Imagine a world where you didn’t have to wonder what was hidden in your cereal or milk or eggs or bananas…. Hard to imagine, huh? As hubby & I were making dinner the other night, we were discussing how our meat wasn’t picture-worthy. Yes, this is something I often think about. Our conversation quickly evolved into the discussion that our meat didn’t have dye and how weird it was for extra things to be added to our food and what are we really eating anyway?? While we’re definitely not super crunchy (no reusable toilet paper in our house!), we do try to make wise food and household choices that benefit both our family and our pocketbook. These 10 easy changes that you can make for a clean living lifestyle are choices we are making to make our home a better place for our children.
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1. Trade in your dryer sheets for dryer balls or use a small amount of laundry softener on a microfiber rag and toss it into the dryer with your clothes.
2. Swap paper for cloth. While we definitely still use paper towels, we do try to use our wash rags first. Mostly because I hate having to take out the trash and if we used a paper towel every time one of our four sweet children made a mess, we would have personally chopped down every rainforest on the planet. To save the homes of adorable anacondas all over the world, we use microfiber clothes for most messes.
3. Trade food coloring for natural food colors created by plants instead of processed chemicals. Or just eat your food the color that nature intended it to be…. cheese is actually supposed to be white… just sayin’.
4. Choose a food product with less ingredients. Instead of an ingredient list with 50 things that we can’t pronounce, I try to stay under 5 ingredients unless they are super common things like flour, baking soda, sugar, etc. that I know didn’t survive a chemical war just to get to my plate. Instead of mainstream coffee creamer, we’ve been trying out our sponsor, International Delight Simply Pure Coffee Creamer. With real milk, cream and sugar in our favorite flavors, I can have my coffee without starting my day off filled with unknown ingredients. You can find it at Wal-Mart in with the rest of the coffee creamers in the milk aisle. Find out more about Simply Pure Coffee Creamer here.
5. Buy a reusable water bottle instead of individual water bottles. When you are selecting a water bottle, be sure to chose one that has an opening wide enough to keep your bottle clean. Bonus points, if you can actually toss it in the dishwasher since many of them are marked for hand-washing only.
6. Trade plastic baggies that are thrown away after one use for BPA-free plastic containers or glass storage containers. I mostly use plastic baggies for school things that are going to be stored for a long time or that I can use multiple times rather than food items that will require me to throw the bag away, unless I want to hand wash the baggies… which I don’t. For food we use reusable storage containers instead.
7. Switch to LED light bulbs instead of traditional light bulbs. In fact they use less energy that the low-wattage CFL light bulbs. They do cost more, but they last a long time, so you don’t have the cost of replacing them as often.
8. Add another layer of clothes in the winter, so that you can turn the thermostat down without feeling cold to save on energy.
9. Lower your water heater five degrees. You won’t even notice it in the shower, but it will save you money and require less energy to be produced. Recycle anytime the option is available. It’s not just for aluminum cans and pizza boxes! These days almost anything can be recycled. Do your part.
10. Check out your local farmers’ market for locally-sourced foods. Many times these are less processed options and you get the bonus of knowing where your food came from.
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Every little step counts when you are making clean living choices for your family. Don’t worry about the solar panels, windmills and electric cars. Don’t try to buy everything organic. And pu-lease don’t do reusable toilet paper! Seriously, I have 4 daughters. I don’t even want to think about that laundry. Though we did use cloth diapers….. somehow it’s different.
What small changes can you make today to work towards a clean living lifestyle?