Make Domestic Goddess Dusting Cloths

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Ready to make some Domestic Goddess Dusting Cloths?

These reusable fleece cloths are a must have in your home blessing routine and they make a cute little gifts for the giving too!

Don’t feel like you need to go out and purchase fleece – just grab an old hoodie or blanket and chop up that.  Maybe go thrifting at g.w. for some cheap finds to cut into squares or rectangles.  The shape truly does not matter – it’s the magic of the fleece that grabs onto the dust!  Hooray for static charged fabrics 🙂

So, that’s it.  Get fleece.  Cut into squares.  Then fold in half & half again, tie with cute yarn and attach my Domestic Goddess Dusting Cloth poem to sweeten up the gifting.  Cloths can be washed and reused again & again!!

Watch the video:

 

Remember to print out the domestic goddess dusting cloth poem

Want me to make these for you? Take a peek in the All Natural Me Shop to see what’s listed!

Farmer’s Market Veggie Roast

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It’s market day and time to grab, chop & roast all the fresh veggies I can get my hands on!!



Anything goes ~ really!!

Well, maybe not turnips.

And I’m learning about the greens too.  They can get a lil’ bitter if roasted too long, so next time any brussel sprouts, snap peas or bok choy come my way, I will add to the pot them half-way into the roasting time.

Good things to throw into the roasting pan:

Potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, tomatoes, mushrooms, GARLIC, asparagus, cauliflower, green beans, cabbage… you get the idea.

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Make Your Own Laundry Powder

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Made a video just for you!!

Super easy recipe for a homemade laundry powder. Works great with front loaders too.

Only 4 ingredients to mix together – Borax, Washing Soda, Baking Soda, Boraxo – careful pouring, it can be dusty! Smells a little perfumey when you make it, but doesn’t show up too much at the end of laundering. Believe me, if it did, I’d be annoyed!!

This recipe is certainly easy on the wallet as well and Mama & Papa are loving this one.

If powder just doesn’t do it for ya, try the liquid laundry recipe.

EWG Healthy Home Tips

Environmental Working Group is definitely one of the best organizations to promote.  We spread the word about them in our Karma Kards with their Cosmetic Ingredients and Pesticides in Produce cards.

They are also sharing some of the best and most important tips you can do in your home for environmental health.  Please visit Healthy Home Tips for the extended versions.

Tip 1:  Know the ingredients in your personal care products.
Just because a label says “gentle” or “natural” doesn’t mean it’s kid- safe.  Look up your products on CosmeticsDatabase.com.  Read the ingredients and avoid triclosan, BHA, fragrance, and oxybenzone.

Tip 2:  Eat Organic & Fresh foods.
Opt for organic fruits and veggies, or use FoodNews.org to find conventionally grown produce with the least pesticides.  Choose milk and meat without added growth hormones.  Limit canned food and infant formula, as can linings contain bisphenol A (BPA).

Tip 3:  Avoid fire retardants.
Choose snug-fitting cotton pajamas for kids, and repair or replace worn out foam items.

Tip 4:  Pick plastics carefully.
Some plastics contain BPA, which is linked to cancer.  Avoid clear, hard plastics marked with a “7” or “PC” and choose baby bottles made from glass.  Don’t microwave plastic containers.  Stay away from toys marked with a “3” or “PVC.”  Give your baby a frozen washcloth instead of vinyl teethers.

Tip 5:  Wash those hands, but avoid Triclosan.
In addition to reducing illness, frequent hand washing will reduce kids’ exposure to chemicals.  Skip anti-bacterial soaps, since they can be bad for the environment, aren’t any better than soap and water, and can contain pesticides that are absorbed through the skin.

Tip 6:  Skip the non-stick, the dangers of teflon.
When overheated, non-stick cookware can emit toxic fumes.  Cook with cast iron or stainless steel and bake with oven-safe glass instead.

Tip 7:  Your Green Holiday Kitchen.
Get tips for a healthy kitchen this holiday season.

Tip 8:  Filter Your Tap Water.
Use a reverse osmosis system or carbon filter pitcher to reduce your family’s exposure to impurities in water, like chlorine and lead.  Don’t drink bottled water, which isn’t necessarily better.  Mix infant formula with fluoride-free water.

Tip 9:  Get rid of that (toxic) dust.
Kids spend lots of time on the floor, and household dust can contain contaminants like lead and fire retardants.  HEPA-filter vacuums capture the widest range of particles and get rid of allergens.  Leave your shoes at the door so you don’t bring more pollutants inside.

You see, I was right!  Just like I blogged with Take Your Shoes Off Upon Entering!!!

Not only is taking your shoes off at the door a good idea for environmental health, it’s just plain respectful too.  And as Feng Shui masters remind us, it keeps the energy of the outside world – outside!  Promote the health of your blessed home.

Make Your Own Laundry Soap

While I was laid up in the hospital, I decided to do something I don’t do very often – watch TV.  Did you know there’s a show on The Learning Channel about a mother who’s had 18 kids?  Holy $#*!  That woman must have a uterus made of steel.  Anyways, this family does something I thought was very cool – They make their own laundry soap!  And it’s actually a very easy way to save money and reduce the amount of plastic laundry detergent bottles that quickly come in and out of the house.

