Originally Posted by mommaof3boz
However, I think its the "crunchier than thou" attitude that drives people away from trying a lot of things. Its always not what you are doing, but what you aren't. I take pride in doing my best. And yes occasionally I fall off the wagon on somethings.
So I think when someone admits OK I'm not doing great in this area but I am trying I think we should embrace that and move on.
Woah, Nellie! I didn't think anyone was "judging" anyone else here. I thought we were talking about using natural cleaners successfully so that the reliance on chemicals can be lessened or eliminated.
With that being said, I have found that I base my judgments of a lot of mommas around here on their signatures, which show what they think of themselves and what they believe strongly in. So, *I* must confess that I was surprised and a little shocked when you and some of the other mommas here made your cleaning confessions. I had some preconceived notions about you, Mommaof3boz, since you called yourself a "simplicity lover" and have a "simple living momma blog". So I assumed that you didn't really want to use chemicals, you just felt you had to, so I wanted to help you (and others) feel more comfortable. Others did the same for me when I first started my natural living endeavors so I wanted to return the favor.
I would never be holier than thou about anything since my own life has been a journey through several different lifestyles and many, many changes. For example, I am currently working on alternatives to my bleach usage to I can eliminate it from my household since chlorine bleach doesn't fit into the lifestyle I'm working to create. I've been researching extensively on the Internet, reading books, and experimenting with natural alternatives to do this. I've been working hard on continually improving the quality of life in my home. With my posts in this thread, I was simply speaking up for something I feel very strongly about. I guess I kind of resent the implication of your post that I'm being judgmental and holier than thou.
Further, since Mothering Magazine was "Born in 1976 out of the need for the natural family community to learn about raising healthy children, Mothering
was the birthplace of the natural family lifestyle," I expect (rightly or wrongly) that people who belong to this online community (so generously sponsored by the magazine) either practice or hope to practice or are working on practicing a natural family lifestyle. So while I can accept that you want to clean with harsh chemicals and wash your clothes with Tide and Downy, I am unable to "embrace it" as you would wish for it goes against my personal philosophy as well as the philosphy of the community Peggy O'Mara created.
We all fall off the bandwagon at some point. We are human beings on a journey to a better life. However, it would seem to be in the spirit of this community to do what we can to climb right back on, for the sake of our families and our children. Taking the road less traveled is a hell of a lot more work but the rewards at the end are far greater than most people can imagine.
If you want to lessen your use of chemicals, I'd love to help. If you don't, well, that's okay too. It's your home, your family, and you have to do what you think is best. However, I suspect you may be in the minority around here, so I'd expect some constructive criticism from time to time. And that, ultimately, is what I intended.
And now, after this obnoxiously lengthy diatribe (is that redundant?), I'm going to sit back and prepare to take a little constuctive criticism myself!