greening the home

Moving into the "green" mindset has been a choice of my family being healthier and our habits being more budget-friendly.  I know a lot of people feel like it's "jumping on the bandwagon" or it's just "a fad", but really, it's just like anything else.  There are pros and cons of the changes.  I also firmly believe in helping to sustain this amazing world that God blessed us with and placed us on to take care of and be good stewards of. 
He calls us to do so. (Genesis 1:28, Genesis 2:15)

Moving on from the soapbox....I wanted to share some of my favorite "green" items we've been using around our home lately.

(Six of these are made from just one recycled 12 oz. plastic bottle, the soap in them is biodegradable and phosphorus free, they clean pots and pans without any hard scrubbing, and they don't scratch the surface of my pots and pans at all.  Love them.)

(Cleans germs botanically instead of with nasty chemicals that I can't pronounce.  Odds are if I can't pronounce what's in it...I don't want it in my home.  Love how this stuff suds up!)

(I can use this on the same counter surface I make a sandwich on.  Cleans botanically just like the bathroom cleaner.  It's a multi-surface spray and replaces the other nasty chemical-ridden options at the stores.  Be prepared for a different smell--it is natural and not induced with chemicals to smelly perfectly lovely--but I have gotten so used to the natural plant smell, I love it.)

(We found these at a local store that sells all things green.  These gallon-size bags keep fruits and veggies so fresh, plus they are reusable! Just wash them with a little soap and water and turn them upside down to dry.)

(Also found these at our local green store.  Oh my goodness.  They're amazing! I have cut down on the number of paper towel rolls I buy tremendously.  You just wet the cloth and use it as a paper towel. So absorbent, fights tough stains, and is completely reusable.  I have used the same one for months now since the cool little cloths are top-rack dishwasher safe.)

*You can find all these products on Amazon by clicking the link I have included with the names.  However, I do recommended buying the Seventh Generation at your local Target.  Use a Target coupon they often have on their website and a manufacturer's coupon you can usually find as a print-out online, and you get a great deal on these eco-friendly products.  They're not bad for the budget at all...even if you don't have a coupon.

So what "green" options are you enjoying in your home? How has it helped your budget or made you feel more at peace with what your family is being exposed to?

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  1. Thanks for sharing these items, Cait! I have been thinking about making my home more green as well and I think a shopping trip to Target is due! :o) Have a great weekend!

  2. those are all great tips : ) I am definitely trying to become more eco-friendly. Slowly but surely, I'm getting there! Have a great weekend!

  3. That's great! Try Seventh Generation's carpet cleaner too. We had a couple stains I couldn't get our for the life of me, but their cleaner did the trick!
    My green tips...
    I use reusable shopping bags. Saves money too!
    We tried composting for awhile, but then bugs got in it. I did what the directions said, so not sure about that one. I tried though.
    I plan to cloth diaper!

  4. Hi Cait! We try to be as "green" as possible around here too. I love the SG Multi purpose spray! I've never seen those paper-towel things, so I'm excited to give them a try :-) Have you found a good green toilet cleaner? I've tried SO many, and they just don't do the job. If there is one thing I can't abide, it's a nasty smelling toilet! Let me know if you've had any luck in that dept. I'll have to check out your etsy shop soon! Congrats! Have a great Saturday...

  5. I love your eco friendly products!!! I have vowed to NEVER buy any type of window cleaner for quite a while back now after reading a great article in our local paper on how to make your own "green" cleaning products! I use a vinegar/water combo for my windows now and its GREAT! The vinegar smell goes away quickly and it leaves a streak-free shine! I "was" (I'm guilty of not keeping this one up after we moved last year it got bumped to the back burner) making my own all-purpose bathroom cleaner..good for the floors (linoleum), toliet, tub, sink!! Awesome! Made using hot water, liquid castile soap, and lemon essential! The storage bags are one I'll have to look for!!


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