The Benefits of Using a Clothesline

I never had a dryer growing up. I never knew that I needed it. We used a machine or our hands to get our clothes clean, then we took them outside still dripping and hung them in the bright sunshine. I’ve been looking to recreate the peace that came with doing such a simple task now that I am a homeowner and I am happy to say I have my own clothesline courtesy of my spouse.  Read more about why I love them over at my guest post on the Black Women Do Cloth Diaper blog.

Peace.

Farai

 

 

 

Spring cleaning – Bathroom Edition

Cleaning the bathroom is my least favorite chore after washing dishes, I hate the smell of bleach and the harsh cleaning chemicals always make my eyes water or give me a headache. Once I  simplified my regimen, cleaning the bathroom became a lot easier. To end the week, here as some ways to simplify your bathroom cleaning regimen.

  1. As always use up what you have. Then reuse or recycle what you can. Take the labels and clean sturdy spray bottles and make your own cleaning solutions. I use a water, vinegar and tea trea oil mix.
  2. Ditch paper towels for micro fiber or cotton clothes you can wash and reuse.
  3. Vinegar is king. Because it is a disinfectant,you can use a vinegar to clean your entire bathroom.
  4. Add baking soda to your toilet bowl and then add vinegar and scrub to clean the bowl. There are also wooden, compostable toilet brushes with natural fibers you can buy instead of plastic ones.
  5. Vinegar and baking soda will also get rid of hard to scrub stains.
  6. Clean your mirrors with a water and vinegar mix in a spray bottle.
  7. A simple aromatic toilet spray is easy to make, add equal parts grain alcohol or witch hazel with water and then add your favorite essential oils for scent to a metal or glass spray bottle and viola!
  8. Add plants to your bathroom to brighten things up and help purify the air.

That’s it! Nice and simple. If I missed anything, let me know in the comments below.

Peace

Farai

Lush products review

I celebrated my birthday a month ago and treated myself to some Lush products. I wanted to buy myself something from an ethical company that was conscious of their packaging. The closest Lush is over an hour away and In a huge mall full of other tempting stores,  so I chose to spring for shipping. Sadly, the soaps did come wrapped in plastic, but the box and packing peanuts they used are completely compostable so that was a positive. In store, you can buy the soaps package free.

After a month of incorporating these products into my life, I am ready to share my opinion and whether or not I would repurchase them. This post is not sponsored in any way, I just enjoy sharing good products.

 

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Yes, Yes,Yes to everything about this soap. A little goes a long way. I use it a few times a week and I have not even made a dent. It smells good, it is cleansing and not drying and my hair responds well to it. Would definitely buy again.

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This conditioner was a huge fail for me. I was skeptic anyway. I have thick curly hair and I need a deep moisturizing conditioner that has slip for me to detangle my hair in the shower. I will not be purchasing this again.

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Not my favorite scent, but this deodorant does its job. And it lasts a long time, which I love.

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This adorable scarf is made from 2 water bottles. How neat! You can use it for several different things around the house, but I have been using it to protect my curls from my daughter’s grabby hands. It would make a great gift for eco-friendly peeps and it comes in different prints.

 

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This soap has fennel in it,  which I am not very partial to, but it does a great job of cleansing my face. It has a big job on its hands as I have continued eating like trash since the holidays. I may try a different cleanser, but this one is still good. I would repurchase.

Often times hygiene and beauty products come in a lot of wasteful packaging. I’m glad I get the chance to switch up my routine for something better. 

Peace,

Farai

How to be more eco-friendly

Simple ways to be more eco-friendly in 2017.

Carry a re-suable bag with you everywhere –  In your purse, in the trunk of your car. Find a small one that folds up easy and doesn’t take up a lot of space. I don’t have to talk about how bad plastic bags are for our environment.

Say bye to plastic straws – When eating out or ordering drinks. Ask for no straw. If you must have one,  invest in some glass or stainless steel reusable ones. Straws are a tiny bit of plastic that we don’t think about that wrecks havoc on our environment.

Say deuces to plastic bottles – Use the bottles you already have or invest in a stainless steel or glass bottle.

Kiss fast fashion good bye – I KNOW, its hard. No more Forever 21 or the Gap is asking a lot of folks. Especially if you are someone who enjoys shopping like me. Because of fast fashion, most clothing ends up in landfills.Before you make a purchase, ask if you really need it. If you do, try to buy it second hand, or from a more ethical company. This graphic from storyofstuff.org is a great way to think about clothing.

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Lastly, Find unpackaged versions of things you use everyday.  There are stores that sell unpackaged food in bulk that allow you to bring your own containers like mason jars or cotton bags. Find a local bulk store near you here  – http://zerowastehome.com/app/

Let’s do our part to keep Mama Earth looking gorgeous.

 

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Fort Walton, Florida

 

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation if you choose to purchase any of the items I have suggested.

Peace,

Farai