I have an strong passion for keeping our Earth and nature as safe as possible. I am a freak about recycling, I don’t want to fill our dumps with more than I have to, and I don’t want to flush chemicals into our water and landfills we don’t have to. Upon trying to do these things, I have found that there are many chemicals you can kick out of your home as well.
Here are some relatively easy things we have been doing (though there is always room for more improvement!)
- Recycle whenever we can–I am not sure if this is the best plan of action but if I don’t know if it is recyclable, I error on the side of put it in recycling and if they cant they wont.
- If there is any life in it, donate it. Ask friends, ask family, Goodwill, Salvation Army, rummage sales–so many options.
- Avoid paper towel at all costs (I use it for bacon, patting meat dry, and dog mess) and use cloth’s when I can.
- Cut chemicals in cleaners/detergents when we can.
- Norwex– for windows, dusting, dry mopping, wet mopping, counter tops
- Get rid of: windex, pledge, lysol floor cleaner, clorox wipes
- I have a friend Lauren who sells. You can contact her on the contact on the top or you can shop her page. Click HERE
- Young Living Thieves –multi-surface cleaner
- Gets rid of: all surface cleaners/wipes
- I have a friend Sarah who sells. You can contact her with help on oils that work or to purchase. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- An Instagram inspiration and mom I follow, MommyTruth who posts a lot about oils and healthy choices–I have learned so much from her.
- Seventh Generation Wipes, tub and tile, & Toilet bowl cleaner for bathroom
- Gets rid of: Bleach, Clorox, Clorox wipes
- Mrs. Meyers hand soaps
- Use paper or reusable straws vs plastic (Stella is insistent on straws in her chocolate milk)
- Honest Living Shampoo and Conditioner
- Affllie Bubble Bath (organic)
- Cut chemical based sunscreens for mineral based (I like babyganics spray–its a little thinner but still mineral based)
- Cut Deet/Bug spray use IF WE CAN–we have had a bout of mosquitoes that could not be combatted with any oils, natural remedies, etc. when bugs are normal I use babyganics essential oil based bug spray
- Coconut oil can work wonders on millions of things. I haven’t cooked with it, but use it for many other reasons. I use for: make up remover, moisturizer, lotion, dandruff spots, cradle cap, baby (under 6 months) sunscreen (in addition to shade), diaper rash starting, dry skin spots on the kids.
- Look into getting an app to let you know how good or bad your stuff is. I try ThinkDirty
- There are some cosmetic companies that are cutting out their chemicals and toxins!
- I shop at Aldi and if you shop Aldi brand (simply nature) you will find many of the food no nos NOT on the ingredients list!
- Food swap outs-
- Annie’s Mac n Cheese for Kraft
- Organic bunnies for Cheeze-its and Goldfish
- Simply Nature brand whenever we can
- I want to note: Nolan is particular about some foods. They are specific and I would rather him fed than not–Oreos, Mini-Muffins, clear sodas, coco puffs, etc. We are improving where we can but sometimes mama’s sanity matters too! Fed is best.
We get one Earth. I want to enjoy it and I want my kids to enjoy it. I want to treat it with care. I want my kids and grandkids to enjoy the miracles that are nature and the world around us how I am able to.
I want to treat my body with love. I get one and I want to be here as healthy as possible to take care of my children. I want my children to be healthy as possible because what mom doesn’t wish their child the healthiest future as possible. Also, Nolan has a enough going on, chemical influence doesn’t need to be one.
I know there are many, many more ways we can be even healthier and save the earth even more, but trying and doing better is the best you can do.