But I'm doing just that. The busyness of back to school means I have less time than ever to squeak in those extra errands. But it may just be what I need to get back on track.
Once a month, I'll share you some of the great finds and serious stumbles I make on my road to greener stewardship. And I invite you to send me pins, posts, links and ideas of what you'd in your heart want to try but just haven't been quite brave enough.
What I have been up to the last few weeks? Here are just a few things I've squeezed into my schedule.
I tried: Baking bread.Yea. Baking. Really have time for that, right? But I am in love with the Five Minutes a Day concept... And I realized it's really easy to start your dough, run kids to practice, come home and then bake enough bread to cover two week's worth of sandwiches.
The verdict: Win.
I tried: Making dishwasher detergent.Making dish soap was going to be a trickier task. Store-bought powdered recipes always seemed to clump up in our dishwasher. And I couldn't find a liquid recipe that had all the ingredients I needed.
I finally stumbled on a recipe that is simple: 1:1 Borax and baking soda. Had both of those. Whipped up 3 cups worth in 90 seconds. I use two tablespoons each load, and everything is coming out clean!
The verdict: Win.
I tried: Making homemade deodorant.
This I was least certain about. I stumbled on the idea on Pinterest the afternoon I ran out. The concept is simple: cornstarch, baking soda, coconut oil and a few essential oils. (I swapped lavender and Solace blend for the Whisper blend but otherwise followed the directions to a T). It makes slightly more mix than will fit in your standard deodorant container. While it packs well, I felt it was really flaky when I put it on, and I felt the melaleuca (tea tree oil) smell was overpowering.
That and I truly haven't had a chance to put it to the real test: Honest summer weather (or, I confess, a workout). We've been blessed with dry 70s here, not humid or really hot. The 90s we've been promised for later this week may prove whether this idea really works.
The verdict: Postponed.
What ideas for greener living have you wanted to try but haven't? Post your idea here or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll share the results of them next month.