How "clean" are your cleaning products? Go Green with your Cleaning Routine!

How Clean Are your Cleaning Products? Did you know that making your own house cleaners can be fun, thrifty, and keep hundreds of chemicals out of your home?

Today’s recipe is for laundry detergent. It is safe, effective, and cheaper than store bought options. It takes 5 minutes to make and keeps chemicals off your clothing (and your skin!) I have tried a few recipes for both powder and liquid detergents and this one is my favorite.

Here are some advantages:

Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent Ingredients

Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent Ingredients

  1. Healthier for your body! Remember your clothes lay directly on your largest organ, your skin!

  2. You will buy less plastic, keeping plastic bottles out of landfill!

  3. Gentle on sensitive skin!

  4. Nontoxic cleaners are healthier for our waterways! Save aquatic life.

  5. Saves Money!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 Cup Washing Soda

1/2 Cup Baking Soda

1 Gallon Hot Water (from sink)

3/4 Cups Dr. Bronner Liquid Castille Soap (I use unscented, but you can use a scented version!)

DIRECTIONS:

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  1. In 2 Gallon Bucket put in Washing Soda and Baking Soda and mix to combine

  2. Add 1 Gallon of Hot Water and mix until both are dissolved into the water

  3. Add in the liquid Dr. Bronner’s Soap until combined well

  4. Use funnel to fill containers. I use old Castille Soap Bottles and an old Laundry Detergent bottle.

  5. Use 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup per load. For my front loader I fill to the Regular Load line. I pour directly in from the bottles so it eliminates a measuring spoon!

HAPPY GREEN AND TRULY CLEAN CLEANING! The advantages? It is nontoxic, fragrance free, effective, green and safe for our water systems, our skin, and reusing plastic bottles means less waste!

The Ostrich Effect and Why it Matters to Our Health

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"A person should never avoid information about health or finances because information can never hurt a decision." 

I listened to a Hidden Brain podcast this week: The Ostrich Effect: We Shouldn't Stick Our Heads In The Sand, But We Do It Anyway." It immediately resonated with me as I have been contemplating how I can better assist others in eliminating toxins in their life and taking control of their health, both short and long term.  I hear from many women and moms that they are just not feeling WELL. They are tired, have digestion issues that they have just accepted, have headaches, migraines, and other auto-immune issues. It is true that we can not pour from an empty cup, yet that is what many of us are doing in our daily "grind". 

As stated in the podcast, "avoiding information doesn't mean you're a fool, it means you're human". Research shows it can be difficult to process negative information because it seems too overwhelming or it can make us despondent. It seems like everyday there is "news" about something deemed toxic, or harmful, or grave environmental concerns. Unfortunately it is the current state of our world, BUT we can become empowered instead of fearful. We can make a few changes in our lives that can lead to feeling better, happier, and help us live longer lives. We CAN focus on adding in more healthy and nontoxic food, items, people into our lives.

Health is not a topic to ignore information about but fear tactics are leading Americans to do just that. Maybe you can ignore the fear tactics and just agree to make one change towards a less toxic life. What step will you take? Will you introduce a new vegetable into your weekly cooking routine? Will you switch to glass storage? Or maybe a glass straw? Share photos of any small steps you have taken to #ecothriver.  Small steps bring big changes

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/18/551901221/we-shouldn-t-stick-our-heads-in-the-sand-but-we-do-it-anyway

New Business Model: Get One, Gift One Consulting Sessions

I am so excited to announce EcoThriver's new business model for consulting services. For the next year (and hopefully beyond!) We will be offering a Get One, Gift One model. My business goal is to reach the most amount of people I can and help them lead healthier, less toxic lives. I love what I do, helping others through education and empowerment for wellness and less toxic living. 

FOR EVERY PAID CONSULTATION ONE WILL BE DONATED TO A CANCER SURVIVOR.

I will have a page set up for cancer survivors to learn more about the free consultation, and how to apply. Those of you that know me personally, know how passionate I am about spreading knowledge about the importance of our health and wellness through product choices. 

I hope you will join our hive on our journey to wellness and less toxic living. We have two homes, our bodies and our earth! Let's protect them both while living a more nourished life. 

Do you know a cancer thriver (survivor) that wants to make healthier choices but is overwhelmed by the conflicting information? I give targeted suggestions based on personal goals. Gift card services are available

FOR SURVIVORS: UNTIL THE PAGE IS SET UP YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR UPDATES AND THEN EMAIL ME AT katerina@ecothriver.com with the following information

Name

Address

Which consulting package you are interested in

Type of Cancer and treatment facility/treating doctor with phone number for verification

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