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Natural Carpet deodorizer May 21, 2010

I was looking through a green forum and a question of carpet deodorizer came up! Since we use a recipe at home I shared and I thought I’d share here too!  I added a couple other ideas just incase you don’t like what we choose to do!

There a ton of recipes online. I use this recipe and it works well. Someone in the green forum suggested using an old parmesan cheese container. We just bought a baking soda container that allows for sprinkling and reuse it. My mom actually gave an essential oil cleaning basket to us for christmas this year, (it was my idea for my brothers, needless to say I didn’t need most of it, but it was fun to help her put together.) this powder recipe was one of our things we made.

It works great! especially for me with my two dogs, one being a puppy!

Note: If you are looking for high-quality, organic, therapeutic grade essential oils, I highly recommend Natures Sunshine Products, I am simply in love with their products, they are a trusted company in our family and used in several parts of our daily life! 

Carpet Deodorizer

Ingredients:

10 drops Tea Tree
10 drops Lemon
20 drops Lavender (sometimes I switch this one out for another one of my favorites)
1 16 ounce box of baking soda
Directions: Add the baking soda to a large bowl and then add the essential oils. Be sure to mix the oils into the baking soda well. Since lemon essential oil is normally yellow, it is essential that it is mixed well into the baking soda so that no undiluted lemon oil stains your carpet. This blend may be adapted to use your favorite essential oils, but strive to add essential oils that offer antibacterial and disinfectant properties to give the deodorizer an added benefit (the oils in this blend work to accomplish that). After you have blended the oils into the baking soda, the deodorizer can be stored in a glass jar or airtight container.  Sprinkle the deodorizer onto your carpet.  Allow the deodorizer to sit on your carpet for 10-20 minutes and then vacuum normally.
Another idea:

I also saw this site while doing a quick search. It has ideas of adding aromatics! such great ideas.

Yet one more way to do it:


Supplies:
•1 cup baking soda
•1/2 cup cornstarch
•favorite herbal scent or essential oils

I haven’t searched to find out what the cornstarch does, but you can get this in the bins at Winco to make it cheaper.

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Pesticides linked to ADHD… May 18, 2010

Filed under: Buy Local,Just Getting Started,Local Supplier,shopping,Think Global — greenonthego @ 5:41 am

A friend sent me this article. All the more reason to buy local, buy organic.

Study: ADHD linked to pesticide exposure

 

A Win for Walmart May 3, 2010

Filed under: budget,Just Getting Started,shopping,Uncategorized — greenonthego @ 5:20 pm

I know, I know…Walmart?

Yep. I can honestly say I am impressed by Walmart and their move toward supplying more organic and “green” products. Say what you will about their employee policies and business ethics, but they sure made my organic gardening easy and affordable.

On a random trip to my local Walmart, I was shocked to find biodegradable seed starters with organic soil, organic potting mix and plant food and organic seeds. Hooray! I was preparing to order from catalogs and hunt down supplies throughout the Portland area.

I felt so much better knowing that was I was growing was organic, and being sown in organic soil. No harmful pesticides or chemicals will get into my food this growing season.

 

Organic fruits and veggies…. March 16, 2010

Filed under: Just Getting Started,Local Supplier,shopping — greenonthego @ 2:23 pm

First off your local farmers market is your best bet for local, fresh and organic fruits and veggies.

Ask the farmer if they follow organic practices. Some farmers have always followed organic practices but haven’t paid for the certification.

Find a farmers market or farmer near you! Go to local harvest .org

You can also choose to buy into a Farm, called a farm share. You can learn more about Community Supported Agriculture on the local harvest website as well. I found some farms on craigslist in my area that are offering a farm share. The idea is to buy into a farm for the growing season. in my area it costs about $19 per week and each week you pick up your “share” of the crops.  Many farms also offer classes and would love for you to take part in the farming experience as much as you’d like!

Buying out of season or at the supermarket:  The environmental working group  lets you know which fruits and veggies are best/worst in regards to pesticides. This link gives you a list of 47 different varieties. So you can make an educated decision and choose which ones to buy organic and which ones to not buy organic. 

Dr. Mercola site has several links and ideas on promoting sustainable agriculture.

Peeling your fruits and veggies to avoid buying organic:

I have heard from many people, that you if you can peel a fruit you can buy it non-organic. I’m not sure I buy this. Things in nature absorb chemicals including our bodies. I can’t imagine that an apple doesn’t absorb the pesticides into it. You can make that assumption on your own.

I can’t seem to find any info on this, if you know please let us know!

~Sarah

 

Health & Beauty

I have had several friends ask about how we are going green. What products we’re using, what foods we’re buying etc.

