Besides using cloth diapers, what else do you do to make your lifestyle more natural/organic, and to create less waste? There are several things that we have been doing in our household for some time. I recently added a few other things, so I thought I would share them with you.
I admit I was not much of a “green” or organic type person before I started using cloth diapers. Then I realized the money I was saving, the waste I was not creating, and the “plastic” I was not placing next to my baby’s bum, and I started to think along the lines of changing other areas of our lifestyle. It’s been a little bit of a slow process, but here are the things we do at home to support a “natural” lifestyle.
:: To state the obvious, we use cloth diapers. We also use cloth wipes, and I make my own foaming wipe solution. This has saving us tons of money with Elaine, and with #2 due to arrive in about 5 weeks, the savings are about to pile up big time!
:: I made my own baby food. I did not do this exclusively. I am a bargain hunter, so if I could steal a great deal on store-bought baby food, I would use it. I also bought the store bought containers for on-the-go. I would often just mash up some fruit as we went, and a couple of times I made bigger batches of baby food for the freezer. Once we started to leave purees, Elaine just got a little bit of our dinner mashed up.
:: I make my own laundry soap and household cleaners. It did not use to bother me to use chemical-laden products. But with a toddler running around the house, I feel much safer (despite my baby locks) knowing exactly what is in those cleaners. Everything is comprised basically of baking soda, soap, vinegar, washing soda, borax, and essential oils. I use these recipes for my cleaners, and this recipe for my laundry soap. I still use Rockin’ Green or bumGenius detergent on my diapers, just to be safe!
:: We use cloth napkins and clean-up rags (no paper towels). I try very hard to remember to bring my canvas shopping bags to the grocery store. This habit is getting better!
:: I make all of our bread. This helps ensure there are no unnecessary preservatives. I do use a bread machine – no wonder woman here!
:: I use less energy by line-drying all of my clothes and diapers. I don’t really have a choice in this – the apartment came with a washer, but no way to hook up a dryer! I do love my clothesline, though!