Green spring cleaning tips

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Green spring cleaning tips

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn -- Now that Spring is finally here, it's time for that annual seasonal cleaning.  The EarthSmart Consumer Kim Carlson appeared on KARE News@4 to share some ideas that can save money and promote a healthier lifestyle.

Choose safe and environmentally friendly cleaners. Glass cleaner from Restore Naturals is a great way to make your windows shine. Try a new eco gadget that ionizes water without using any soap or cleaning solution found at Moss Envy If hiring cleaners, make sure they are green like Green Clean maid service.

Make your own home-made natural cleaners. Use toothpaste to polish your silver. Or, try this recipe from Journey Inn for an all-purpose cleaner they use: Fill spray bottle with 1/3 white vinegar, a tablespoon of natural soap (e.g. Bronners), 10-30 drops of essential oil (e.g. spearmint, peppermint, lemon), then some water. Shake before using.

Get rid of household pests safely. has safe and effective bed bug remover, rodent repellent and a yellow jacket trap for those summer picnics.

Think recycle and re-use when you clean out closets and drawers. Have a garage sale, or donate items you are no longer using. Bring items that you no longer use Arcs Value Village. Help the earth, and help raise funds for people with disabilities.

Living a healthier, safer and more sustainable life can be easy, and it can save you money. 

Living Green Expo -- May 7-8 at the State Fairgrounds) is the one place in Minnesota to learn about all the latest in products, services and information to help you live greener.

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