I have a few links to share along with some ideas/places to buy certain items. check back often in our Just getting started category for more ideas on what to do!

Home/Health Products

My children use California Baby for their bath soap and hair/body. I use Jason’s Naturals for kids conditioner.

Since skin care products aren’t really regulated, I enter different skin care products I like into this Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database  in order to find out which ones I was okay with putting on my children’s bodies. Feel free to punch in any of your products and figure out what works best for your family! 🙂

I just found a new lotion recommended by a friend for my daughters exema. She said that Shakai Borage dry skin therapy, is the only thing that works for her daughter. I looked it up in the skin deep database. It said it had parabens, which is something we are trying to avoid. I didn’t believe it so I gave the company a call. They have recently removed the parabens. SO, if you like a product and the database says one thing go ahead and give the company a call to make sure!

I can’t wait to try it, it sounds promising!! 🙂

Toothpaste & supplements?

We prefer Natures Sunshine products & Shaklee Products.

I was raised a Shaklee kid, chemical free home! What a great gift from my parents, Thanks mom. I still use their cleaning products they have a get clean campaign; you might have seen it on Oprah. I feel good knowing my kids are living in a chemical free house! 🙂

I was turned onto Natures Sunshine Xylibrite toothpaste after I did a  research paper in college about xylitol sweeter. It is amazing and has such great health benefits! My mom always told me how horrible fluoride was for my body, I took her advice and researched it. I opted not to raise my kids with fluoride in their toothpaste. I love xylibright for my husband and I but for my kids I’ve been sticking to the stage 1 oral B tooth paste that is fluoride free. It also has xylitol as a sweetener & anti cavity fighter.

We also use Natures Sunshine supplements for our family. My kids love their gummy Organic vitamins & supplements.

Boost their immune system:

When we are sick or around sick kids we boost our immune system with Emergen-C’s. It gives us 1,000 mg of Vitamin C plus tons of other stuff too! Trader Joes seems to have the best price at $7.99  a box. They carry the orange flavor which in my opinion is one of the best, raspberry being the other. DON’T buy Acai berry, it was so bad I contemplated throwing out the whole box. needless to say I sucked it up and downed them, but I was the one that had to do the dirty work, no one else in the house would touch them!

Fred Meyer (Kroger)  also carries them at a reasonable price given they are on sale, which they usually are at $8.99 a box.

 

Cereal update… March 12, 2010

I found a cereal the kids like and it is organic, plus it is from a company I like. Barbaras Bakery.  We found their puffins cereal to make a great snack but not the best cereal and milk sort of thing. So finding the Organic Wild puffs is a plus!

Proceeds are donated to a great cause, helping to save puffins. It’s a bird I didn’t know of before buying the cereal, but in reading the box my kids got excited about helping an animal, learning about the animal and learning that our purchase choices affects others. Such a great concept!

Okay so on to our new favorite cereal,

They seem to like it!

It’s Organic, so I’m confident in what is in it, non GMO, and all natural ingredients.

The only thing I’m not sold on is the price, so it looks like we’ll enjoy a bowl of Organic Wild Puffs once in a while….at $4.59 a box, I’ll keep an eye out for sales. Oh and I just saw cocoa ones too! My kids love their chocolate. I’ll have to give them a call and find out if they use free trade chocolate! 🙂

Maybe I’ll start a cereal co-op. Who’s in?!

Until next time~Sarah

 

Minor melt down… March 8, 2010

Oh my, I almost had a tiny nervous breakdown. I was looking for some bamboo sheets for Katelan, when I came across sheets that said, “rayon bamboo” curious by this term I decided to research bamboo fabric and i found this article that made me almost cry, literally.

Let me explain. Jordyn, my nine month old, is cloth diapered and I made her some bamboo inserts for her Gdiapers. I almost cried when i saw how many chemicals are used to break down bamboo, and that it is marketed as organic but really might not be. I just thought, “wow, I’ve gone cloth to expose her to as few chemicals as possible and then I end up exposing her to a ton of them right in her sensitive area! *sigh*”

After some more reading and calming myself down I realized that bamboo does have a certification through OEKO-Tex. I then thought, “Hooray! she’s safe!”  I also reminded myself that nothing I do will ever be perfect.  I need to relax and remember what Sue (Katelan’s mom) says about what we do most of the time.

I’m on a mission to research fabrics, but at this time unbleached organic cotton and wool might just be the best options. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Bamboo sounds too good to be true. I still want to love bamboo as much as I have in the last nine months. I’m on the fence though. As for hemp, I do not like it because of its smell. Literally I thought someone had lit up and smoked in my baby’s room one morning after she woke up with a very saturated hemp diaper. *yuck* not a happy smell to have when picking up baby, just didn’t feel right. lol