Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been a bit MIA with all the crazy weather, canceled schooldays, and general household-type-busy-minutia (with a few unexpected mini-crises thrown in).
To kick things off as I get back in the routine of posting regularly, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on some of the most significant things you can do to help green things up this year. Most of these ideas not only save you money, but they also ensure you have a less toxic home, an increased amount of self-sufficiency, and are actively engaged in planetary stewardship through sustainable efforts.
All of which should make for a pretty rewarding 2014!
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Tagged cleaning products, CSA, DIY, Eat Wild, Environmental Working Group, EWG, factory farming, green cleaning, Heidi Swanson, homemade, local agriculture, Local Harvest, Mel Bartholomew, natural, Rhonda Massingham, slow food, Sustainability, sustainable efforts, vegan, vegetarian
Ah, laundry. Probably even more difficult to crack than the dishwasher detergent, personal care products, or food has been the detoxification of our laundry detergent.
For a long time I used the “green” products found readily in the grocery store, though with a bit of research, it became clear who was greenwashing and who was not… and all for a very pretty penny. (Those “natural,” store-bought solutions never come cheap!)
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Tagged baking soda, borax, Castile soap, chemerical, chemical nation, Do it yourself, Emanuel Bronner, Environmental Working Group, Essential oil, essential oils, EWG, Laundry, Laundry detergent, laundry powder, laundry soap, Liquid castile soap, Pow Pow Powder Laundry Soap, Recipe, Soap, washing soda
One of the first things we wanted to tackle when we started to de-toxify our home was dishwasher detergent. It’s the item we’re most likely to consume, we use it every single day, and the list of ingredients on most brands is filled with things I cannot pronounce.
“How hard can it be?” we thought. And therein lies what has probably been the greatest saga in our household toward finding a green, chemical-free solution that works as well as the brands we were trying to replace.
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Tagged baking soda, chemical-free, Citric acid, citrus vinegar, Dishwasher, dishwasher detergent, DIY, Do it yourself, Environmental Working Group, Essential oil, eucalyptus, EWG, homelogic, homemade, ingredients, Kosher salt, Lemon, My Healthy Green Family, natural, Recipe, Sodium bicarbonate
I don’t know why I never questioned whether or not I could make hand soap. I suppose because I thought soap-making was too difficult and that the products out there that are labeled “green” were adequately safe.
After scouring through EWG’s Skin Deep database, I decided it was going to be cheaper, safer, and better for the planet for me to make my own. Nice that all those things happened to align!
This recipe is so simple and effective, I will never go back to buying hand soap again. Truly never. It’s softer than the store-bought brands, smells amazing, and is quick and painless to throw together.
As I mentioned yesterday, my husband (Andy) and I decided to do our best to go chemical-free after watching the documentary Chemerical. It opened our eyes to the number of crazy chemicals in our cleaning and personal care products… and upon doing further research via the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, we were determined to go a more natural route.
Now, Andy had been a long-time “apricot” face wash user and desperately wanted something that would still do the scrubbing duty of his favorite brand. Luckily, I was able to combine an amazing recipe I found at One Good Thing by Jillee (who had originally found it at Towards Sustainability)… and an idea that came to me after reading several body wash recipes that used cornmeal for grit.
Posted in Health + Beauty
Tagged apricot, Bronner, Castile soap, chemerical, chemical nation, chemical-free, Cleanser, cornmeal, DIY, Do it yourself, Dr. Bronner, Dr. Bronner's, Emanuel Bronner, Environmental Working Group, exfoliating, face wash, facewash, homemade, Honey, Liquid castile soap, natural, peppermint, scrubbing, Soap, Trader Joe, Trader Joe's