I’ll admit that I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I normally do. But no worries… I haven’t jumped the “green” ship!
I did, however, realize that I’ve shared a lot of great information with this blog. Nearly 500 posts in the last (almost) four years, in fact. Sometimes it starts to sound a little repetitive though…
So, with that, I want to remind everyone to please take advantage of those little “Search” or “Categories” features in my sidebar. Over time, I’ve written about so many topics and created categories for just about anything I wanted to discuss… and, hopefully, everything you’ll be interested in! Give it a try, because there may be plenty of things you’ve missed along the way.
I also have an extra little project that I’ve been working on and I’ll be sharing that with you soon.
In the meanwhile, THANK YOU for reading Mom Goes Green! If I’ve shared just one thing with you, that you found helpful, I feel like I’m doing my “job” and I’m making a difference.
So, again… thank you, keep reading, have a great Earth Day and there will be more news to come!
Stay green! xoxo, Mom Goes Green
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. Everything feels new and there is something very refreshing about sitting back and seeing things literally spring to life. One thing that does need our assistance, however, is our home. Unfortunately there is NOTHING refreshing about a house that has been closed for months on end.
The problem is, while we attempt to do our spring cleaning, we can be tempted to grab the commercial cleaners and create a lot of waste too. Here are some tips on avoiding the pitfalls:
- Open windows – let the fresh air come in. It does wonders!
- Buy distilled white vinegar – and lots of it. The uses are amazing… everything from cleaning and sanitizing to disinfecting and stain removal. Check out vinegartips.com for ideas, but whatever you do, do NOT use commercial household cleaners… they are harsh, harmful and unnecessary.
- Buy hydrogen peroxide – you may not have considered this as an option before, but it’s a great alternative to bleach.
- Buy baking soda – fantastic for cleaning but also for removing odors from rugs and carpets. Sprinkle some on, let it sit for 30 minutes and vacuum it up… nice and simple.
- Make your own multi-purpose cleaner – I have a recipe and I use my own cleaner daily.
- Make your own furniture polish – I have another recipe for you!
- Make your own soft scrub – I have yet another recipe!
- Skip paper towels and sponges – gather old t-shirts and towels (not suitable for donation) and put them to work. Skoy cloths are another favorite of mine, and they can all be washed and used again for later cleaning projects.
- Recycle – magazines, mail, catalogs, any needless papers, packaging….the list goes on and on. And don’t just put them in the garbage can. Put them in the recycling can. All of these papers are recyclable!
- Food cupboards – you thought you’d need it, use it, want it, but alas you did not. Donate it to a food pantry if it hasn’t expired; otherwise make sure the packaging, cans and containers get recycled as well.
- Donation boxes – inevitably you will find lots of things that no longer have usefulness for you but that doesn’t mean they’re not useful for someone else. Clothing, shoes, household items, books, furniture, toys, anything and everything. Pack up these items and donate them to a charity, list them on Freecycle or Craig’s List. But never throw away anything that still has “life” left in it.
- Proper disposal – motor oil, paint cans, aerosols… check Earth911 to find out where these toxic products can be dropped off for proper disposal. Same goes for electronics. If they can’t be given away, check local resources (Best Buy has a fabulous program) or again Earth911.
- Consider air freshening in a less harmful way – if you MUST put the scent of spring in the air, forgo the aerosol air fresheners and instead fill a spray bottle with a combination of water and essential oils, and “spray away!”
- Buy a plant – some household plants will actually help to purify the air in your home!
- Consider some “Spring Resolutions” – no more antibacterial soaps (their harmful effects can be greater than their benefit), no more harsh cleaners and chemicals. Vow to replace them with eco- and health-friendly products. Put CFLs on your shopping list and use them for every bulb that needs replacing from here on out! And when you buy these products, make sure they get placed in reusable bags!
Start stretching, limber up and let the “green cleaning” commence!
If there is no joyous way to give a festive gift, give love away. — Unknown
This Christmas we want to wish you all of the things that bring you happiness. Enjoy memories of the past, live in the moment, and have hope for the future. May your New Year be filled with everything wonderful — health, happiness, laughter and especially love!
– xoxo, Mom Goes Green —
Obviously recycling has been heavy on my mind since learning of my city’s proposal to eliminate our curbside recycling service as a cost-cutting measure. (Yes, my blood is still boiling!)
This is just a reminder about one simple fact: the average household output of trash actually increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. There are a lot of opportunities to misstep this time of year…
Make sure to make wise choices as you go about preparing for the holidays:
- Think about the gifts you’re purchasing and what will happen to all of the packaging. Some things can actually be UN-packaged so YOU can do the recycling of boxes and materials.
- Reuse all of the wrapping materials you already have before you buy something new… take inventory! We often already have plenty if we made smart choices last year!
- Even when you purchase food for all of your holiday events, think about how they’re packaged. Choose recyclable materials and, well… recycle them!
- When you mail a gift, newspaper is a great cushioning material over bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Hopefully your recipient will toss the newspaper in the recycling bin after the box is opened.
Truly, this list could go on and on but, if you’re “here”, I think you already “know”… just don’t forget! Try to make “your 25%” a whole lot less.
First of all, I haven’t given up the mission… contrary to how it seems, I am not buried underneath an unforgiving pile of recycleables, I didn’t trip on a barrel of distilled white vinegar and inflict an ongoing bout of amnesia on myself, nor have I decided to give up my title of Mom Goes Green. I did, however, decide that I needed just a bit more of a break.
Maybe it was my spring trip to the ER that made me decide I needed to take some more “me time”. Perhaps it was also a tad of sadness before sending my kids back to school and wanting to make the most of our last weeks of summer. Or maybe (quite possibly) it was because I have never taken a break over the three+ years of writing this blog… all of that made me say to myself: “Self, you NEED to take a real break!”
So, I did. I will now (and I do mean it this time!) be back to my regular posting. I’m sure each of you can relate to the need for giving yourself some simple time… thank you for sticking around for my return!
xoxo, Mom Goes Green