"There is more to life than increasing its speed." -- Mohandas Gandhi
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need forComplicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the Philosophy is kindness." --- Dalai Lama
"This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet." ---Rumi
"All that we are is a result of all that we have thought" ---Bhudda
"If every household in the US replaced one bottle of shower cleaner containing chlorine bleach with a hydrogen-peroxide-based shower cleaner we could prevent 1 million pounds of chlorine from entering our environment."
"If every household in the US replaced just one box of 48 oz petroleum-based powder laundry detergent with a vegetable-based product we could save 96,000 barrels of oil."
"Not by harming life does one become noble.One is termed noble for being gentle to all living things." ---Dhammapada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
"If every household in the US replaced just one box of 85-sheet virgin-fiber facial tissue with recycled ones, we could save 280,000 trees."
"He who knows that all things are his mind, That all with which he meets are friendly, Is ever joyful." ---Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
"If every household in the US replaced just one 25 oz bottle of petroleum-based dishwashing liquid with a plant-based product, we could save 81,000 barrels of oil."
"In whom there dwells no self-deception and no pride, Who is desireless, whose wrath is put away, whose self hath cool become --He is Brahmin." ---Udana
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ---- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of the decisions on the next seven generations." ---Great Law of the Iroquois
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ---- Dalai Lama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" ---Mahatma Gandhi

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Hello Spring, Goodbye Mold

The end of rainy season is a great time to purge your house of the scourge of mold. The wetness, closed windows and general ennui of winter let mold spores thrive, so it’s not surprising if your home is smelling a little bit musty by this time of year.

Mold is gross, it’s a potent allergen, and it can also be dangerous. We’ve all heard of black mold and how invasive and indestructible it can be.

The goods news? It is actually possible for you to treat a threatening mold infestation in your own home before it takes over and turns into a horror movie. And it can be done organically.

The recipe:

Equal parts borax and baking soda mixed in warm water.

Borax sounds toxic, but don’t be fooled by the name. It’s actually a naturally occurring mineral—a sort of salt—found in the beds of dried up lakes. In certain other cultures, it’s actually used as a food additive to create texture (We don’t recommend binging on it however—stick to chocolate cake).

Of course, it’s always a good idea to wear gloves when using any cleaning product in order to avoid irritating the skin.

Tip:

For really tough mold that just doesn’t want to let go, you can substitute Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds for the warm water. Sal Suds is a great degreaser and one of our favorite products at Greenforce. It’s made with a base of surfactants and fir tree oils. Like all the products we use, it’s non-toxic, environmentally friendly and safe for humans.

If mold has been left a long time it can actually grow into grout or into the walls. This might require a Mold Remediation company and some demolition. An ounce of prevention……