Monday, January 25, 2010
It's Not Easy Being Green
It is currently trendy to go green, but choosing products that are truly safe and natural requires homework. First you have to learn which ingredients are safe and, which are toxic. Then you have to make sure that the products you buy disclose what they are made of. If a company does not disclose ingredients, it should not be trusted. There are patents to protect "recipes" so there is no excuse for making it hard for consumers to find out ingredients.
I've been trying out a few companies. Martha Stewart has a line of natural cleaning products, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dishwasher liquid and hand soap. Imus' wife has a line of cleaning products as well, and the money you spend on them goes to their ranch, where children affected by cancer can have a real cowboy experience. Vermont Soap and Tom's of Maine are also reputable companies that explain every ingredient on their labels. Read labels thoroughly because toxins can be hidden behind general terms like "fragrances."
It may not be easy being green, but in the long run, it is worth it. It sure is empowering to make your own cleaning products. I've recently discovered the power of vinegar and I think it may be the single greatest concoction ever concocted. Studies have been done on the germ-killing power of vinegar and it turns out that it is effective. Now I'm mixing up my own cleaning products in spray bottles from the dollar store. My husband is getting worried. He liked me better when I coveted my bottle of Lysol.
Dear Internet Traveler,
Welcome to my writer's blog, started about six years ago for fun. Over time, the writing I have posted has ranged from personal reflection, to Long Island history research, to tall tales for my own amusement, to feature articles for local newspapers. As you can see from topics listed here, I travel in many mental directions in regard to interests. Click on the tabs and labels to explore my strange mind which senses that you may be having a criss-cross day. If so, perhaps this blog will distract you. However, please note that if you tell me my blog is beautiful just to get me to advertise rhinoplasty surgery and cheap drugs from Canada in your comment, I will ask the gods to give you a tail that cannot be concealed.