The Honest Company-Jessica Alba Honest Company
3.26.12

All month long we’ve been honored to have The Honest Company as our guest editors. Co-founders Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan have told us all about their new company, Honest.com, shared their top tips to create a healthy nursery, and shared vital information about how to reduce radiation and pollutants in the house. For their final installation as our March guest editors, Christopher and Jessica are giving us one more reason to love us: One lucky reader will get 3 months-worth of Honest.com’s Essential Kit. That includes a month’s worth of non-toxic bath & skin and household cleaning products for your entire family. Here’s how you win: Just tell us in the comments of this story what your most useful cleaning tip is and the one that has us saying “a-ha!” the loudest will win the Honest goods!

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  1. Maybe this is just laziness and might have more to do with minimizing clutter when I have a deficit of time, but I stopped folding the baby’s clothes!

    Elizabeth | 03.26.2012 | Reply
  2. My favorite useful household cleaning tip is using the morning’s left-over coffee grounds to clean the super-greasy pan after frying up bacon or prosciutto…. the grounds are a slightly abrasive scouring agent so they clean up stuck on bits pretty well! in addition with the coffee grounds, a squeeze of lemon in there also helps to cut down on how much dish soap is used to get the oily pan clean.

  3. After using the garbage disposal, put in lemon or orange rinds to freshen up the sink!

    Adele | 03.26.2012 | Reply
  4. Simmer a mix of water, lemon, rosemary and vanilla to create an inviting home fragrance without chemicals….and it makes the house smell amazing!

    Donna F. | 03.26.2012 | Reply
  5. Easy clean windows: Need two microfiber cloths, one wet one dry. Wipe window down with warm wet cloth, then wipe dry with dry cloth. No chemicals, no streaks!

    Becca | 03.27.2012 | Reply
  6. This is an amazing giveaway! In an effort to cut down on the use of paper towels, we have a towel and washcloth demotion plan. When a washcloth or teatowel begins to wear, we clip a corner and use it for dusting, wiping grubby toddler hands, and cleaning household surfaces. When it’s really past its prime, we clip another corner and use it for toilets.

  7. Run vinegar ice cubes and baking soda in your kitchen sink disposal to clean it out and freshen it up.

  8. Vinegar and water as a glass and surface cleaner and baking soda paste to clean tough bathroom dirt.

    Christine | 03.27.2012 | Reply
  9. Lemon halves! Best way to naturally clean that dirty sink/bathroom.

    kristina snow | 03.28.2012 | Reply
  10. I keep the house clean by having a chore chart. I started one for my daughter to make sure all her toys got put away before bed and realized how well it works. I then made one for myself that includes daily chores like washing dishes and weekly chores like cleaning the bathroom. Since weekly chores are spread out throughout the week I only spend a little amount of time cleaning up each day and the house stays much cleaner.

    Becky | 03.28.2012 | Reply
  11. I am all for Clutter Free/Clean House :)
    One thing I do every morning while getting dressed is check my nightstand or dresser top and pick three to five items to toss out (ticket stubs, empty perfume bottles, for example). I clean the phone with an alcohol-based wipe and go through one drawer in my dresser, weeding out items I no longer wear or want.
    And before I go to bed, I do a fast pickup: Put remote controls in a basket, tidy newspapers and loose papers or put them in the trash, clean off the coffee table, plump pillows and fold throws.
    These little tips are great and I can feel like I sleep better and can go about my day knowing that I am Clutter free making me have a bit less stress

    Monica Navarro | 03.28.2012 | Reply
  12. My best cleaning tip is to keep everything organized with appropriate containers:
    We keep baskets at the top & bottom of the stairs plus 1 in the living room for items that don’t belong there . That way when someone’s going to another room they just take the basket along – no searching or special trips required. (This works especially well for my 10 year old daughter since her room is upstairs & the living areas are downstairs.)
    We have a catch-all toy box in our living room, so toys that are usually played with in there have a home other than the floor.
    We keep a trash can in every room & a trash bowl on the kitchen counter (plus a separate composting bowl). It’s easier to throw things away when you don’t have to go far to do it!
    All of these containers keep things organized & easier to deal with, but we don’t feel like we’re spending all of our time cleaning up (it literally takes 1 minute each night to clean our living room & toss everything into the appropriate bins).

