Nifty Mom

Vegan, Eco-conscious, Natural Parenting, Unschooling Wife and Mom

Green Laundry November 29, 2008

Due to our family’s desire to be Eco-conscious and be away from chemicals as possible I’ve been looking and looking to find a way to get away from detergent. Also Punkyroo has Eczema. I’ve looked into Maggie’s Soap Nuts and asked other mom’s in my Natural Mother’s group and they said they work good for lightly soiled object but not so good for the tougher jobs..and with Hubby in the tiling business I need something to get all that gunk out.

While I was doing my daily “clicking to donate” (see links on the side for all the click to donate sites, all free and no spam junk, I came across this Magnetic Laundry System. It’s 2 magnets that go in your washer and it…

“Research by Physicist Dr. Hendrick Lorentz shows
that with the right magnetic fields, water molecules
(H20) are made to have similiar effects that detergent
chemicals do… in other words, they stick to other
tiny particles like dirt, and carry them off!”

 

 

So now I’m in waiting to see if anyone I know has tried these and how well they worked. We are planning on using the 7th Generation laundry detergent once our current one is empty since alot of my natural mom’s rave about it.

 

Obama…”green” white house November 28, 2008

Filed under: Eh, Political Stuff — niftymom @ 3:37 pm
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FINALLY!!

I was reading in the paper today about Obama wanting to make the white house “green”!! YAY!  Seriously if we talk and talk about making a healthier place to live, the President should have been the first to jump on board and do what he can around him, starting with where he lives. The interviewer asked a question like “so will you be going around at night turning off lights?”, now why not, if that is his choice then why not? It saves energy. Just because he’s the president doesn’t mean he can and should waste whatever he wants whereever he can.

I know here we make sure everything is only plugged into a socket when it needs to be used. No Ghost engergy suckers in this house! If it saves engergy, makes the world a little healthier and saves money than go for it. The even tiniest steps add up.

So I give kudos to Obama, I just hope it goes through.

 

Making your period green? November 24, 2008

Filed under: Mom Stuff — niftymom @ 8:35 pm
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Ok if you are a guy you might just want to skip this post…

So if you are like many you have been making eco-friendly changes in your habits and things or you are planning on it. Well we all know the main this thrown at us from reusable grocery bags, light bulbs, water bottles and such but what about that dreadful time of the month. Yep making your period green!

Since I got prego with Punkyroo in Sept 2005 I didn’t have my period until Sept DivaCup storage bag and DivaCup2008! From pregnancy to nursing and then nursing and having the Mirena put in I was loving the free and carefree ways of not worring that I might leak. But when I had my Mirena taken out things went back to normal and I had to think about my period again, drats!!

As I was looking through the Frontier Co-op catalog I saw a thing called The DivaCup. Somehow this weird looking funnel cup thingy was for my period. How? I did not know. SO looking around I found it’s site and was reading. This thing is used for 1 year and creates wastes a split of a hair that of disposables! Yes it may seem pricey up front but just like cloth diapers it saves alot of money in the end. I calculated mine out and it was in the hundred range!! On average it estimates 100-$200 in savings for the average person. So combine that with the amount of waste you save and not to mention all the chemicals in and used to make the disposables I decided to get the DivaCup. I had also seen reusable pads and such but I’m going to give the DivaCup a try first since I was never a fan on pads.

Well I got my order in and a few DivaCup and DivaWashdays ago I finally got the chance to try out the DivaCup….and after a few days of getting used to inserting,cleaning and just the feeling I have to say I will not use disposables again! I do have to say it’s different at first but after some practice inserting is alot easier. Also the DivaWash (sold serperatly) smells soooo wonderful!! I recommend using the DivaWash with it, you only need a tiny tiny amount and you only need to wash the cup 2x a day. I think the funniest thing is that Hubby was so curious-grossed out about the idea of the cup atfirst. He asked so many questions when I told him about it as if he was going to be using it!LOL! But I really suggest these to anyone.