One of the most exciting things about our transition to become a more non-toxic and chemical-free household has been learning to make soap. It’s one of those things that – for me, at least – was super scary at first. Like jumping out of an airplane or off a cliff (you can see the bottom but have no idea how long the ride will take). I entered into it with a lot of excitement and trepidation… and it has become something I truly love.
It still scares me a little. Like teaching or performing or running a workshop. There’s a wiggly-tummy feeling and a bit of anxiety that I get before I begin but ultimately know will pass. I consider it a healthy fear. It keeps me alert in the process, and it serves as a good reminder that I need to be as careful as possible.
Posted in Green Cleaning
Tagged all-natural, blender, blender soap, Castile Olive Oil Bar Soap, chemcial-free, Coconut oil, DIY, homemade, laundry powder, Lye, natural, non-toxic, Soap, soap-making
My husband is very picky about his shaving soap. Which is totally cool. He’s one of those guys who has to shave every day – and so I can absolutely understand being particular about ensuring whatever he’s using works well, feels good, and doesn’t create a huge mess.
Shaving soap also happened to be the final item he needed in his personal care arsenal in order to be ENTIRELY natural, homemade, and chemical-free. Yup… he’s rid of all personal care store-bought products at this point. The shaving soap was the last hurdle to conquer!
I went to an Introductory Beekeeping class this month, and it was AMAZING!! Offered by the Lake County Beekeepers Association, it was chock-full of information, useful strategies, history and biology, and specific steps for starting your own hives.
I left with the very firm conviction that I want to commit to beekeeping; however, with a daughter who is still hesitant, neighbors right next door who are somewhat nature-phobic, and still so much to learn… I’m okay taking one more year to plan carefully, feel fully prepared, and find a good home for my initial hives.
Posted in Food + Garden, Resources
Tagged Bee Conservancy, Bee Petitions, beekeeping, bees, chemical-free, environment, Honey, honey bees, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, natural, Nature Conservancy, pollinators, Royal Horticultural Society
I am an avid tea drinker… some might even say I am addicted to tea. (Some do.) I drink it all day, at all times of the year. I love it.
Unfortunately (and I found this out the hard way), it stains just as bad as coffee. I have experienced a long string of dental hygienists who looked into my mouth and sighed—dispirited by the long, difficult task that lay before them.
Thankfully, my current hygienist (who is awesome) recommended a trick to help significantly decrease staining and buildup. She actually recommended two options… but I latched onto the one that was the simplest and least chemical-laden.
Posted in Health + Beauty
Tagged bacteria, dental care, DIY, homemade, hydrogen peroxide, Listerine Whitening, mouth rinse, mouthwash, natural, Recipe, tooth care, tooth stains, whitening mouthwash, whitening rinse
So… today’s homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes will shock you with their simplicity. So much so, that I am going to take a bit of space to share why it’s good to make your own shampoo and conditioner – and some of the benefits of taking care of your hair a little differently.
Here are the four biggest benefits I’ve experienced in making my own natural (and chemical-free) shampoo and conditioner:
Posted in Health + Beauty
Tagged apple cider vinegar, baking soda, chemical-free, conditioner, homemade, lavender, natural, non-toxic, paraben-free, personal care products, pthalates, recipes, Rosemary, shampoo, shampoo and conditioner, SLS
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!
Posted in Resources
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
I never – and I do mean never – expected I would be making my own soap. I always assumed the ingredients were too caustic, the process too difficult, and the whole shebang just too darn hard.
Thankfully, I was quite wrong.
Posted in Health + Beauty
Tagged bar soap, blender, Castile soap, DIY, Do it yourself, Erik Knutzen, Essential oil, homemade, Kelly Coyne, Lye, make vs. buy, Making It, natural, Olive oil, Soap, soap recipe, soap-making