Learn about Conscious Cleaning 101: A Green Cleaning workshop minus the Greenwashing
This class is for you if…
You want video tutorials to learn how to effectively clean your home with tried & tested DIY products and tricks that are affordable and safe.
You want a convenient cleaning program: cleaning gear checklists, a product guide, your list of DIY cleaning cabinet essentials, printable labels, your cleaning schedule, a handy e-workbook for easy reference, and more.
You want options for off-the-grid zero waste cleaning that include thrifting, reusing, repurposing, crafting, and foraging for cleaning agents.
You want to learn about the dangerous substances hiding in your cleaning products and how to detect greenwashing.
You want cleaning recipes and tricks that are:
We tested over 100 tricks and recipe combinations so you wouldn’t have to waste your time with trial and error.
Cleaning your home without the risk of getting cancer should not be a privilege reserved for the wealthy.
We’ve only chosen the absolute safest ingredients for your DIY products and share important safety guidelines.
The ingredients have a small ecological impact, and we always call ourselves out on where they fall short.
Everything is at your disposal to easily make your cleaning cabinet essentials and stick to a cleaning schedule.
Why we created this class…
Part of me always knew there were dangerous chemicals lurking in our household. It wasn’t until I was suffering from severe hormonal imbalance that I began researching deeper into the topic of household toxins. To my surprise, I learned that we are being exposed daily to not only hormone disrupters, but also carcinogens, and neurotoxicants present in our cleaning products, our cosmetics, our food, our furniture, and more. And the worst part? These dangerous substances aren’t even required to be listed on cleaning product labels.
I had always felt like there wasn’t much that could be done to escape toxic cleaners without paying a good amount of money on the safe “green” products. That is until I learned that you could clean with vinegar. How in the world had I never been taught this most basic skill? Ever since then, I’ve been trying new ingredients, testing new recipes, learning how to detect greenwashing, and discovering more and more about how to clean safely, effectively and affordably.
I even began teaching about the new cleaning skills I was acquiring, and that’s when dear Cristina came along. We put our heads together to create this master class with the very best tried and tested recipes and tricks that actually work! To do so, we may have overcommitted ourselves. We stained our clothes, our carpets, left dirty areas unattended for a bit too long, just to test over 100 tricks and recipe combinations! We took one for the team so that you wouldn’t have to waste your time with trial and error.
We want to make it easy, convenient and affordable for you to clean your home safely. To help you on your journey to nontoxic living, we have gathered the most valuable information about green cleaning in our online class: Conscious Cleaning 101.
…you had the peace of mind that the cleaning products you were using weren’t harming your health, your family’s health, or the environment.
…you could easily & affordably stock up on your DIY cleaning products for an entire year and wouldn’t have to worry about being short on supplies.
…you had full support to achieve your goals through video tutorials, an e-workbook, checklists, guidelines, a helpful online community, and guidance on taking action in your local community.
Conscious Cleaning 101: A Green Cleaning Workshop minus the Greenwashing
Module 1: Goal-Setting
We want you to be successful on your journey to nontoxic living! This module helps you determine what your specific goals are in taking this class.
Module 2: Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products
We cover safety testing for chemicals on the US market, how risk factors for chemicals are determined, and look at US vs. EU regulations.
Module 3: Health Risks
Exposure to toxic chemicals in cleaning products carries the risk of certain acute and chronic health problems.
Module 4: Navigating Labels
In the US, cleaning products are not required to disclose their ingredients on labels, and workers often aren’t aware of the exposure hazards.
Module 5: Safe Ingredients: Common
We review 15+ cleaning ingredients that are cheap and widely available: how they’re made, their properties, limitations, etc.
Module 6: Safe Ingredients: Potentially Uncommon
We review the properties and limitations of 4 ingredients that are popular in Europe, and worth learning about.
Module 7: Questionable ingredients
Some products that are often touted as safe green products didn’t make the cut. We explain why.
Module 8: Safety Precautions
There are common sense safety rules to follow as well as precautions you may not have considered when it comes to cleaning.
