A Wife Loved Like The Church

Green living, Part 2

Posted on: March 17, 2010

Here is the second part of my three part series on green living. Click here for Part 1.

Why is our family striving to become green? Green living to me is a way to reveal to this world just one more aspect of Christ. Romans 1:19-20 (NLT) says “They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” God has revealed Himself to this world through His creation. I want to do my part to ensure that His creation stays healthy and vibrate so that generations from now, people will still be able to see God’s hand through His creation.

One of the easiest ways our family incorporated being “green” was with green cleaning.

In the Spring of 2008, I began reading about how many cleaning products contained possible carcinogens, reproductive toxins and nervous system disrupting chemicals. It freaked me out, not only for Jonathan and my exposure, but for Julia (and future W’s – we love you Hannah!). Jonathan agreed that once our cleaning supplies were done, we could purchase all new “greener” cleaners.

We first started buying “green products” like Green Works, Seventh Generation or Mrs. Meyers. These products contain no harsh chemicals, are plant derived and biodegradable (making them better not only for household use, but for the environment) and list the ingredients that they contain. I love all these brands. We use them for our laundry detergent and dish washing soap. The only complaint I’ve ever had is with dishwasher soap, it seems everythign but Electrosol leaves us with crazy haze and water spots. But, that’s no longer a problem for us.

After our supply ran out, I started making “green products”. I came across Women’s Voices for the Earth, who introduced me to “Green Cleaning Parties“. A green cleaning party “is a fun event where you and your friends learn how to make non-toxic cleaners from common ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and essential oils.”  The cleaner recipes are super easy to make and are perfect for large batches. Two years ago, my friend Dana, received homemade cleaning products as a Christmas present and loved it! So, my suggestion? Make the cleaners yourself and then gift them to those around you.

In this video, I explain how to make homemade soft scrub (for use in the kitchen or bath):

6 Responses to "Green living, Part 2"

This is very informative! I’m launching a cleaning blog next week (idreamofclean.net …still under construction) and you should totally do a guest post!

Christine, I would love to do a guest post! I’ve actually been thinking about that more and more – asking other bloggers to guest post for me and/or I for them. Maybe we can guest post for each other?

Absolutely! I’ll email you and we can work out the details 🙂

Sis, you are truly remarkable. I could swear David reared you!! I love how you share all this and put it in the context that is so appropriate for you. Well done little girl. Your mom is soooo proud of you. And great to know you are rearing your children in such a healthy enviroment. Thanks!! Love you sweet girl.

Oh, one more thing… Love the shirt!!

xxoo momma

[…] I’ve been getting low on detergent, but avoiding buying it again. We’re trying to purchase cruelty-free products, and unfortunately, for cleaning supplies, that often means buying this brand (which is great, but expensive) or make my own. I don’t buy Windex or any other multi-purpose cleaners anymore because pouring some vinegar and water into a spray bottle is ridiculously easy and cheap. It works as well or better, too. My friend Sarah is an expert on green living, and you can read about her going green efforts here and here. […]

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