Everyone’s green journey starts somewhere. Many people say that their life changes in college. Well, mine actually did change. I studied abroad my junior year and was completely surprised by the eco-friendly culture of my host country. I became more conscious of recycling which I had never done before. We would always joke while studying abroad that we received more information on recycling than anything else. Taking care of the earth is deeply engrained in the culture. My life changed again exactly a year ago when I found out I was pregnant. Sparing all the gory details, pregnancy did not suit me physically and I was left with many sensitivities. Using harsh chemical cleaners was out of the question, so I started searching for alternatives for cleaning products. Thanks to the internet, my search did not take long and I found countless ideas for making my own laundry soap and household cleaners that used relatively mild ingredients.
I started making my own laundry soap using one cup of Borax, one cup of washing soda, and one bar of Fels-Naptha soap. You can make a liquid or powder detergent. After a few washes it was clear that this recipe was less harsh on our clothing and I didn’t have to worry about the sensitivities that plagued me with using other detergents. For household cleaning, I mainly use a mix vinegar and blue Dawn dish soap diluted with water. This mixture works well and cleans almost every surface of our house. For more uses for vinegar, this is a great resource. A paste of Borax and water is a wonderful abrasive cleaner
In my last article, I chronicled the beginning of our family’s decision to cloth diaper. Since then, we have successfully cloth diapered for over a month now. When our baby was born, we started to consider cloth diapering mostly for the money savings. Not only are we saving money, but also we don’t have to worry about the harsh substances in disposable diapers on our baby’s bottom thus less diaper rash. We have also dabbled into cloth wipes as well as a way to save money and better control what touches our baby’s skin.
We are not perfect at always doing what is green, but we try where we can and that is what is important. Every little bit that we all do to help makes a difference in our own lives and our environment.
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