Monday, December 31, 2012

New Idea for the New Year

I don't normally make new year resolutions. It's too easy to forget and/or lose motivation for accomplishing a goal that you decided to set on January 1st. Instead I like to start in on my goals whenever I feel compelled and ready to tackle the work involved in making change. As luck would have it, this New Year's Eve finds me compelled and ready to make a change. 
It all started a few days back when I watched a documentary on Netflix called Chemerical all about the chemicals used in cleaning, beauty and other everyday products. The argument against using these products was compelling from a health, environmental and financial view points. I got to thinking about how much I hate using some of these products because of the smells that bother my head and thought this might be worth a try. Especially when they spoke about how inexpensively they can be made at home. 

Natural products, simple products,'s right up my ally.

I've done some research online and think this seems like a very doable thing for us to implement. Of course, it'll take some time and I'll have to do it slowly over the next several months one product at a time. I think I'm going to start with laundry detergent. I've made a list of items I'll need that I'll go get this week, mix and try. 

I'll keep you-all posted along the way. Who knows, maybe eliminating some or most of the chemicals we use constantly will help me better control my migraine and fibro pains. It can't hurt.

Have you ever tried anything like this? What have your results been?


  1. I have never tried but I think I just might.


  2. I'll have to check out this documentary. Since I finished Arrested Development I've been looking for something else to watch on Netflix haha.

    I switched to mostly natural products maybe a year or two ago. Here are some ideas:

    -For cleaning bathroom sinks, countertops and toilets I mix white vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil, which is supposed to help sanitize. I do use Greenworks for the inside of the toilet bowl, which can smell strong but it's easier and seems to stay clean longer.
    -I keep white vinegar and water in a sprayer to clean mirrors/windows, which works fine as long as you have a drying rag.
    -Unfortunately my shower sucks and the vinegar doesn't cut through the grime, so I use Greenworks shower spray, which smells pretty strong.
    -For liquid soap, including both for dishes and for hands in the bathrooms, I use an unscented, clear dish soap from Costco.
    -I don't use any chemicals when dusting, just a microfiber cloth.

    Good luck!

    1. Hope you enjoyed Arrested Development :) One of my favorites.

      Thanks for the great tips!

  3. Happy New Year! Wishing you the best in 2013!

    I use vinegar, too. It's great for hard water deposits, and you can mop with a solution of 1/4 c vinegar to 1 gallon of water....even on hardwood floors :)