I am wanting to start to live a greener lifestyle for me and my children. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Karen - posted on 11/07/2011

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One of the best homemade cleaners is this :
Multipurpose Cleaner
1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1 cup household ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
It works on many things, from tiles, linoleum floors, appliances, counter tops, etc.
I got it from this site that has many other homemade cleaners as well
http://www.naturodoc.com/library/lifesty...

Tiffany - posted on 11/07/2011

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Sent you a message. Let me know what you think!! My house is chemical free. After switching your home over you will gag when going into walmart or wherever you shop. Great products. They have no chlorine bleach, no ammonia, no toxic chemicals, are have no need for a safety cap. If anyone is looking for stuff like this email me at tjmdarnel@hotmail.com

Denikka - posted on 11/06/2011

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There's TONS of stuff that you can do.
The easiest I can think of is to use the 3 R's. Reduce, reuse and recycle.
Reduce the amount you waste. Use cloth to wipe up spills and wash it instead of using paper towel. That sort of thing. Plan out shopping trips and try to combine errands to use less gas.
Reuse. Most things have more than one use. You can buy clothing from second hand stores. You can cut up old clothing that can't be worn anymore to get rags. Lots of stuff (like egg cartons) can be used in crafts. I personally spend a tiny bit extra to buy things in glass jars (like jam) so that I can reuse them for storage (like spices)
Recycle. I'm sure you know what recycling is :P So do it. Papers, plastics, glass. All in separate bins and take them down to the recycling center.

You can do things like making your own laundry soap (Google homemade laundry soap :P)
You can also start a garden. No matter where you live, you can still have something. Herbs can be grown in cut off pop bottles and they're GREAT to use in your cooking. You can have a tomato plant in an old bucket.
If you own a home, composting is a good plan. You can do it all naturally, or you can get kits that come with worms and walk you through it step by step (I think you could even use those kits in something like an apartment, they don't smell) (Google red wriggler composting, tons of info out there :) )

A lot is just common sense. Just think about what you could reduce, reuse or recycle, and start implementing changes :)
Good luck :)

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Denise - posted on 02/28/2012

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Hi Bridget, Good for you! I love to hear that more and more people are wanting to make a difference and help save our planet for future generations.

You could start by getting educated on what is toxic in your home. Your home environment is even more toxic than outside air because we always keep it closed up.

The steam from your automatic dishwasher is toxic and it takes 7 days to dissipated. I was so shocked when I started to educate myself on all of this.

Not only are the products we use in our homes harmful to our health but also our waterways.

Here is a list I share with people to help them educated themselves.

http://www.ddoxilly.toxinchecklist.com

I also recycle everything that can be recycled and I talk to my kids about this too and why its important. They like to be involved.

Michelle - posted on 02/11/2012

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It looks as though some of the other members have done a good job of covering the basics. My advice would be to be patient and make baby steps. Small changes are much easier to make stick than trying to implement everything all at once.



I do suggest keeping things like baking soda and vinegar on hand at all times - you can do A LOT with only those two items in your cupboards. AND if you can find it I highly recommend Dr. Bronner's soaps - they're awesome and will not only clean your body, but you can use them for cleaning your home and even brushing your teeth.



Here's my recipe for homemade laundry soap if you're interested:



http://greenearthbazaar.com/2010/05/14/d...



Good luck to you in your new greener lifestyle! Peace. ;)

Bobbieann - posted on 01/11/2012

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I work for a company that has all natural cleaning supplies and also vitamins etc.... We use all of them no safety caps needed they are all natural! If you want more info please let me know or visit my website www.yourplanb.weebly.com

Shelley - posted on 12/12/2011

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Stop using all disposable products such as paper plates, ziplocks, etc. Get rid of teflon pans and switch to glass instead of plastic. Being green and living healthy is about getting rid of the things you think are safe for your family but really arent. As you are just starting out it may seem extreme but removing self induced toxic exposure is really needed. About 90% of illness is related to environment. Ultimately changing over makeup and lotions, perfume, etc. When you rid your home and life of these chemical products you will see a sense of smell return that you never knew you were missing. Just by changing our cleaning products the first time we stayed in a hotel after using green products my daugther nearly ran from the hotel room stating she couldn't stay there because the room smelled so strong of chemicals. There are also many other health benefits as most products we use are endrocrine disrupters, cause cancer, cause fertility problems and numerous other health ailments. I am not perfect by any means and good job on the decision to get started! Let me know if you need any help choosing safe products

Erica - posted on 12/12/2011

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It's true that there are so many simple green living steps to take it's hard to know where to even start. There are tons of websites loaded with tips. I think the most important areas to get a handle on are energy and food. Make your house more energy efficient (again, lots of web resources on this), go solar if you can by leasing a system (sungevity.com, solarcity.com), and try to buy as much local, organic food if you can. You can find a local organic farm who will deliver a box of veggies every week at localharvest.org. Most important of all is to engage in the political process on enviro issues b/c we can screw in all the LED light bulbs in the world and we're still in trouble if major policy changes are not made. Kudos to you for taking the initiative!

Julianna - posted on 11/25/2011

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Start with the everyday products that you use in your home and for your family. Getting toxic chemicals out of your home is a big deal especially if you have children. I can recommend some if you like.

Bridget - posted on 11/07/2011

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Karen-Thanks so much i will use that from now on :) Jeanette- I am excited about the responses too :) I have never seen that documentary it sounds pretty interesting though.

Jeannette - posted on 11/07/2011

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Have you watched the documentary No Impact Man? He has ideas! The only way I think I could realistically survive the way he and his family did would be out in the mountains. Put me around a Starbucks and a light switch and I am using both! :)
Seriously, I think being greener is a great idea. I wish my community had a regular recycling program. We have these recycling days that are sporadic and you have to be paying attention to the local news to know when the next one will be. Sometimes they are not for several months and no one has room to stack waste that long. I am looking forward to reading some of the responses you get. :)

Bridget - posted on 11/07/2011

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Thanks so much Denikka :) I really appreciate the suggestions i will do those. Do you know any recipes for homemade cleaners? I have heard horror stories about the toxins that are in them and would like to start making my own. Thanks again

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