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Be Green: Clean Green

Special Guest: Brian Clark Howard, Multimedia Journalist, Editor, Writer, Photographer and the Home and Eco-Tips Editor of The Daily Green

Description: Come fight the never-ending war on dirt, grime and germs in our homes - the GREEN way with Brian Clark Howard, editor of The Daily Green. Brian educates us about the arsenal of household products we use to clean and disinfect. Are they safe for us? What about for the Earth? And are there more eco-friendly alternatives? “Be Green” with us and find out more!

Duration: 40:04

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Show Index:

00:25 Intro: The War on Dirt
01:31 Why Clean Green?
03:40 Stick to the Basics
04:38 Market of "Green" Products
07:09 Homemade Cleaning Solutions
10:26 Reading Labels
15:09 About Brian Clark Howard
16:18 Listener: Recycling Caps
17:33 Really Bad Products to Avoid
24:02 Lemon, Vinegar & Baking Soda
28:09 What is Borax & Castille Soap?
31:01 Cleaning Hardwood Floors
31:36 Bleach and Ammonia
36:48 Closing Comments

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About Brian Clark Howard

Brian Clark Howard is a multimedia journalist, editor, writer and photographer based in New York City and Connecticut. He is currently the Home and Eco-Tips Editor of The Daily Green, the online home for the consumer's guide to the green revolution.

Before that, he spent five years as Managing Editor of E/The Environmental Magazine, the U.S.’s oldest, largest independent environmental magazine. Howard researched and wrote articles on a diverse range of topics, including 8,000-word cover stories, and worked on the publication’s website. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs and was a finalist for the 2005 Reuters/IUCN Environmental Media Awards for his cover story on the bottled water industry.

Howard has also written for Editor and Publisher Online, Connecticut Magazine, National Geographic's The Green Guide, Alternet, Fairfield County Weekly, Oceana, Clamor, NewAssignment.Net and Britain’s Ergo Living. He was the co-editor and co-author of the 2005 book Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth. Howard is also an active member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Howard earned an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, and holds a B.S. and B.A. in Geology and Biology from Indiana University in Bloomington, with minors in Art History, German and Western European Studies. In college, he conducted research on birds and wetland ecology and on Ordovician fossils.

Howard is originally from the Midwest (Michigan and Indiana), but now lives in coastal southwestern CT. Howard enjoys snowboarding, gardening, traveling, experiencing the outdoors and digesting many forms of media, especially music, films and his favorite TV shows, which include Six Feet Under, Lost, Weeds, Nip/Tuck and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is currently learning to dj.

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About the Book

This do-it-yourself guide makes it easy to upgrade residential and commercial lighting to reduce costs and environmental impact while maintaining or even improving the quality of the lighting. Filled with step-by-step instructions, Green Lighting shows you how to save money and energy with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), compact fluorescent lighting (CFL), solar lights, windows, skylights, fixtures, controls, and other bright ideas. Methods for calculating return on investment, plus recommended sources for energy-efficient products, are included in this practical resource. Green Lighting covers:

• Color temperature measurements
• In-depth details on the differences between LEDs and CFLs
• How utilities bill for electricity usage
• Comparing wattage and determining energy savings
• ENERGY STAR® ratings
• Purchasing appropriate bulbs, fixtures, and sensors
• Developing a comprehensive green lighting plan for your entire home, office, or commercial environment
• Incandescent, halogen, and gas-discharge lighting
• Solar and next-generation lighting

Our Favorite Green Cleaning Tips

1. Brian's Household Cleaning Tips
Read Never Pay for Household Cleansers Again. Make your own non-toxic cleansers with these simple recipes for cheap green cleaning.

2. Jen's Furniture Polish Tip
One very effective wood polish is salad dressing. Just mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice and apply it sparingly to your furniture using a soft cloth. Buff until dry. You can also use the store-bought mayo or salad dressing from your fridge! The combination gives your wood furniture a nice smell and a sparkling shine.

3. Vicky's Shower Tile Tip
Try this mixture to create a cleaner that will get most any soap scum built up on tile: 1 cup salt, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar. Mix these ingredients together to create a paste and rub them on with a non-abrasive sponge.

As Discussed on Show

Seventh Generation
Seventh Generation is committed to becoming the world's most trusted brand of authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home.

Natural All Purpose Cleaner
As recommended by Brian, an all-around-the-home cleaner that effectively cleans and degreases hard surfaces both inside and outside your home.

Orange Glo
As recommended by Brian, "mother nature's own powerful cleaner".

Helpful Green Clean Stuff
(Sites, Books & Articles)