While this week we’re celebrating Earth Day at our house we’re working on making everyday Earth Day. This month we have challenged ourselves to find new ways to be conscious of our environment. We met as a family and set the challenge to find things to try to change our mindset.
Our biggest impact came in the laundry room. I made the decision to switch from liquid laundry detergent to the Tide Pods. While the bottle may have said 32 loads, I also know that I, and some of the people at my home, are of the mentality that more is better. We weren’t getting 32 loads from the bottle. The kiddos were using it as stain fighter, pouring it on their grass stained knees and I seldom look at the lines in the measuring cup. So? We switched to the pods. In doing this, I know that we got the number of loads on the bag out of it because one pod=one load. Our clothes are just as clean. I also noticed that the lint was minimal–did you know dryer lint is caused from the detergent?
In addition to switching from liquid detergent to pods, I also gave up the fabric softener sheets and used Woolzies. These wool balls can be used over and over and the clothes came out fluffy and soft. I also noticed our drying time was far less than it had been.
Just in laundry, we saved $25.47 this month. It is a combination of not using as much laundry, no dryer sheet softeners and reduced dry time. I think this is pretty substantial. Think about that. Over the course of a year it would total more than $300.
I also challenged my family to use less toilet paper, something we were rolling through. We were using two rolls a week, regardless of how many sheets or the ply I purchased. I’m happy to report that this month, we have used two rolls! We are so impressed. I know the children were aware of our challenge and they used only the necessary amount, rather than wrapping their hands in toilet paper.
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Julee is a quirky, dorky, North Carolina Transplant with an appetite to taste the world, meets its desserts and blog about them. When she’s not behind the computer you can find her playing with her family, reading a good book, being a Bon Jovi fangirl and celebrating the little things.
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