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September 22nd, 2012, 12:34 AM
plan4fate's Avatar I may bend, but not break
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My DH and I are partially green mostly out of necessity. Dh suffers from heavy metal toxicity and most chemicals cause extreme reactions to his skin. Everything from itching to actual bubbling and oozing.

I've had chemical sensitivities most of my life but until I was in my 20's I never had to avoid anything.

We've swapped to several 7th Generation products (something about my laundry soap saying that while they don't recommend it, consuming the product won't hurt you makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside), or done away with things altogether.

We buy Organic all natural lotions for Dh, I make a thicker lotion for him from coconut oil and shea butter.

I plan on phasing out many products like antibacterial soaps and sprays, replacing them with homemade things (if memory serves me right tea tree oil is anti bacterial, so I could use that in the cleaners).

Since DH is also allergic to scents, I also use nothing but pure essential oil when I need to make things scented around the house. My personal favorite is orange oil, which also happens to repel bugs!

In the future, when we have our own land (or at least rental property) we do plan on going even greener. Collecting rain water, gardening etc. Dh wants to build an under ground home, which would be incredibly well insulated, he wants a wind turbine and solar panels. As far off grid as he can get us while still having access to internet and cable tv (lol). With the future garden I so desire, I hope to stop buying specific products in store (pasta sauce, pickles, pickled beets etc)

But for now, we go slow, getting as many chemicals out of our home as possible. If anyone has any favorite homemade product recipes to share I'd love to hear them!
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September 22nd, 2012, 11:37 AM
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Hello Ashley! Welcome to the board!

Sounds like you have fantastic green plans for the future. I don't make homemade cleaning products (yet) so I don't have recipes, but I will try to look some out for you.

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September 22nd, 2012, 06:53 PM
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Yikes poor DH!

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September 22nd, 2012, 09:18 PM
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Thank you Sharron!

And yes Jessica it's pretty awful! He's been like this for years, and while he's been worse, cutting things out seem to make him get better and better. I'm thinking of having our carpets and our furniture steam cleaned while he's away to try and get residue off them.
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September 23rd, 2012, 06:48 AM
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Heyy i remember youuuu

DH and i wanted solar panels too but i'm not too sure i'm happy in this state so we don't want to make a big investment if we're not gonna stay.

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