I live a typical American life, with a busy, stressful job, complete with daily commute and evening exhaustion. Early to bed, early to rise, do it all over again. To-do lists as long as my arm for the weekend, hardly ever completed in full. The bottom line: I need some peace of mind.
There’s more to do than just decide to convert to green cleaning products in your home. If you’re like most people, you end up with the problem of what to do with the nasty chemical-laden products you are replacing. What to do with the nasty oven and toilet cleaners, windows and general purpose cleaners, and carpet and fabric cleaners? It’s not as easy a decision as you might think. I think the answer depends heavily on the reasons you decided to go green in the first place.
Of course, you can’t make lemon vinegars without peeling a few lemons. While there are lots of great things to do with fresh lemons, I’ve been craving some good pasta salad. So I worked up this recipe for lemon pasta salad with whole wheat bowtie pasta that I’m happy to share with you here.
I’m taking a look at green cleaning in my home. In my pursuit of minimalism, I set aside a few towels we didn’t need and have been looking for ways to repurpose them. If I had a bag to hold my rags and spray bottles that I could hang near my cleaning supplies, that would be a lot more convenient. So why not make a cleaning organizer rag bag out of an unneeded towel!?
Making my own green cleaning products is so confusing! I had to make a matrix to help figure it all out.
In our loud, fast-paced, consumerism-in-your-face-every-day world, I finally feel like my home is a quiet, clean, ordered space where I can think and breathe. Where the time I used to spend caring for so many things has been given back to me.
One thing in my kitchen that serves multiple purposes is my big cast iron dutch oven. I use it to make soups and stews, mashed potatoes and small batches of vegetable stock. But my favorite use for the pot is to make bread.
This project, to me, represents the very essence of the pursuit of an eco-frugality minimalist lifestyle. I’ve taken a shirt that is not useful for us anymore, but instead of donating or discarding it I’ve extended its usefulness.
As I was doing research for this post, I had a momentary vision that shocked the hell out of me. I saw in my head a mountain of discarded material that I caused in my lifetime. I pictured the pile in my front yard, where everyone could see how irresponsible I have been.
I’ve spent the last month looking around my home with fresh eyes, seeing opportunities everywhere where I can reduce my plastic footprint. Many small changes add up to big differences in my home.