Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Going Green-ish

I'm happy to say we've been slowly making some changes around our house.  I want our family to be well taken care of and for things to run smoothly.  I know this can't always happen, but I will do my best to try.
Here's what I'm figuring out along the way and changes we are making.

A. When the boys were born, we switched to lesser chemically chemical cleaners.  We started using Green Works and Seventh Generation.  I didn't want the same things we used before, not even thinking at that point what we were keeping in our house, to be in our house with kids.  I am learning now, though, there's an even greener type of cleaners I can use.  The homemade kind.  Man, I had no idea the type of awesome powers that vinegar had.  VINEGAR PEOPLE!  It's not just for dying Easter eggs!  In my endless pinning obsession, I have found the mother load of green cleaning products.  I used the shower cleaner and will do an entire post on this because it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  Needless to say, I'm super excited about cleaning my house now, knowing that nothing is harmful to my family or myself.

B. We have started recycling.  We've wanted to do this for a while and never got around to it.  Finally we did.  We go through milk like it's going out of style and that combined with the other plastic in our house, we were throwing way too much away.  This change makes me very happy.

C. Food.  This was a biggie for us.  Fresh foods cost more and being a one income household, saving is required.  However, I started meal planning and wow, that makes a huge difference.  If i have my grocery list with only the things we NEED on it, I don't waste spend money on unnecessary things.  By reducing my purchases of things we don't need, I can spend that money on fresh items that are better for you than processed foods or even canned foods that sit in preservatives.  We have a long way to go on this, but I'm satisfied with the changes we've made in this area thus far.  This has also helped organize our pantry and organization is something I need more of in this house!

We are trying.  We aren't green.  We are green-ish.  I don't always clean with cloths, sometimes I use paper towels.  Heck, we still buy paper towels.  We don't have a compost box in the backyard or a garden.  We still buy laundry detergent (although making my own is on my list of things to do).  There are all kinds of changes we can still make, but baby steps, people, baby steps.  What are some of the things you & your family are doing to be more green??

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  1. Congrats on going greenish! Vinegar is great, but it's too harsh for granite and other natural stones, so I can't use it in my kitchen or bathroom, unfortunately. Thanks for posting your pinterest board. I want to try that Oxiclean because I go through that stuff like crazy during football and baseball seasons! I have a post about a homemade produce wash and details about organic produce I thought you might like: http://thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com/2012/04/homemade-produce-wash.html.

  2. We recycle anything and everything we can. We called and ordered another container so we could have two. It really does make a difference. I hope one day we can become more green also :)


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