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Please let me first start off by asking...how did all of you learn about natural alternatives/healthy living?<br><br>
So far, I have switched to cding (dh is not quite there yet), no-poo, all natural deodorant, lotions, soap and sunscreens. II also make dd's food. I just purchased some all natural household cleaners. I read that the line "Method" is all natural, is this true? They sell it and my grocery store.<br><br>
I read that storing water in plastic containers is a no-no, due to chemicals, so I purchased glass for the fridge. But what should I put my every day water in that I carry around? Are dd's sippy cups okay? Do all plastics have chemicals that seep ino water/foods? I store dd'd frozen food in plastic freezer bags (I use them over and over) is this a concern?<br><br>
What are other small steps that I could start taking (for anything)?<br><br>
thanks,<br>
Kelly
 

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Monkeyfeet said:
Please let me first start off by asking...how did all of you learn about natural alternatives/healthy living? <span style="color:#FF0000;">i'm just one of those ppl that likes to be different, plus i always look for better/safer options for my dc.</span><br><br>
So far, I have switched to cding (dh is not quite there yet), no-poo, all natural deodorant, lotions, soap and sunscreens. II also make dd's food. I just purchased some all natural household cleaners. I read that the line "Method" is all natural, is this true? They sell it and my grocery store. <span style="color:#FF0000;">method is "better", but they refuse to disclose all of their ingredients, and they DO use artificial fragrance. but it is one step closer... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></span><br><br>
I read that storing water in plastic containers is a no-no, due to chemicals, so I purchased glass for the fridge. But what should I put my every day water in that I carry around? Are dd's sippy cups okay? <span style="color:#FF0000;">try the kleen kanteen line. they are stainless steel.</span> Do all plastics have chemicals that seep ino water/foods? <span style="color:#FF0000;">certain ones are better than others. do a forum search for "plastics and safety" and you'll get a bunch of useful threads.</span> I store dd'd frozen food in plastic freezer bags (I use them over and over) is this a concern? <span style="color:#FF0000;">make sure you wash them inside out and get into the corners. i dont use 'em, but others here might say its ok. i just cant afford them, plus i'm a bit obsessive; i just made my kitchen totally plastic free and i couldnt stand to be off a bit just for plastic bage. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> lol</span><br><br>
What are other small steps that I could start taking (for anything)? <span style="color:#FF0000;">do you recycle? compost? cancel all your junk mail. use plants to improve indoor air quality. switch to baking soda and white vinegar for cleaning. bring your own bags to the grocerystore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></span> /QUOTE]
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Please let me first start off by asking...how did all of you learn about natural alternatives/healthy living?<br><br>
So far, I have switched to cding (dh is not quite there yet), no-poo, all natural deodorant, lotions, soap and sunscreens. II also make dd's food. I just purchased some all natural household cleaners. I read that the line "Method" is all natural, is this true? They sell it and my grocery store.<br><br>
I read that storing water in plastic containers is a no-no, due to chemicals, so I purchased glass for the fridge. But what should I put my every day water in that I carry around? Are dd's sippy cups okay? Do all plastics have chemicals that seep ino water/foods? I store dd'd frozen food in plastic freezer bags (I use them over and over) is this a concern?<br><br>
What are other small steps that I could start taking (for anything)?<br><br>
thanks,<br>
Kelly</div>
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Seriously, nothing works better as household cleansers than the simple things you most likely already have in your home -- white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice and tea tree oil are the staples of my natural household cleaners! Did you know that hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil work as well as bleach at disinfection, without the harmful chemicals! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I totally agree with the PP suggestion of recycling. Our community does not offer curbside recycling, so I know a lot of people here just don't do it because it's not easy. But recycling is a wonderful place to start when you're looking to decrease the waste your family produces!<br><br>
Also, house plants to improve your indoor air quality -- this is a big one for me. It's so simple, everyone could do it, and it really does make such a huge difference ... all without the purchase of any man-made gadgets! I have so many houseplants, and not only are the beautiful, but they improve the air quality in our home in actual measureable ways! As in, my family noticed a difference when we didn't have them (after an overseas move).<br><br>
Sounds like you are well on your way. This natural thing just leads you farther and farther on, doesn't it?!? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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i read constantly! here are a few links to get you started. there will always be another link to follow, another book to check out. you're on the right track!<br><br><a href="http://www.checnet.org/" target="_blank">http://www.checnet.org/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/sections/experts/pennybacker.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/sections/ex...nnybacker.html</a><br>
- mindy pennybacker wrote a good book about natural parenting and living<br><br><a href="http://www.thegreenguide.com" target="_blank">http://www.thegreenguide.com</a><br><br>
"having faith" by sandra steingraber
 
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