The Country’s First LEED Certified Dental Office

As I was looking through a magazine at the doctors office, I found an article on Mint Dental Works. Its the country’s first LEED certified Dental Office. LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Through rigorous planning and careful construction, they have created a high-performance green facility that is a healthy, productive place to work; less costly to operate and maintain; and reduces their environmental footprint. This office has made very effective choices for the good of their patients, employees and the environment.

Below is the list of environmentally friendly choices they made.

Improved Air Quality – Fresh air exchange and Co2 Sensors, 100% recycled cabinets and all paints, floor finishes, adhesives and furniture/fabrics were selected for their sustainable properties

Elimination of Toxic Materials – Mercury free office, only natural cleaning products used, no latex gloves used, and new digital Xray system exposes patients to up to 90% less radiation than a standard Xray system.

Waste Reduction – Recycled items all over the office, and they use alcohol hand rub to eliminate the use of sinks, faucets, paper towels, water and soap.

Energy and Water Efficiency – Florescent lighting, occupancy sensors, low flow fixtures, sensor operated faucets, and they purchase renewable energy from PGE.

I was impressed by this office, not only for the ways they are working to lower their impact on the environment but also for what they offer to their patients.


How to Remove Stains from Clothes without Harsh Chemicals

I read the list of ingredients on the back of the stain remover spray and thought, I shouldn’t be reading this because I know this will cause me to want to change and that leads to finding new products and spending more money. The non-harmful, non-chemical, organic, natural products have a much higher price tag then the bad for you, chemical filled products. So I decided to figure out how to remove stains with items most people have around their house.

Here is a list of stains and how to get them out:

Oil or Grease – Oil or Grease stained clothing washes out better with baking soda added to the washing water. You can also pretreat any stain with a paste made from Baking soda and water, rub the paste into the stain and let sit for 1-2 hours.

Under Arm Stains – Spray some white vinegar onto the under arm stains, wait 10 minutes, then wash in hot water with detergent.

Grass Stains – Soak your grass stained clothes in Vinegar for an hour, then wash and dry as usual.

Blood Stain – Using only COLD water dampen the stain, then rub salt into the area and when the blood is nearly gone just throw the garment in the wash.

Ink Stains – Lay the stained garment on a clean white towel, apply rubbing alcohol to the stain and blot with another clean white towel, removing the stain as you blot.

Baby Spit-up Stains – Cover the stain with baking soda then pour club soda directly onto the baking soda. The combination will fizz a bit. Using a scrub brush, gently scrub the stain. Immediately put in the washer and launder as usual.

Berry Stains – Soak berry stains in straight white distilled vinegar. First rinse the stain well then rest the part of the fabric that is stained in a bowl of straight vinegar. Rinse. Launder as usual.

Dirt/Mud Stains – Slice a potato, rub the freshly cut side on the mud stain; let dry and wash as usual. Or if you’ve just boiled some potatoes, wash the stained whites in the water from the boiled potatoes, then launder as usual.

Red Wine Stain – Pour some white wine on the stain immediately, it neutralizes the red wine and will make the stain vanish. If white wine isn’t available, try blotting the stain with vinegar until the stain is completely removed.

I have tried many of these methods and they really do work. Try them and let me know your experience. How did they work for you? Do you have other tried and true, natural ways to remove stains from clothing? Share your tips.

If the easy way sounds better and money is not an object then check out the great organic cleaning products at Seventh Generation.