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Our guest goes bananas for green cleaning (literally).

You know how there are some people you just click with? Well, Leslie Reichert is one of those people for me. I first met her on Twitter and was instantly swept up in her stories about her great-grandmother and her passion for simple, low-cost green cleaning.  Of course, we decided to feature her book - The Joy of Green Cleaning -- and in the process, Daily Grommet made a great friend whose expertise has come in handy again and again. For today's Grommet, she joins Joanne to share our latest discovery (Spoiler alert:  Leslie gives away the name of today's Grommet in her guest post below, but I figured it was ok to give you a sneak peek just an hour before it launches!).

Leslie Reichert is Daily Grommet's guest for today's green cleaning product reviewBehind the Scenes at Daily Grommet, by Leslie Reichert 

Yesterday I was doing what I usually do on a Sunday – trying to get a head start on my home before the busyness of the week overwhelms me. Right in the middle of scrubbing my kitchen sink, my email pinged me. I knew I should ignore it, but since I’m curious by nature, I had to go see who wanted me. It was my friends at the Daily Grommet, inviting me to write a blog post to go along with today’s Grommet. I had a choice:  continue on with my cleaning or write for you. I chose writing over cleaning! The dirt’s not going anywhere and I figured catching up would give me something to do today…. :)

So let me share with you what it’s like to find two companies that are helping people like you learn how to green your cleaning. When the Daily Grommet called and asked me to be their “cleaning expert” and participate in some of their product features, I was so excited! The Grommet’s headquarters is about an hour away from me, so it was like having a neighbor call and ask for a hand cleaning their home.  Even better was when they told me our first segment was going to be a product called Eco-Me. I’ve known this company for years and it’s one of the best tools to help people start mixing their own cleaners. You can’t ask for a better DIY kit for green cleaning than their starter kit -- tune in at noon and you'll see what I mean. 

So off I went to The Daily Grommet to show the camera and all of you this great product that will be your first step in learning that mixing your own cleaners can be good for you, your family and the environment. If you decide to give it a try I’d love to hear what you think.

And while you’re at it, let me know your favorite recipe for cleaning by posting them in the comments here. I’m in the middle of my second book right now and if you have a great green recipe with a story to go with it, I’ll include you in my book! So share those stories about some “green” tricks that really work.

My all time favorite:  using the inside of a banana peel to polish leather shoes. That’s right, the inside of the peel has an oil that leaves your leather shoes looking like you used polish. Just buff them with a shoe brush or microfiber cloth and you’re all set. Okay, there’s my favorite. Let’s hear yours!


  • joanne Says:

    Hi Leslie...speaking of cleaning shoes. I remember my mother using vaseline to clean my patent leathers. Do you have any suggestions for polishing silver?

  • Leslie, the cleaning coach Says:

    I sure do! Toothpaste! It's save and easy. I also use it to take stains off my countertop. It's so safe and easy!

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