Green Clean

This is the month of spring cleaning and blogs are really pushing out a ton of GREAT information on Going Green.  Personally, I’m not an “environmentalist”.  I think it’s important for us to be stewards of the Earth and I think it’s important to keep ourselves healthy and safe.  So what does this mean for me?  Well, I’m becoming very convicted on two big topics: natural cleaning and triclosan.  So in my home I’m moving “back in time” by using a LOT more vinegar and baking soda and getting rid of all my store bought cleansers and my Bath and Body Works antibacterial soap.

I’ll be posting a bit more about both of these topics during the rest of April.  I’ve had a lot of focus on the “Catholic” part of me lately (Lent does that to you!) but seasons come and go, and I’m starting a season of more “Mom” and “Homemaker”.  A lot of this is the “Young” part too.  I’ve noticed that the green movement is very much a young person’s movement.  My generation is starting to recognize that frugality and naturalness are better than convenience.  We might still have all our iPads and plasma tv’s, but we’re driving hybrids (or biking!) and using natural cleansers in our NYC lofts.

So today, besides my spring cleaning projects, I used a box that I got at the church garage sale (buying second-hand, what a great Green thing to do!) to finally pack up all the junk I’m getting out of my house.  A good chunk of this is the soap that I love.. but I love my health more and the dangers of triclosan are really starting to hit home with me.

Just look at all this stuff I’m getting rid of!  And MOST of it is being replaced with a box of baking soda and a big bottle of vinegar (which are both MUCH MUCH MUCH cheaper and last longer!).

If you are looking for some more info on this (although I will dedicate a few more posts to these topics) check out Kitchen Stewardships recent post on this topic.