Now I have always been the tree hugger of my family. I love the planet and I want to help save it. Also being green really helps save the green. The hubs and I have taken a few steps recently to really move forward on our mini green movement.
One of the very first decisions we made baby wise after finding out we were pregnant was to use cloth diapers instead of disposables. So far we are one month in and we love it. They are so easy to use and we don't have to worry about making a midnight trip to the shoppette for diapers. We used disposables for the first month because she was just to tiny to fit in her cloth diapers we had bought and I hated them. I hated making so much trash. I hated that we went through them so fast and I hated having to spend so much money on them.
|Just a few from our stash :)|
Alright so after the cloth diapers I was like what else can we do to reduce our foot print on little old Earth. I wanted to use cloth wipes. Mr. Cherry put his foot down with a very firm no. He thinks he will get the gross stuff on him because they are to small. I on the other hand use them every now and then. They are just more convenient when you are using cloth diapers. The wipes led me to thinking about our paper towel use. Paper towels... what a waste. I mean people didn't always have paper towels, they used real kitchen towels and real napkins, so why couldn't I? So I did my research and I found Unpaper Towels. They are thin like paper towels and absorbent enough to dry your hands, clean the counter, wipe your face, and whatever else you use paper towels for.
These are the ones I ordered:
|Image from Unpaper Towels shop|
To go with our new "unpaper towels" I wanted a chemical free cleaner. So I ventured back into the internet and found that vinegar was used as a cleaner. You could even soak some orange peels in the vinegar to make it smell better. So I decided to try it out.
|Soaking in that citrus smell!|
|After a few days it was ready to be used!|
- 1 cup of vodka
- 2 cups of water
- 25-30 drops of essential oils for smell :)
- I used 15 drops of Lavender and 15 of Peppermint ( it smells wonderful and cleans great too!)
This solution can be used for so many things too! Cleaning the counters, windows, sink, jewelry, and you can even sprtiz it on some stinky fabric and it will take care of the smell.
Alright well those are the things we have changed for now. We are looking into a few other ways to green up our lives and I will let you know when that happens.