So, is it possible to be environmentally friendly and frugal at the same time? I have been reading a lot lately about ways to reuse instead of sending to the landfill, reusable household items, and DIY cleaners and other household products. I have to admit, I am not the best at making my home completely environmentally friendly, but I think that every little step we take makes an overall impact. For instance, I no longer use sponges or paper towels. I cut a was cloth in half and use it in the kitchen. When it's dirty, it goes in the washing machine. I recycle my cans and bottles, have a compost pile that I put vacuum contents and dryer lint into, I have chickens and goats that love to eat our non-meat scraps and dogs that love the meat scraps. I grow a lot of my own veggies and can them for the year, I support local farmers by buying produce and veggies at local produce stands, and my husband deer hunts to help with the overpopulation and we get a natural, unadulterated source of meat. I make my own bread and eat our chicken eggs, we have a homemade meal most every night instead of unhealthy pre-packaged foods, and we try and have left over nights so we don't waste food.
The one area I haven't really delved into is homemade solutions like detergents, air fresheners, and cleaner alternatives. I know Pinterest has a million pins about these issues, but honestly I feel it's hard to sift through them all. I also find a lot of "recipes" that call for odd items that I've never seen or heard of. I want to be environmentally friendly, but I'm also wanting to be practical, frugal, and have things that really work.
To that end, I'm on the hunt for environmentally friendly, yet frugal and practical ways to green up my home. I'd love any suggestions or pointers! I'll be getting together some of the best finds from Pinterest and the blog world and hopefully be getting some guest writers to let us all know their secrets too. I hope you all get as much out of this as I do.