Toddler Moms Take Small Steps to Green

Cynthia Dermody
Toddlers & Preschoolers

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Photo by jewelrymaker995

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.

-- We don't always flush the toilet if it's just a bit of pee, because we like to save water, too. Every other pee if possible, and whenever there is #2!

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.

-- Carpooling.

-- Composting.

-- 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?

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