Last week I posted about my new commitment to myself to be happy (click HERE to read). There is a few little changes I am making to ensure I have control over my own happiness. It is not something that will happen overnight and there will be times when I am sure I will feel like I failed. I am excited to push myself to being more accountable to my own feelings. Once I take ownership in what makes me feel completely satisfied then I will be able to inspire those around me. It is a journey I am very excited about taking. While that in itself will bring lots of inner changes, I have started to focus on some external areas that need some improvement. In my list I spoke of my family’s eating habits and our desire to become a GMO Free family. I have been doing lots and lots of research and found some really great stuff. Thanks to social media there are ways to get so much information right at my finger tips. Sometimes that information is in the form of facts and sometimes it is strictly motivation to keep fighting the fight. Over the last few months I have really started to think about what I can do to help make my home healthy but it seemed a little overwhelming as to where to begin. Then I stumbled across this on one of my GMO Free pages…
There it was! A list of where to start to make my home feel happier and healthier. It may seem silly but many of these things I have talked to Logan about in passing. Now here it is in my face, right at the time of my new awakening, so I took it as a sign… There is so much change happening in my heart right now that adding one more thing seems to make sense and is so overwhelming all at the same time. I am usually the person who sets a goal and needs it done RIGHT NOW but I have given myself the entire year to make these changes. Some will be easier then others, and some don’t even apply to us at all.
- Switch out plastic containers for glass- I have wanted glass food storage for what seems like forever. The cost of tossing all my tupperware and replacing it with the glass version is not cheap. It is actually pretty expensive. Whenever I am out thrifting I always search for glass food storage options. Buying them used would be beneficial on so many different levels (cost savings, reusing stuff= less waste, meeting the goal of glass storage, etc.) but I have had little to no luck. I have picked up jars to use for bulk food storage. I will continue searching and this will probably be the very last part of this list that is met. I will also look for metal options as well.
- Cut out bleached products- We don’t use bleach products for cleaning. I make my own laundry detergent (recipe can be found HERE) plus I am a vinegar/water type of gal so we are pretty set there. I will be more aware of the food products that we buy that are bleached when replacing the old with new.
- Give up Antibacterial soaps– We don’t use hand sanitizer in our house because I truly feel germs are important. It wasn’t until Kelli’s Green Living Seminar at MommyCon (for more info click HERE) that I learned how bad the antibacterial agents can be. Now when I buy certain products I will be more careful to make sure that is just good ole fashion soap.
- Replace Teflon Pots and Pans- Teflon is a really common product used on pots and pans. It helps to keep food from sticking and making a hard-to-clean mess. The downside is that when Teflon pans become sufficiently heated, the nonstick coating begins to decompose, releasing one or more of 15 different toxins and as the pans become hotter, the chemicals released become more toxic. This is true for all nonstick cookware brands. (Source) The toxins are released into your food that you digest and the air you breath and can cause some pretty serious illness. Luckily, we bought new pans last year that are stainless steel and do not have a nonstick lining… except for our frying pan. We do have my old set of KitchenAid cookware that we use as a secondary set and every single piece is lined with Teflon. We will be replacing our frying pans and secondary set with a ecosafe, teflon free option, such as porcelain or aluminum Then we will need to work on finding a waffle maker and electric griddle option as well.
- Switch to natural cosmetics and personal-care products- We started this process at the beginning of the year. While I refuse to go through and just toss the crappy stuff out, we are buying more natural products when the old ones run out. I am even considering going Poo Free but hubby isn’t really on board quite yet. We have been using recycled toilet paper and paper towels for a few years now and love them! I am also planning on switching to a Diva Cup too. What are your favorite natural products to use?
- Get rid of Chemical-based cleaners- We talked about this early and for the mst part we are good. If you are looking for some great DIY cleaning products that cheaper and all-natural I have found Pinterest to a great source.
- Use an air filter instead of a room deodorizer- We don’t really use room deodorizers but I do love a candle every once and a while. I will make sure that I am buying an eco-friendly candle from now on. I think having an air filter would be a great addition in our home. I have done very little research and found they range in price form $40 up to $500. I will obviously need to look more into it to make the right choice to fit our needs and budget. We are also replacing our smoke detectors with carbon monoxide/ smoke detectors. It is not really the same thing but I thought this would be a great place to add that tidbit of information. If you have a green thumb there is so many different types of house plants that really help filter your air naturally. I am a BLACK thumb therefore that is not an option for us.
- Ditch dry-cleaning chemicals- We stopped using dry cleaning services a few months ago. We did this strictly because we could not afford it. Most of our dry cleaning bill was Logan’s work shirts and I just throw them in the wash. If that is not an option for you there are a few green dry cleaning companies out there.
- Give up chemical fertilizers and pesticides- We don’t have a yard or garden so we don’t use fertilizers. Of course going GMO Free has taught me a lot about the pesticides that are used in and on most of our food products. There is always alternatives to anything that is full of poisonous chemicals. Most of the products that are used to fertilize your food or kill the bugs who want to eat it are dangerous. I know in AZ that we have lots of bugs and some of us need to use a pesticide service to keep them at bay. There are companies that offer “green and natural” services. They may not be the cheapest option but it will keep you, your family and our environment healthier. Pinterest is also helpful to find some natural recipes for these products as well.
I will let you know how this goes as I maje progress. Have any of you done any of these things? How did it go for you and do you have any tips for me?