I’m happy to be sharing my thoughts about Green Your Life, a new ebook from Emily over at Live Renewed. I’ve followed Emily’s blog for quite some time and really enjoyed her Green in 365 posts last year. I’ve learned a lot from her–from scrubbing toilet bowls to homemade Soft Scrub to tips for using cloth diapers and wipes. Emily is a professional at doing things “greenly”–using simple, safe products and reducing consumption while you’re at it.
If you’re interested in exploring more about homemade cleaners and personal care products, recycling, eating fewer processed foods, using natural baby and childcare products, or making ethical purchasing choices, Emily’s book will be a huge help to you and something you’ll refer to again and again.
I certainly don’t consider myself to have “arrived” at any level of green living, but I was pleased to find that we do use quite a few of Emily’s strategies. We already use rags instead of paper towels (usually!), I’ve all but phased out harsh chemical cleaners, I use castile soap and mostly natural makeup products, Camon wears cloth diapers, and we generally eat whole foods. But even in those areas she still had great suggestions that I plan to follow–
- Keeping rags in two places (kitchen and hallway) makes them even more accessible.
- Use borax with vinegar to scrub toilet bowls–I haven’t found a toilet bowl cleaner I love yet, so we’ll see how I like this!
- Stuff pocket diapers (like my ever-leaky Fuzzibunz) with prefolds (YAAAAAAAAAAY! Camon can wear a Fuzzibunz longer than 45 minutes! I’ve effectively doubled my diaper stash!!!!!)
- Keep homemade stain remover in a spray bottle by the kids’ laundry hampers to pre-treat right away
And those are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head :)
I love her list of common additives to personal care products, where they come from, and what they do (would you like a little methylchloroisothiazolinone with that?). It’s eye-opening to see just what that long-named substance is supposed to be doing to my hair (and maybe I don’t really want it to do that anyway!) and I would love to find an inexpensive but more natural shampoo option. (I wasn’t very happy with how the baking soda method worked for me before.)
Anyway, if you or someone you know would like to get started simplifying in these areas, you should definitely obtain a copy of this book. It’s easy to reference–the Table of Contents in linked to the chapters so you can click right to where you want to go–and you can print off pages if you’d like a hard copy. And if you purchase before February, you’ll also get a free membership to the Green Your Life challenge.
What’s your biggest success (or failure!) in trying to do something more naturally? I’d love to hear :)
This post is part of a Blog Hop to celebrate the release of Green Your Life: A Guide to Natural, Eco-Friendly Living. Check out what other bloggers are saying about the great new book:
Jan. 8 – Ninth Street Notions
Jan. 9 – Red and Honey
Jan. 10 – Running Family
Jan. 12 – Five Little Homesteaders
Jan. 13 – My Blessings Homeschool
Jan. 14 – Vintage Kids | Modern World
Jan. 15 – The Humbled Homemaker
Jan. 17 – Accidentally Green
Jan. 20 – Home With Purpose
Jan. 21 – Intentionally Simple
Jan. 22 – Feed Me Mama
Jan. 23 – Saving by Making
Jan. 24 – More Than Mundane
Jan. 27 – My Humble Kitchen
Jan. 28 – Sorta Crunchy
Jan. 29 – Simply Rebekah
Jan. 30 – A Delightful Home
Jan. 31 – Gidget Goes Home
(And I do get a commission if you purchase through my link, but as always, I would not tell you I liked a product just for money. :) This really is a comprehensive book that has been very helpful to me!)