Decluttering the Eco-Friendly Way: Tips for Environmentally Friendly Cleaning



Decluttering a home that’s overrun with the flotsam of daily life is an excellent way to create a clean and orderly home environment. Unfortunately, getting rid of junk means introducing it into the natural environment, including loading up landfills, expelling toxic material into the atmosphere, and sapping precious natural resources. Enhanced environmental awareness among homeowners and a renewed appreciation of nature’s gifts have led many people to seek eco-friendly ways of discarding household material. Today, dragging old mattresses to the dump and using bleach and other harmful liquids to clean are giving way to healthier, safer alternatives.

Recycling the Big Stuff

Appliances are a major problem when it comes to disposal because of their size and composition. Unfortunately, people often throw them out because they’re upgrading to a newer, better-looking model, not because they’ve stopped working. This throw-away mentality lies at the root of many environmental issues we’re grappling with today. If that trusty old microwave or refrigerator has looked better, donate it to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity rather than sending it to the landfill. You can also wait for a community scrap metal drive or post it on a free-exchange website like Freecycle. When it comes to bedding and furniture padding, many people are unaware that these materials can be reused. Look for textile drop-off points in your community, or look for a clothing and textile recycling facility nearest you.

Electronics and “e-waste” represent one of the greatest threats to the environment. Last year, more than 44 million tons of e-waste were discarded, according to the United Nations, but only 20 percent of it was disposed of responsibly and safely. Many of these products contain heavy metals like mercury, lead, and cadmium. Consider donating old cell phones, keyboards, and tablets to a local non-profit or charity or to organizations like Dell Reconnect or the World Computer Exchange, which refurbish and donate electronics to people in developing countries.

Embrace the “Cloud”

Old photos and documents can create a tremendous amount of clutter because they tend to accumulate with alarming rapidity. Fortunately, technology and the storage miracle known as “the cloud” makes it very easy to remove all those loose papers and pictures with a few clicks of your computer mouse. Simply scan photos and documents and upload them to secure digital storage space. That frees you to take it all to a shredder and free up your drawer space. Be sure to consult a tax accountant before you dispose of something you might need to keep a hard copy of.

Green Clean

Cleaning your home with products that contain toxic materials is not only bad for the environment, but it’s also unhealthy for you and your family and can cause problems over time. When people clean using products and methods that are free of toxic or unsafe materials, and that are safe for the environment and human health, it is called green cleaning. There are many environmentally safe, eco-friendly cleaning products on the market today that are as effective as anything you’ve ever used. You can also use natural household materials, like vinegar or baking soda, for a number of cleaning needs. Avoid bleach and ammonia, which emit fumes that can cause respiratory problems and are toxic pollutants. Instead of aerosols, use an essential oil like lavender or lemons to get rid of odors.

Decluttering your home can be a freeing experience that opens up new vistas of practical and aesthetic possibilities. Decluttering the eco-friendly way takes a little extra effort. It’s as much an investment in your health as it is a means of protecting our environment.


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7 Things You Do for Your Dog That You Wouldn’t Do for Anyone Else



Dogs, we love them and they love us. If you are a mommy or a daddy to a pet dog then you know you would do certain things for them that you wouldn’t for anybody. Why? Because your dog is cute, and it knows nothing else other than to love you unconditionally.

You Clean up Their Poop:  Can you imagine doing this for anyone else? Millions of dog parents worldwide take their dogs out for walks and happily clean up after them. Maybe not happily, but they do it anyways. Thank god for biodegradable poop bags and poop scoopers.




You Spend Hours Finding Things for Them on the Internet:  One of the many joys of pet parenting is constantly browsing the net to find discount pet items such as treats and toys. In fact, if you are like most dog parents, this has become a thing that you have grown to love.

You Keep on Making Awful Songs for Them: Your spouse or significant other may appreciate you making songs for them, but all you do is make silly rhymes for your dog. Your dogs may not understand a single word, but they seem mighty happy when they see you sing. They might even join the band by howling along.

You Carry Food in Your Pocket:  Every time you go out with your dog, you prepare a little goodie bag for your dog. By “goodie” we mean dog treats and by “bag” we mean your pocket. While your dog enjoys an occasional outdoor snack, you have to deal with a pocket full of biscuit crumbs. You wouldn’t do it for anyone else.

You Crowd Your Phone’s Memory with Their Photos: Your phone’s memory is a sacred space where only the most deserving apps and photos retain their right to survive. If your phone has limited space, you often need to go on clean-up sprees, deleting everything you find remotely nonessential. Yet you never think of deleting any one of those thousands of doggie photos and selfies that are crowding your phone’s memory. Now, that’s love.

You Inspect Their Poop for Signs of Intestinal Worms: There are times when pet parents are forced to closely inspect their dogs’ poop. They often do it because vets recommend them to keep an eye out for common intestinal worms such as tapeworms and roundworms. If that wasn’t enough, you might even need to collect the smelly sample and carry it to your vet’s office.

Instantly Forgiving Serious Offenses: From chewing on your expensive leather boots to peeing on important documents, dogs seem to always find new ways to get into trouble. Their curious nature coupled with their mischievous demeanors often causes irrecoverable damages to human property. What follows after something like that happens? You start making a YouTube video of the mess with you saying, “What did you do Max?” Max responds appropriately giving you the guiltiest expression ever. You have no option but to forgive your pet almost instantly.



I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Kids will have a BLAST on the GOTRAX HOVERFLY ECO Hoverboard



I was very intrigued when Hoverboards first came out. They sound so fun and were very cool to look at. My kids were still little so I knew I wasn’t going to get one right away. With my oldest now almost 10, she has been asking about Hoverboards since some of her friends have them. We were very excited to review the GOTRAX HOVERFLY ECO Hoverboard.



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Few hoverboards can boast the power and seamlessness provided by the GOTRAX HOVERFLY. The dual 250W motors combined with the space-age gyroscopic self-balancing electric scooter technology create a smooth and controlled hoverboard riding experience.


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When you receive your Hoverboard, it will come in a really fun designed box my daughter loved. The hoverboard will be inside,  a charger, protective bumpers, commander’s manual, and the quick launch galaxy guide. The overboard weighs about 23 lbs. The hoverboard comes in 7 colors. I decided to get the Neptune Blue which to me is just like a really pretty “baby blue.”

The hoverboard came fully charged, which was a plus since my kids wanted to try it out right away! We read over the quick launch galaxy guide and put the hoverboard into training mode. We have a very large downstairs living area, so she tried it on the carpet first incase she fell. Make sure your child has a helmet, knee and elbow pads when they are using the hoverboard. It does take a bit to balance on it when you first try it out. I held her hand until she figured how to balance properly. It only took her an hour or so to learn how to balance and ride herself. We have had it a week now and she uses it every day! It is super easy for kids and adults to use.

The minimum weight limit is 44 pounds and the max is 220 pounds. Perfect for children and adults to have fun. I know my husband loves it!

Before I decided to review this product, I did some research to make sure this hoverboard didn’t have any fire or safety issues. All of the electrical, battery, and charger systems are tested and certified to UL 2272 safety standard guides. 

This would make an out of this world birthday gift or holiday gift for any child or adult! The GOTRAX HOVERFLY is on sale right now for $179.00.


You can purchase this awesome Hoverboard from GOTRAX or Amazon.

PRIME DAY is coming up on 7/16! Use the code 15mommyworks for 15% off all gotrax electronic rideables until July 21st!

*I received a product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. 


My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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