About the Queen of Green

If you've ever wondered how to "green" your cleaning routine with products that work, and within your budget, you need Lindsay Coulter, David Suzuki's Queen of Green, in your life.

Lindsay offers regular do-it-yourself tips and advice, eco-friendly cleaning recipes and how-to videos that will help you green up your clean up.

She'll show you simple ways that will make you — and the planet — healthier.

You can find Lindsay on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. She also writes a weekly column in Metro news.

Lindsay Comes Clean

I haven't bought laundry soap in four years. I make the stuff. It only costs about a buck a litre and takes me 20 minutes out of my busy planet-saving life each month. Was I always like this? Heck, no.

I grew up using the same name-brand household cleaners you did (or still do). My home was filled with (artificial) scents of ocean breeze and vanilla thanks to my trusty air fresheners, dryer sheets, soaps, and detergents!

But all that changed when I realized many common household cleaning products are made with chemicals classified as toxic or hazardous to our health, and the planet's. And learning that almost half of Canadian women (1 in 2.6) are expected to develop cancer over their lifetimes inspired me to reduce my exposure to known or potential cancer-causing chemicals.

Most home cleaning can be accomplished with ingredients safe enough to eat — baking soda, olive oil, white vinegar, salt, and lemons. I thought, "This is a no brainer!"

Today, I make my own household cleaners with less- and non-toxic ingredients. I'm cleaning up my act because I wanted to live a healthier, happier life. You can too!

Lindsay Coulter
Lindsay Coulter

Here's the dirt. You've probably been in a long term relationship with your home cleaners. But they may not be the safest, healthiest choice for you and your family.

I've rid my home of chemical cleaners and you can too! Take my cleaning advice (also on Facebook and Twitter).

Poll

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