Look how simple the ingredients are:

1 bar of soap
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder
and a big ass bucket

To make your homemade laundry soap, just grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load.

Many thanks to the Family Homestead for sharing that recipe, having a step-by-step picture page just for us newbies and they also sell a laundry soap kit for gift giving or for us lazy mamas with the soap already grated.  Whoo hoo!

Just Pretend You Can Afford a Green Home

If green design seems to be available for only those who are sustainably wealthy, you can always just pretend. I found a really cool website that lets you play around building your dream home and gives you choices on energy use, recycling and appliances.  Even how you eat will affect the overall green rating of your new casa.

All Natural Me designed a virtual home that rated: so fresh, so clean.

I will confess that I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t opt for the green roof option. At the time, I really wanted the bamboo siding instead and I was thinking that truly, the roof would need to be flat to have a garden on it, right? We wouldn’t want peat moss and posies sliding off and plopping into my chemical free lawn. The wood siding was just so pretty…

Oh darn. I could have really lowered my energy use by choosing the living roof top. Can I edit My Abodo and make it even more green?

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Unplug Appliances and Reduce Electricity Use

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You can reduce your electricity consumption and the energy emissions you create with a simple green step of unplugging your appliances when you are not using them.  Even if it’s not actively being used, the appliance still has energy flowing into it.  As a green practice and to have better fire safety in your house, remember to unplug your toaster, hair dryer, coffee maker, radio, blender and juicer when you’re not using them.

When it’s time to replace appliances, look for the blue energy star which means the product is more green by being energy efficient.  You can even look for energy star approvals when looking for a new home or making improvements.  More information can be found at energystar.gov.

How to Start Being Natural Me Even if you know absolutely nothing!

Many people are hesitant about going natural and being more eco-friendly because they are aware of the odds being stacked against them and feel like they won’t make a difference. “I’m only one person, what can I do?” A lot! Never underestimate the impact YOU can have.

Have you heard the saying, “Think Globally and Act Locally”? Well it’s not just some nice sounding eco-babble; it’s so true! It ALL starts with you.

Sometimes people will ask me why I care so much about the environment & recycling and comment that my individual efforts are not going to change the world. I tell them they may be right! Alone, I cannot change the world but it’s a good starting point. Then, I tell them to eat compost. I’m going to keep living my life with a conscious and setting a good example so they need to start taking some notes. Act more and talk less!

Another thing people commonly ask me is if it is necessary for them to use organic deodorant or organic underwear or organic whatever? And I tell them, absolutely YES! Anytime you can show your support, buy organic! Whether it is body care, clothing, household goods or food; Organic is ALWAYS better. Support the companies who are choosing alternatives to pesticides and chemicals. Organically produced products are better products for the world we live in. So choose organic. Even your deodorant! It ALL starts with you.

Only you can make the decision to use natural products, eat organic foods, take healthy vitamins and start being more aware of issues that affect your health and the environment.
You can start living TODAY as a Natural Me!
These new changes may seem to only affect you but they collectively add to everyone’s right to a healthy environment. Mother Earth Thanks You!

The next step is to adopt your new Natural Me lifestyle in your home environment. Start using natural cleaning products. No more chemicals! Plain and simple, they are poisonous and pollute your indoor air. They do not add to your health but only add toxins to your body. Find eco-friendly cleaning alternatives and eliminate the hidden chemicals as well like artificial air fresheners, “fragrance”, moth balls, dishwashing and laundry detergents, bleach and bleached paper products and pesticides! Please stop using chemicals and pesticides. There are many other effective and safe options that are better choices for your healthy home.

Make recycling happen in your house. Plastics, glass, tin, aluminum, paper, cardboard and food scraps should not be allowed to enter the trash can. Get to know your recycling center and appoint a certain time each week or month to drop off your recyclables. Build or invest in a compost bin for your decomposable products like food, leaves and grass clippings. Start reducing the amount of waste YOU create.

When you go shopping, look for products that are recycled biodegradable and are not over packaged. Before you buy anything, ask yourself IF you really need it? Do you really need to bring MORE STUFF into your home? (and eventually into a landfill) Remember it’s REDUCE, Reuse then Recycle. Buy used, Buy Eco-friendly or Don’t Buy it at all.

As you are buzzing around trying to fight the hungry commercial demon inside of you, let your Natural Me lifestyle trickle into your car by using natural cleaning methods and only scenting your car with essential oils or herbs. Say goodbye to that fake smelling green tree you have dangling on your mirror and hang up a diffuser scented with real evergreen oil instead.

After you start being Natural Me within yourself, at home and in your car, then you can start sharing this new outlook in your daily life with your friends and family. Let the eco-vibe rub off on all that you do at school, at work and everything that you participate in. There is always a better way to do things. Teach others how to be more natural and create less waste. Encourage your school and workplace to adopt a recycling and chemical-free policy. Think about all the people you know. You have the power to make an impact on them all.

We are proud of you and are touched that you want To live your life as a Natural Me!

Remember, Change is possible and It ALL starts with one person ~ YOU.