February 12, 2008

"It's not that easy Bein' Green"

photo from: http://www.muppetcentral.com

"It's not that easy Bein' Green", as Kermit says/sings (click here to listen to his song). It may not be easy but it really isn't too hard to do a few things for our environment, it is just about making the effort to go green and be more like Kermit. So in my goal to be more green (gotta love Kermit, so who wouldn’t want to be green like him), I bought reusable Target bags for my many Target runs this weekend and I re-used and brought back my Trader Joes brown paper bags for my groceries. Those Target bags are pretty big and hold quite a bit!

I have also been working on moving toward using more natural cleaning products. There are a lot of great websites on green cleaning. For example, I no longer buy dryer sheets or fabric softener. I have been using a homemade recipe for fabric softener that has worked really well for me.

Homemade Fabric Softener
From: http://www.recipezaar.com/125543

2 cups baking soda
2 cups white vinegar
4 cups water

  1. Carefully combine all ingredients (the baking soda and vinegar will fizz).
  2. Pour into a plastic bottle.
  3. Cover.
  4. Shake.
  5. Use 1/4 cup in your laundry's final rinse.

You can also add 1/2 tsp of essential oil like lavendar or lemon. I used rose since that is what I happened to have on hand. Be sure to label the container and keep it out of the reach of children, if you have children.

I have also bought the blue dryer balls to help with static cling, but they don't work with my static cling issue. So I searched the web for a natural solution and learned from some website that you can use a ball of aluminum foil to control static cling. I did that this weekend and it worked!

Yay for being like Kermit and going green, it saves us money and helps to save the environment. It is not much, but I am a believer that every little bit helps.



  1. This is awesome, Sher. I definitely need to be more environmentally conscious.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Oh wow a ball of foil? I'm going to have to try that :) thanks!

  3. I had never thought of homemade fabric softener! Thanks for the tip!

  4. I know some mamas who use just the straight vinegar. 1/2 cup in a downey ball seems to do the trick. I actually think I'll start it. You inspired me. We started cloth diapering when I quit my job and it saves us a TON. Gerald hasn't let me give up cleaning supplies yet but I do know mamas who clean their whole house with baking soda, lemon and vinegar.