Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Frugal vs Green

Lately I'm noticing a new trend. More people are turning to books or sites about frugal living or living more simply. Many of these same people also want to help the environment. You can actually do both. For centuries people have practiced both, and it's only become more of a trend in the last few decades. I do find it funny how thrift was considered cheap, but being "green" is cool and hip. I love these new buzz words. Most of the frugal tips I practice daily, not only save me money, but they are good for the environment. I wrote an earlier article about Reduce, reuse, and recycling. All of these ideas save money and are good for the environment.

Many companies are also trying to cash in on being green and "All Natural". Clorox has come out with a whole new line of natural cleaners. I don't have a problem with companies using non-toxic ingredients. I think it's great, but you will pay a lot more for them. If you really want all natural ingredients, then just make your own cleaners or use these ingredients to clean your house. I use baking soda and vinegar on a regular basis for all my cleaning. The bottom line is research many of these new cleaners, and you might be surprised by the actual ingredients. Lessen your use of energy and resources like water will also accomplish both goals. There are tons of ways to your reduce your consumption so I'm not going to list them. Many of these ideas are very old fashioned that have been practiced for generations.


Ambrosia said...

I love that you're using vinegar and baking soda to clean! I'm in the middle of making that switch myself, along with making my own diaper wipe solution to go with the cloth wipes (a.k.a. extra washrags). I make a weak vinegar/water solution and add a drop or two of lavender oil to it.

A lot of people don't know that baking soda makes the perfect soft-scrub or that vinegar is a wonderful disinfectent...we really don't need anything besides that...except maybe some beeswax and some orange oil for furniture polish, of course, lol.

Great tip...love the blog!

Jen said...

I agree! I make my own cleaning products and laundry detergent along with weed killers.