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Mom of a 3, 7 and 9 year old, coolmommyof3, revealed some of the small but important baby steps she's taking to a greener lifestyle (while supporting American industry!) in the Old Fashioned and Anti Mainstream Moms group. Are you doing any of these things yourself?
-- I cloth diaper my daughter, and even make them myself.
-- I buy handmade, natural soap from a woman here on CafeMom (made in America!)
-- I'm starting to make cloth menstral pads (I have 5 now) and I LOVE them!
-- I love washing my hair in baking soda and apple cider vinegar. My hair has never been healthier, and it looks great!
-- I bought homemade laundry detergent from a CM seller, but now my mom is learning how to make it for me.
-- I'm starting to sew my kids' clothing.
-- I turn the heat down at night.
-- I recycle.
-- I turn the lights off when leaving the room, and try to keep them off if possible.
Things she plans to start doing shortly:
-- Give up cosmetics.
-- Find a handmade lotion.
-- Eat more naturally; plant a garden.
-- Walk more instead of using the car.
-- Going all-cloth menstrual pads, or buying a menstrual cup.
Other mamas added to the list things they do:
-- Turning off power strips and unplugging all appliances when not in use.
-- Using a water/vinegar solution to clean the kitchen.
-- Turning down the water heater a few degrees.
-- Reusable grocery bags.
-- Raising 6 chickens.
-- Buying local.
-- Collecting rainwater for plants.
-- Using a clothesline.
-- Making cloth napkins and handkerchiefs.
Great suggestions, and interesting about the intermittent toilet flushing. Do you flush the toilet after every pee-pee, or do you wait for the bigger jobs?