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At this year’s Spring Conference, we at OGS decided to set up a handful of volunteers with pen, paper, and the directive to go home after the event and write a post on each class they attended for us to share on the OGS Blog in a series we’re calling the Conference Blog!

In this series, we bring together the diverse perspectives of our audience and hear experiences from dozens of different voices–commercial farmers, backyard growers, conscientious consumers, and everything in between!

Amanda Prior and Loren Carty, founders and owners of GreenBee Cleaning, offered invaluable tips for green cleaning methods in their seminar, “Plain and Simple: Organic Cleaning for the Home.”

Their business offers both wholesale and residential products, such as dish and detergents and various kitchen cleaners, often made from scratch. Both Prior and Carty are well aware that not all cleaning chemicals have been tested for toxicity, and their goal is to offer a product that is safe and effective. The two businesswomen offered invaluable advice for different sanitary problems.

Highlights of the seminar included the mention of Lavender Tea Tree Bathroom Cleaner, which is antiseptic and antiviral with a scent that has a relaxing effect; Rosemary Mint Counter Spray, which is an antiseptic made with peppermint and blends with the rosemary to leave a wonderful cleansing smell; Daily Shower Spray, which includes grapefruit oil, lemon oil, and a the ever-effective eucalyptus oil that is antibacterial and antiviral. Also there’s vinegar in the shower spray that is helpful in forcing a barrier between the shower walls.

The essential keys to many of the GreenBee cleaning products are Borax, Baking Soda, Castile Soap, and Vinegar. Their website includes a fantastically informative product information sheet for their many effective, organic, and toxic-free recipes.

Jenn Cloke

Jenn Cloke

Jenn Cloke, originally from Atlanta, has lived in Western North Carolina for since 2006 and wears her Appalachian mantle proudly. Jenn was the Communications Coordinator for Organic Growers School from 2012 to 2014. She and her family run a small farm at the foot of Cold Mountain.