Green @ Home: Jennifer's Natural Cleaners

Green @ Home: Jennifer's Natural Cleaners

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 21, 2008

Did you know that everyone who enters Green @ Home is getting a free gift from Ecover and may win fancy organic sheets from Raksha Bella? Enter now below...

Name: Jennifer T.
Location: Bra, Italy (Yep, it is really called Bra, but I'm from Nashville, TN)
Profession: Environmental Practices Program Coordinator, The University of Gastronomic Sciences

Green Move #1: I use baking soda and vinegar around my apartment for a variety of chores - to clean the tub and sink of my bathroom and the kitchen, I just sprinkle on some soda, followed by a dash of vinegar and scrub them clean...

posted originally from: AT:New York

Green Move #1:

Rinse with hot water and that's it! Nothing cleans mirrors better than vinegar and newspaper, and baking soda and vinegar are great to unclog drains. Before I moved to Italy I even used them to wash my hair (unfortunately the water is too hard where I now live and leaves my hair feeling a bit crusty). Even with my curly hair, I found the soda and vinegar to be gentler than shampoos - I didn't even need to use conditioner!

Biggest Challenge/Frustration:

Food scraps, argh. I collect organic waste from my kitchen and put it into the city's collection bins, but I am pretty sure they don't end up actually being composted - I've seen them dump organic waste with the rest of the garbage. I would like to be able to compost at home, but currently don't have access to an outdoor area or space inside to host worms.


This is a photo of a typical house on the island of Formentera. My long term goal is to own an agriturismo - which is like a bed and breakfast, located on a working farm. I would want to make it as environmentally friendly as possible and use it to educate guests about making changes in their own lives. I don't necessarily want it to be located on Formentera, but found inspiration for my idea while I was there.



Please send us photos and info on how you live green@home. This is not a contest, just a way to build up an AT inspirational database of sorts on how real folks are living greener at home.

Simple, straightforward ideas are welcome, like how you deal with your recycling bin in a small kitchen, and so are ambitious projects - like your amazing green roof. We hope to have a big archive of ideas to inspire us all by the end of the month.


6-26-ecover1.jpg6-26-ecover3.gifIn exchange for sharing your green@home ideas, Ecover will reward the first 100 ApartmentTherapy readers, who submit photo/essays demonstrating ways in which their lives are green, with their choice of Ecover Liquid Laundry detergent, Ecover Dishwashing Liquid, or Ecover Glass & Surface spray cleaner. Each of the first 100 will also receive Ecover Heavy Duty hand cleanser.

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