Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Go Green - Personal and laundry

This is the list of little things we do in The Good Household to lessen our impact on the earth.

Laundry
~Use a clothesline or air dry your clothes

~Use a dryer ball instead of fabric softener or sheets (dryer sheets contain animal fat, which can leave deposits inside your dryer)

~Wash your clothes in cold water

Personal
~Use baking soda and vinegar to wash your hair

~Use baking soda and water to brush your teeth

~Switch to a crystal deodorant

~Cloth diaper

~Use non disposable razors

~Cut your hair at home. The Good Husband keeps his hair buzzed so this is no problem for me to cut his hair.

~Shop at second hand and consignment shops for used clothing

~Shop garage and yard sales for used goods. I was able to get a ton of almost brand new clothes for The Good Baby by shopping yard sales.

~Switch to environmentally friendly personal products, like the Diva Cup: http://www.divacup.com/

~Buy toilet paper made from recycled paper

~Use a better toothbrush, like the replaceable head Source toothbrush:
http://www.radiustoothbrush.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=16

Coming next week - Go Green - Finances, Dining Out and Misc

3 comments:

meshaliu said...

Any tips on laundry detergent? I'm not at all sure how to check to make sure they're using veggie oils rather than petroleum.

The Good Wife said...

Mesha - I have a recipe for homemade powdered detergent coming up. But since we plan to cloth diaper too, I can't use the homemade on CDs, so going off diaper websites, I am currently using Arm and Hammer Free.

I am sure detergent like Method and Seventh Generation uses veggie oils and not petroleum.

But I can find out.

Sara said...

The green detergent I use (called Grab Green) is all natural and discloses all of their ingredients on their package and on their website - www.grabgreenhome.com