As the end of 2018 approaches, I've been thinking of tangible ways I can make 2019 a year of both change and self-love. I've noticed I feel more connected to the world around me when I'm not drowning in excess or noise. I also feel better when I know I've made choices that are healthy for myself, my family and the planet.
So launches my two-part 2019 goal: At the beginning of each month, I'll swap out five items in my home for more eco-friendly and non-toxic products. Then, at the end of each month, I'll donate or up-cycle five things in my home that aren't used or are unnecessary.
My goal is to take a big step back to really assess how I can be making longterm changes that will improve my well-being, the lives of my family members and make me a better steward of this planet. Some months it might be super easy; other months it will be a challenge. Regardless, each month, five items will be replaced and five items must go.
I believe in setting goals that are attainable, but that are going to make you reach a little! But, because I want to really make myself reach (partially because I'm insane and take on way too much), I'm going to work to make my swaps be affordable options and search for new places to donate my goods.
My hope is that as a family, we'll learn the importance of choosing items wisely and living a simpler life.
Each month I'll also share what items I've swapped and the new things in their place. Plus I'll share a little about what things we've said "goodbye" to and the new non profit we've donated to!
Have you and your family tried one of the above ideas? How did it go?
I love being environmentally-minded with the decisions I make. I also really appreciate knowing products in my home aren't full of toxic chemicals. But really, I'm super cheap and pretty lazy.
That's why I make my own cleaning products. I know what's in them, they're not going to harm the planet, they save me money and I don't have to put on a bra and drive to the store. It's my dream.
Here are a few of my favorite DIY cleaning products made with as few ingredients as possible, that smell good, save you money and take five minutes to prepare. Not five minutes a piece, five minutes total. Woo!
Glass & Window Cleaner
Combine the following ingredients in a glass spray bottle:
I love this Borax-free alternative that works in both HE and non-HE machines!
Combine the following in an air-tight container:
Add 1-2 tablespoons per load.
Combine the following:
Sprinkle into your toilet and scrub with a toilet brush. Follow with:
Combine the following in a glass spray bottle:
Spray on surfaces and wipe with a damp cloth.