    Cynthia M. | 03.28.2012 | Reply
  13. Living in our 650 sq. ft condo with my husband, 2 corgi dogs and adopting a newborn baby boy in the upcoming year make us live extremely efficient and clean. Once a month, we “edit” our clothes, books & “stuff” and donate any excess to our local charity or donation center. Any of the magazines we finish reading are passed along to family members or other friends. It’s also nice to donate them to the local hospitals for more current reading for any patients. We also reuse any old bathroom towels and turn them into dusting or housekeeping cloths. They’re also great to use to wipe off the dogs’ feet when they’re done going on walks outside. We also love putting used lemon & orange rinds down the garbage disposal to keep it smelling fresh. We’re also growing fresh lavender in our community garden plot that will be fun to hang in our clothes closet to keep it smelling fresh too and the basil we grew this summer is frozen in our freezer and we throw in several leafs to any pasta sauce we make to give us an extra fresh taste. Also, you can reuse your empty Pressed Juicery bottles to store any of your homemade cleaning solutions under the sink or if your dogs are misbehaving, put some almonds in an empty Pressed Juicery bottle and give it a quick shake to stop them. The sound usually surprises them and keeps you and your neighbors happy. LOL Many different ways to help keep reusing items to keep your home clean, efficient and sane. Fabulous website too!! I learn something new all the time. Thank you and keep up the good work!!!

    Troy Williams | 03.28.2012 | Reply
  14. ANNOUNCING THE HONEST.COM ESSENTIALS KIT WINNER!
    WE LOVE ALL OF YOUR TIPS – OUR READERS ARE SO RESOURCEFUL!
    THE WINNER IS…CYNTHIA M.! WE LOVE THE BASKETS & THE COMPOSTING CYNTHIA, CONGRATULATIONS!

    Suzanne Hall | 04.02.2012 | Reply
  15. Thanks so much!! I’m super excited to try the Honest Company’s products, I’ve heard they’re great. :)
    I responded to your email with my info. Thanks again!! :)

    Cynthia M. | 04.02.2012 | Reply
  16. Tide stain release drop ins!!!!

    brooke t | 04.12.2012 | Reply
  17. Clean windows with newspaper – streak-free, no toxins, free and you’re recycling. Also, stuff wet trainers/shoes with newspaper dries them out faster without ruining the rubber.

  18. My favourite tip for the house is clay: Green clay is very useful for pulling out the chemicals of what we’re eating. When you go back from the shop, fill a bowl with water and throw some clay stones in it. Let them melt then put inside the water the vegetables you bought. Wait for them at least 10 minutes and then wash and eat. The clay has a real power ob absorption. It can be usefull for detox the body and heal some points. In this case, all the chemicals will be attracted to the clay. Then just throw it in your garden ;)

  19. I clean all of our produce (fruits and veggies) with a solution of 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar, soak it in a clean sink for 10-15 minutes, then just rinse with water. I was amazed to see some of the things that came off of the food I was going to give to my 1 year old son (wax off of apples and pears, dirt off of everything!) Cheap and easy, and keeps my food a little healthier for us!

    Megan | 02.05.2013 | Reply
  20. I keep cleaning supplies in the kitchen, and every bathroom so I can clean it when I see it every time I see it conveniently. Because it isn’t any hassle at all without having to go get the things you need from somewhere else. All I have to do is reach right under the sink!
    And I clean the shower every week or two when I usually get in in the morning but instead I clean it first and then clean it all off me in my nice clean shower :)

    Angela Juliano | 02.16.2013 | Reply

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