related posts on our site:Leave us a Comment: 2 Responses already, click here to leave your comment.

Finding Ingredient Information Isn’t Easy...
Unlike manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products, companies that make cleaning products are not required to list the ingredients they put in their formulations on the package, bottle or box. This lack of disclosure can make it almost impossible for consumers to find the safest products.
EWG’s research team took multiple steps to get the most up-to-date and accurate ingredient information, which typically required scouring more than one source. And for the majority of the products in EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, there was no way to get a complete list of every ingredient. The industry says that’s because the details of its formulations are proprietary trade secrets, and it insists that the products are safe based on testing data that is not available to the public.
...So glad someone is doing this and publishing results! by mojojuju Jan 31