Today we're giving away 2 copies of The Joy Of Green Cleaning, by Leslie Reichert, also known as "The Cleaning Coach." My husband and I are always looking at ways to "green" up our lives even more, and getting greener with our cleaning habits is something we'd love to do -- so I was excited to take a closer look at Leslie's book.
This book is great if you want to get away from harsh chemicals and nasty side-effects, while still getting your home and belongings squeaky clean. The recipes are simple, yet effective. The insights into making the switch to the Green Side make me think that we'll be able to institute this in our home life effortlessly.
Recently, Leslie stopped by our office to visit with Jeanne and share some tips (scroll down to watch the video), and I sent Leslie some interview questions. Here's what she had to say:
From reading your book I know that you've been cleaning the "green" way for a long time. What got you to switch from the usual harsh chemicals and opt to clean the natural way?
I actually owned a very large housekeeping service in MA. We cleaned 100-150 houses a week and would use WHAT-EVER we could so we could clean quickly. One of those products was fiberglass boat cleaner (very yucky stuff and no longer available) after using it I found that when I got a cold it would turn into a very nasty infection that would take months to get rid of. Once I put the cleaner together with my lack of resistance I switched to greener products.
"Green" cleaning is far more commonplace now than it was even five years ago. When you first went green did you find it hard to get information or products you needed in order to clean naturally?
Yes, which is where the book came from. I found my great grandmothers laundry soap and gave it a try - and it really worked. I did more research and found that these old recipes work and by adding some essential oils we can make cleaning just a little bit more fun. I also enjoy trying new products all the time. Technology is catching up with green cleaning too.
You have an obvious passion for cleaning the natural way. Do your family and friends share that same passion or are you still working on converting them?
My family is on board- my younger daughter is actually doing a science project comparing traditional cleaners to green cleaners (so far I'm winning :-)
My friends are converting slowly too. Once anyone really gives it a try, they become advocates- it really can make a world of difference to your health as well as your family and pets' health too.
You have a number of "recipes" for cleaning solutions in your book. Do you have one that's a favorite, or is there one product that stands out above the rest in your eyes?
My heart is in the laundry soap - the picture in the book is my great-grandmother holding my grandmother - but one that I like to make for people when I'm speaking is the green scrub. It is so easy and can be used so many places- I give everyone a sample and challenge them to give it a try. TaDa- it definitely converts them. I had one lady that heard me talk last week and when I saw her at another event she couldn't stop telling everyone how clean her toilet was after using my scrub (mind you we were at a fashion show at a Country Club discussing her toilet, tee hee)
You have a pretty large Twitter following. What do you like best about the social media side of what you do?
I'm having fun making new contacts that I would never have made before - all over the world too. I have a chef in Milan, Italy that I love giving green cleaning advice too - thank goodness he can speak English, and lots of people on the West Coast. People are really having fun following my 20 day count down to clean, green holidays.
When Leslie sent me her responses, she asked if I'd like to hear about her daughter's science fair project. Of course I did! Here is what she had to share about that:
My daughter's project is coming out really amazing. She compared traditional cleaners, green cleaners, technology and homemade and so far the green products are working better. She stained a T shirt with ketchup, mustard, & cough syrup and a green laundry soap did better than the commercial ones. Also, in the picture below she stained a white carpet with spaghetti sauce then used a green stain remover, steam, a commercial cleaner and bleach - the bleach took the "white" color out and made it look gray, and the green cleaner worked the best!
The numbers on picture: 1. Commercial cleaner 2. Green cleaner 3. Bleach 4. Steam
Not only was Leslie so gracious as to answer my questions and film a video at the Daily Grommet offices, she's given us 2 copies of her book, The Joy of Green Cleaning, to give away. TO ENTER: Leave a comment or question for Leslie - the winners will be randomly drawn at the end of the day.
General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U. S. resident, and at least 18 years of age and you must leave a comment or question for Leslie. No purchase necessary. The two winners will be randomly selected and will receive a copy of the book "The Joy of Green Cleaning." Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited. Contest will run from 9am EST through 10pm EST January 8, 2010.