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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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Health & Beauty March 16, 2010

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.

 

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

 

Blown Away at Bob’s March 3, 2010

Today, I went to Bob’s Red Mill. Wow. It was incredible.

Someone had asked me to make a gluten free cake for a baby shower . In all my research and searching, I found Bob’s gluten free chocolate cake mix to be the tastiest, with a texture closest to “normal” cakes. So, hoping to find better prices than Fred Meyer had to offer, I headed out to visit the Mill.

I was wonderfully surprised, first of all, by the prices. They were half the cost, and sometimes a bit less than half. The selection was outstanding, from fresh baked breads and pastries, to bulk foods, to restaurant sized bags of dry goods. Organic options were all over the place, and most of Bob’s products are GMO free and all natural. I also enjoyed a fabulous lunch (the potato soup was to die for!) My meal was very reasonably priced, down right cheap for the quality of food I got. Yummm. Breakfast is also popular here, and some of the meals I saw around me looked super.

Overall, I was totally impressed with Bob. I can say I will be using him for all my baking needs.

Another sustainable success!

-Katelan

 

Green Grocery Goals February 23, 2010

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Mission: My first shopping trip to Trader Joe’s.

Question: Can I buy my weekly groceries for around the same total cost and go organic?

I head to Joe’s, looking very Oregonian in my flips flops, jeans, messy bun and Oregon Ducks hoodie. To complete my urban hippie-chic look, I even wrangled up all my reusable grocery sacks, which I must admit, haven’t made an appearance at my previous shopping trips to Safeway and Wal-Mart. I’m jumping remember? Plus, I want to look like a seasoned pro at Trader Joe’s, not a newbie.

What did I find? Organic food is pricey, but not all of it is unreasonable. I found tortilla chips and many other organic products sold under the Trader Joe’s label to be quite comparable. Some prices shocked me. But, I kept reminding myself that quality food, made without growth hormones and tons of chemicals, SHOULD cost more. Overall, I spent a little more than I normally would, but I also bought some food that didn’t make my grocery list, just to try it out.

After my so-so go at green grocery glory, I was a bit disappointed, but not defeated.

Then, today, I was banking inside the Fred Meyers, when I decided to take a stroll through their organic section. I was excited to see a great selection, and some pretty great prices. They had lots of sales and many choices that I did not see at Joe’s. The bulk foods section even offered some fair-trade items, as well as many organic foods. Then, it  was as if the end cape lit up with the beam of sun breaking through the clouds to spot light organic cheesy pasta goodness. Mac and Cheese, on special, half-off.  There is hope. I can make eco-friendly, organic food choices and not destroy my bank account.

Now, I am sitting with a bowl full of organic pasta bunnies, made with organic milk and regular butter (I am still using up my Wal-mart food…it’s a process, remember?) . The best part is it tastes great; maybe it is the taste of a small victory, or maybe the flavor of knowing what I am putting in my mouth didn’t come at the cost destroying of our planet.

I’d say it was a pretty promising start to this adventure…

Excited,

Katelan