Green Home Experiment: Week 13

Kim Conte
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Science_spot with her two daughters.

Science_Spot recently made the decision to go green in her household and blog about her green living experiment along the way.

This week she talks about how her husband and two daughters have reacted to her natural transition.

I have been making so many changes to the products we buy—my grocery cart does not look the same as it did six months ago! If I were the only one affected by these changes, I would make many more of them, quickly. Some families are matriarchal, so what mom says or does becomes the law. The laws in our house are a joint effort from mom AND dad, which means every change I make has to get by dad.

In many cases, this has been easy. Every product that has to do with personal hygiene (for myself and the kids) is my domain. I make all the product selections and put them into use. I have switched out many products: nail care, hair care, soap, and bubble bath. None of these affect my husband, so there was no resistance whatsoever to these changes, aside from his concern for our budget. He was very supportive the night we spent 40 minutes in the organic section of a grocery store while I read every product label before settling on Aubrey Organics shampoo and conditioner.

Cleaning supplies and laundry detergent are another story. My husband does a little cleaning and laundry, so changes made here could not be cumbersome or there was a chance he wouldn't use them. He was not happy when I threw out the Comet, Formula 409, and other chemical-laden cleaners. I stocked up on vinegar and other more natural alternatives, bought many scrubbing tools, and made a nice chart explaining how and where to use them. I wasn't sure how well that would go over, but he adapted very well and doesn't even mind the vinegar smell anymore. Our first experiment with an alternative laundry detergent was surprisingly successful, and 'll write more about that in the future.

Making changes to our food has not been my priority, but we have been more conscious of what we eat and made some changes. Switching the family's favorite cereals to Kashi brand was not really successful. We did compromise on cereals that contain preservatives but no artificial colors for Abby and dad. Sarah happily eats Kashi with me because she really doesn't know any better. We did hit a huge success with homemade bread and Polaner brand fruit spreads. My husband loves the bread-maker he bought at Christmas and makes bread about five times a week. The Polaner fruit spread has a taste superior to any other commercially made fruit spread, and it does not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup! This is an easy win for all of us.

I was happy to find out that many of our staples were always natural, without colors and preservatives (canned fruits and vegetables, dried pasta, and dairy items). Even night at the dinner table, Abby and I read the ingredients list of some foods we are eating at dinner. She is often asking me if the food has chemicals in it. This process has helped her learn about eating everything in moderation, making choices, and making compromises. I am so lucky to have my family as interested in making healthy changes as I am!

Previously:

Going Green: One CafeMom's Natural Transition

Green Home Experiment: Week 2

Green Home Experiment: Week 3

Green Home Experiment: Week 4 

Green Home Experiment: Week 5

Green Home Experiment: Week 6

Green Home Experiment: Week 7

Green Home Experiment: Week 8 (Part 1)

Green Home Experiment: Week 8 (Part 2)

Green Home Experiment: Week 9

Green Home Experiment: Week 10

Green Home Experiment: Week 11

Green Home Experiment: Week 12

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