I’m not one to be an “extremist”, until my cloth diapering transformed me into a cloth diapering, laundering & now green living extremist!
It was a chain reaction. It all started by borrowing a few of my friends cloth diapers for a trial session.
Which turned into buying my own stash. That lead to me ruining my stash and giving up on cloth.
Then when expecting a new baby, buying a new stash! Which lead to researching my brains out and becoming the cloth diapering laundry queen! (Yes, I gave that title to myself!)
After getting my laundering & perfect diapering system down, I began to hang dry ALL of our laundry, not just diapers. Hey, it saves us money & saves energy!
Then, we got extreme! We hang dry our laundry now, we cloth diaper (& wipe!)…is there a reason why we were using our dishwasher?
YES! We went there! We now wash & dry our lovely dishes by hand, and enjoy it! We have three kids under three who love helping wash dishes (bubbles and water!).
Cleaning products? Vinegar! No need for us to waste money on harsh cleaning products, or even more money on natural cleaning products, when I can buy a nice large bottle of vinegar and clean my entire home!
Paper towels and tissue? Not in our home! Instead you will find a little basket with dish towels and hand towels.
Paper or plastic plates? Nope.
OK, no cups or cutlery? Nope!
Recently we began using candles instead of wasting our electric on lighting our home!
Although…that would be pretty extreme..
Plastic sandwich and snack bags? We use tupperware or they now have really cute reusable ones!
Oh, and now that I’m onto bags…reusable shopping bags! I use to make fun of my friend carrying them around, but now I’m the one doing it.
It started with a few cloth diapers, and turned into an extreme “reduce your carbon footprint or else!” kind of mother. My sister has even commented that we should just be Amish, I’ll admit there are parts to it that are appealing!
By Shay P.