Module 9: Cleaning Gear Essentials
Determine what gear you need while minimizing your environmental impact by reusing and repurposing.
Module 10: Intro to Recipes & Tricks
This section introduces your list of cleaning cabinet essentials, provides printable labels for your products and reminds you which ingredients not to mix.
Module 11: Cleaning your Kitchen
You’ll make kitchen cleaner and dishwashing or dishwasher soap. You’ll receive your cleaning schedule and learn cleaning hacks & more recipes.
Module 12: Cleaning in the Laundry Room
You’ll make a hamper ball, a pre-treat stain remover, laundry powder, whitener, fabric softener, laundry perfume, dryer sheets, and much more.
Module 13: Cleaning your Bathroom
Projects include a shower spray, a mildew-fighting mix, scouring paste, toilet cleaner and fizzies, and learning about candles and essential oils.
Module 14: Cleaning your Living Areas
You’ll prepare multi-purpose cleaner, window cleaner, air fresheners (tea tree oil spray, vaporizer mix, pot-pourri), wood polish, and more.
Module 15: Thanks & Bloopers
An invitation to take action locally, info on staying involved in nontoxic living, as well as a Best Of gag reel.
BONUS: Zero Waste Cleaning Tips
We discuss package-free options for cleaning ingredients and which packaging options are most and least eco-friendly.
BONUS: Houseplants that clean the air
Indoor air pollution is often worse than outdoors. These houseplants sequester up to 90% of pollutants from the air within 24 hours.
BONUS: 10 Ways to Clean with Soap Nuts
Meet Jessica from NaturOli, who talks about what soap nuts are and the many ways to clean with them.
BONUS: Cleaning with Essential Oils
Meet Jenny from Aromatics International who discusses the many benefits of cleaning with essential oils.
BONUS: Building Community around Nontoxic Living
Meet Kristi from Savvy Women’s Alliance who explains how joining or starting a local chapter can help you on your journey to nontoxic living.
What does this workshop include?
Lifetime access to the video tutorials
for all 20 modules (2 hours)
A 246-page PDF workbook
that contains: Modules 1-15, convenient checklists, printable guidelines & labels, your weekly cleaning schedule, and more
to help you assimilate the class information
Watch the videos on any device.
This online workshop is self-paced. Start whenever you want at your own convenience! The course materials are yours for life.
… and we also have
Access to an exclusive student forum
You will have access to a supportive online community hosted on Facebook to submit your questions and share your successes or difficulties. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get feedback and motivate one another.
Access to workshop updates
As we add content to our workshop over time, you will have access to all updated information.
Support from Savvy Women’s Alliance
Savvy Women’s Alliance will support you in joining or starting a local chapter to promote nontoxic living in your community.
15% off your purchase of essential oils from Aromatics International*
* valid until end of 2018
20% off your purchase of soap nuts from NaturOli*
*valid until end of 2018
Meet your instructor
Christelle is a bubbly environmental educator and permaculture instructor who infuses optimism in her classes and laughs at her own jokes. Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, her studies and career have focused on environmental protection. She’s multilingual, a mama (or “Permamacita”), a beekeeper, and a foraging enthusiast with an insatiable curiosity for life. Christelle is passionate about healthy living and – let’s be honest here – does not love cleaning, but it’s an inescapable part of life. Together with her Permacrafters colleague Cristina, she spent two years diligently developing and fine-tuning nontoxic planet-friendly cleaning recipes and tricks for her family to safely use.
30-day money back guarantee
We are confident that if you apply yourself by watching all the videos and following the instructions that you will be fully satisfied. We are giving you a full month to try out our recipes and tips. On the small chance this doesn’t work for you, we will happily give you a full refund within 30 days of your purchase, so long as you have completed the video tutorials and implemented the strategies.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you mean by “conscious cleaning”? Is your class truly “green”?
