I was on Pinterested (Love/Hate) the other day researching ways to "reduce our carbon footprint.  If you have read any of my older posts, you would know that that is one of our New Year's resolutions.  Now, before you close this post and chalk it up to "this chick is crazy" (I'm not denying it), I want you to really think about what is in your house right now.  No wait, what is in  your kitchen? Your fridge? What is in your bathroom?  Your shampoo?  You get where I'm going with this?  

I'm not sure of how old you are, but if you are around my age (let's leave it at thirty something), you have probably heard the stories of your parents or grandparents and how "times have changed".  Um, yes, they have.  We have a ton of AMAZING things that our parents and grandparents couldn't even fathom when they were younger.  Who would have thought that the GIANT wall computer would eventually be small enough to wear on your wrist? We have been blessed with inventions that have helped us live longer, become stronger, get from point A to point B faster and everything in between.  

Thanks to all of these inventions and products our lives are made sooooo much easier, but, are they actually improving our quality of life too?  Yes, I can get from point A to point B faster, but I'm now doing less walking (less exercise). I have decided to go back to basics.  Back to basics in our house, relationships, my business.  One of the first steps was to junk all of these extra chemicals.  I mean before all of those fancy cleaners existed, people still cleaned, right? What is the worst that could happen?  Going 'chemical free" (Let's be honest, I'm reducing not going cold turkey) could be a huge flop and not work or it will work, I save some money while reducing the chemicals my family and I are exposed to.  

I decided to take baby steps.  I found some info on making my own laundry soap and multipurpose cleaner. (Thank you Pinterest! Today I love you.)  I made my list and headed to Walmart. 

Laundry Soap

  1. Borax - 1 Cup
  2. Arm and Hammer Washing Soda - 1 Cup
  3. Ivory Soap - 1 Bar Shredded

I will say that making the laundry soap was super easy and cheap.  Total cost for all ingredients was $7.00.  I used my Pampered Chef cheese grater and completed this task in less than 10 mins. 

Multipurpose Cleaner

  1. White Vinegar
  2. Orange Peels
  3. Tea Tree oil (antibacterial purpose)
  4. Glass Container
  5. Spray Bottle

As of right now, the Multipurpose cleaner is still soaking.  The laundry soap is GREAT!  Sadly, I've been washing clothes all day, (currently on load 5).  I use 1/4 of a cup for a FULL load, I mean full enough to use the oversized load setting.  So far so good.  My clothes don't smell perfumey and I haven't seen any stains.  I'm really excited about the laundry soap.  Plus, it's a mini family activity.  The kids enjoy the 10 minutes (max) it takes to shred and combine the ingredients.  

I would say that this baby step to minimizing the chemicals used in our house has been a success!  Stay tuned to see what is next!