Last week I mentioned using fewer chemicals as something I want to “improve.” I’m not likely to completely eliminate them from my life, but I figure even a small change is an improvement right? It’s similar to my food philosophy – I do the best I can at home and don’t worry about parties, restaurants, etc.
What are some areas I could make a little “greener”? I’ve created some cleaners and other products in the past using my favorite essential oils.
I also re-use and re-cycle as much as possible. So, what’s next? I picked up a few books at the Half-Price Book Store and came up with some ideas:
- Eliminate air fresheners – I don’t use them often, but I did keep my old plug-ins “just in case.” No more, they are gone, and I am committing to using my favorite diffuser (currently diffusing Citrus Fresh in hopes of Spring) or I simmer cloves and cinnamon in water with a drop of orange essential oil.
- Get rid of bugs naturally! I don’t know how they are alive with as cold as it’s been, but we had a few ants in our bathroom – how they got there is a real mystery. I sent my son in with a spray bottle containing Lavender and Purification Oils diluted in a bit of water. He sprayed all the baseboards and the ants haven’t been back. He had fun doing it and I loved not using the chemicals.
How about greener body care? It seemed like a fun way to take a little break (and I had my daughter help me). We made a delicious-smelling salt scrub. With sandal weather on the horizon, this should help me get my feet ready without all the ingredients I can’t pronounce in thick, foot-softening scrub.
These ingredients: sea salt, dried lavender, olive oil vs. these: Water, Pumice, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Acrylates/Steareth-20, Methacrylate Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Lauryl Betaine, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Peppermint (Mentha Arvensis) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Salicylate, Fragrance, Citric Acid.
Another fun and easy product to make is my homemade deodorant: No Need to Be a Hippy to Make Your Own Deodorant
These are a few steps I’m making this month – they are fun and easy and will make a difference in MY world!
Interested in learning more? Here are a few books I found with more fun ideas (these are on Amazon, but as always I encourage you to head to your local library first!):
Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home
What are your ideas? Share your comments on how you will be changing YOUR world this month in the comments below – I’d love to hear your plans!
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