This class is about making choices that are less harmful to the planet. It is a conscious cleaning workshop in the sense that:
- we encourage you to be as resourceful as possible by reusing and repurposing to minimize waste
- the ingredients we list do not pollute our waterways (and some can be composted after use)
- the products we list are not toxic to your health, to the environment, and are not deadly dangerous
- the products we list are produced responsibly as compared to other products on the market
Our class is all about green cleaning minus the greenwashing. If you are tired of false advertising and misleading claims on cleaning products, we are right there with you! So let’s call ourselves out on where we fall short.
Other than going foraging for English ivy to make homemade soap, making your own kombucha vinegar, using coffee grounds, or collecting ash from a firepit, NO product is going to have a carbon neutral footprint. Almost every ingredient we use in our class will need to be produced, shipped, and discarded. Additionally, some of these otherwise “eco-friendly” products might come in single-use packaging or wrapped in plastic. Not all the ingredients on our list are going to be completely “green”.
The current world we live in makes it difficult, if not impossible to make perfect choices. So, green perfection is not our goal. Our goal is to minimize our environmental impact by making way better choices for the planet. We will encourage you to always be resourceful, support companies who are getting things right whenever possible (i.e. sustainable production, package-free), and to become more conscious in the decisions you make to clean your home.
I want information on Zero Waste cleaning, will I find that here?
Absolutely! This class gives many zero waste cleaning options. Many of the ingredients we list can be purchased in bulk without packaging. You can also go totally off grid and zero waste by A) foraging for English ivy or other saponin-rich plants, B) growing your own sponges, and C) collecting ash out of a fire pit to make your own laundry detergent 400 BC style. We show you how to live off of the wastestream by: 1) making sponges from old socks, 2) using old coffee grounds or kombucha vinegar for cleaning purposes, 3) repurposing items like toothbrushes or old shirts to turn them into cleaning gear, 4) thrifting for cleaning gear essentials, and 5) safely reusing cleaning containers. We even teach you how to safely dispose of hazardous waste.
What is greenwashing?
Greenwashing is when companies use misleading claims or false advertising to promote the idea that their product is eco-friendly, when it is not. Examples: 1) A company is selling an “environmentally-friendly” bamboo mop instead of a plastic mop, failing to mention that the bamboo is treated with chemicals that are neurotoxicants and toxic to the environment. 2) A microfiber cloth company is selling an “eco-friendly” cloth that is reusable and reduces the need for cleaning products, failing to mention that it contributes to microplastic pollution.
Is this class the right fit for me?
If you don’t like DIY projects and prefer to purchase green-certified cleaners, this class may not be for you.
Do you offer refunds?
Yes! If you aren’t fully satisfied, we will give you a full refund within 30 days of your purchase, so long as you have completed the video tutorials and implemented the strategies.
How long do I have access to this workshop for?
Forever! You have lifetime access to the course materials. This includes access to updated information as we add content to our workshop.
What format is the class delivered in?
The course materials are available through streamable online videos, a downloadable PDF workbook, and printable checklists and instructions. You may watch the workshop videos from your computer, iPad or smartphone.
How much should I budget for materials?
To complete this class, your budget can be as low or as high as you want. The majority of the recipes we present in this class are made with very cheap and common ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, salt, and coffee grounds. We’ve also partnered with Aromatics International and NaturOli who generously offered discounts on their essential oils and soap nuts.
Throughout the class, we encourage you to reuse items whenever possible. This includes going thrifting for cleaning gear, repurposing old shirts, socks, and toothbrushes, reusing old spray or pump bottles (when it’s safe to do so), or even crafting sponges out of old stockings. There are many ways to clean on a small budget and minimize waste in the process.
How long will it take me to finish the workshop?
This workshop is self-paced. You can complete the modules at your own convenience. While the online workshop itself is 2 hours long, reading the workbook and implementing the strategies could take anywhere from 2 days to a month, depending on your time constraints.
Can I share my course login with a friend?
We are offering this workshop at an affordable price and ask that you please respect all the work we have lovingly put into creating it by not sharing your login information. We do encourage you, however, to share more generally what you have been learning about nontoxic living with your community!
Still have questions? Send us a message!