The Peaceful Housewife makes homemade, eco-friendly cleaners and personal care products. The ingredients for the products are disclosed and many can even be customized. We had the chance to talk to Jenny of The Peaceful Housewife, here is what she had to say.
GO: What made you decide to start The Peaceful Housewife?
The Peaceful Housewife: Our son was born 6 ½ weeks early in 2007, and when he came home from the hospital we quickly discovered that he had eczema. It was obvious that he was reacting to disposable diapers, so we put him in cloth diapers to help clear up his skin. While, that helped, he still had reactions to the detergent that we were using to wash our cloth diapers. I formulated our first product, our laundry detergent, because of that need. When we found a formula that we really loved, we decided to share our products with other families in order to give them less expensive, better options for their family.
GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
The Peaceful Housewife: Wow, so many reasons, really. First and foremost, we believe that God gave us the Earth and asked us to be good steward of the resources and gifts that He gave us. It’s important that we honor His creation and take good care of the Earth so that it’s here to take good care of our children.
We also know that the majority of the time, taking better care of the Earth also means that you’re doing things that are better for your health.
GO: What’s the best advice about going green you have ever gotten?
The Peaceful Housewife: No one can flip a switch and magically be green in every area of their life overnight. There are many shades of green, and no one should feel guilty for not being as green as they would like to be. Going green is a process, and you have to prioritize what’s most important for your family and start there. And don’t get overwhelmed in the process!
GO: What’s your favorite product that you sell?
The Peaceful Housewife: My favorite product is the one that started it all – our laundry detergent! I love seeing the looks on peoples’ faces when I tell them that they can get a year’s worth of laundry detergent for $50 or less. And I really love it when those same people come back and talk to us months or weeks later and tell us that they love our detergent more than the mainstream detergents that they had been using. We’re giving people options that are more economical, healthier and work better. What’s not to love?!
GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
The Peaceful Housewife: There is so much data out there showing that areas that support local businesses rather than big box business are more resilient to recession, and that in itself is a huge bonus. When you do business with a local small business, you’re helping your area stay financially strong.
GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
The Peaceful Housewife: We love taking our kids to the zoos here in Oklahoma, whether it’s the Tulsa Zoo or the Oklahoma City Zoo. It’s such a fun family time with great learning opportunities. My husband and I also love to go camping with our tent and float the Illinois River. The sun on your shoulders, the cool water and great friends. It’s a favorite pastime for sure!
GO: Other than your own business what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
The Peaceful Housewife: We love Green Bees Diapers! Raye is such an amazing woman, and so much fun to do business with. We love that Raye is making cloth diapering financially viable for more families and helping to introduce cloth diapers to those who might not have otherwise heard of them. In fact, we love her so much that we carry her diapers right here in our store.
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