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May #CleanCouponing Twitter Chat is a Safe & Healthy Garden Party

*Enter here for a great #CleanCouponing giveaway by Naturepedic!

Spring cleaning, school-end festivities, summer planning, garden parties — who’s ready to a sunny celebration of all things #CleanCouponing for this warm-season transition?

You are invited to join the next #CleanCouponing Twitter chat with a Garden Party theme that is all about choosing healthy, safe products for our families!  We’ll get the latest on #MindtheStore efforts for retailers to vet product ingredients before they try selling those products to you.  We’ll catch up on the efforts to improve public policy on safer chemicals – which ultimately affects what goes into all our homes.  We’ll have tips on steps you can take right now to spring clean your home of some toxic chemicals.

Clean Couponing May Chat

We’re honored to host as special guests at this garden party both Women’s Voices for the Earth and the coalition Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families!  We’ll update you on the latest #MindtheStore news and more.

We’re also excited about some enthusiastic and knowledgeable blogging panelists who’ll be joining the conversation to share how they’re tackling safer chemicals issues in their own homes and lives. Of course, you are invited too!

Just show up on Twitter next Thursday, May 14 at 9 pm Eastern time and use hashtag #CleanCouponing to take part in the conversation.  I’m working on some related giveaways for you.

I’d really appreciate it if you could help spread the word about this by inviting everyone you know. Here is a suggested tweet:

Learn what @women4earth & @SaferChemicals R doing for you!  #CleanCouponing Garden Party May 14, 9 pm ET by @CleanCouponing @FlourSackMama!

Stretching a Dollar with Castile Soap Refills

“We can’t afford that!”

“It’s too expensive!”

Do you find yourself saying that about certain home products you’d like to try but don’t think fit your budget?

I used to think that about hand soap, until I realized the real cost…

Castile Soap Refills

Dr. Bronner castile soap with four soap dispenser refills

This is not a sponsored post, just an honest show & tell about one way we use #CleanCouponing at our home to stretch a dollar while choosing to be frugal with our health.

Anti-bacterial triclosan that could be adding to antibiotic resistance, synthetic fragrances hiding potential hormone disrupting phthalates, artificial colors and even more mystery ingredients are all things our family can easily expose ourselves to every time we simply need to wash our hands.  There are numerous reasons why I decided to switch what we use at home every day to something that simply gets the job done: castile soap.

I realize we’d been spending between $3 and $6 for a typical 8-ounce plastic bottle of plastic hand soap.  How  wasteful!  We switched to reusable soap dispensers for our home instead.

I typically spend no more than $12 for a 32-ounce bottle of Dr. Bronner’s castile soap (you could use any brand, but this is a leading one and you absolutely need to find a brand that is transparent about the ingredients inside).  Then, if I put 8 ounces of castile soap into four different bottles, I’m at no more expense that I was spending before on soap bottles. Since this castile soap is actually touted as three times as concentrated as traditional soaps, here’s where the potential for extra savings comes in.  If I stretch this soap with distilled water, it costs half or even a third of those other soaps.

If texture is important to you, and you want to get fancy with it, I’ve noticed that pure vegetable glycerin in my soap dispensers helps give this castile soap a thicker feel on the hands.  Otherwise, when I dilute the soap it with water, it does feel watery, although it certainly seems to clean just fine on our hands.  Instead of the artificial scents in other soaps, our family alternates choosing a castile soap scented with the natural oils of everything from almond to lavender to peppermint.

One of the biggest mistakes with concentrated castile soaps is using too much, so I would suggest stretching it in some way or at least getting accustomed to using less than you did with those other soaps that contain artificial fillers.

The oils in these soaps can tend to clog pumps, so it takes a little attention from time to time. Definitely worth the trouble for our family, since we have peace of mind about what’s going on our children’s hands.

An added #CleanCouponing bonus of using castile soap for refilling is cutting down on petroleum-based plastic bottle waste and protecting our environment.

How are you #CleanCouponing in your home?

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Giveaway: Zoeganics Offers a Fresh NEW Approach to Clean

*The following is a sponsored post for Zoeganics, but my opinions are always my own!

We’re thrilled to have woman-owned green business Zoeganics co-sponsoring our March #CleanCouponing Twitter party on March 6!  If you’ve been concerned about toxins in typical cleaning products but underwhelmed by non-toxic choices on the store shelf, this may be the new product you need to try.  Zoeganics shared five new cleaning products for us to try at home, and we want to let you know how they worked for us.

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We’ve all discovered in recent years that the freshly cleaned house smells we grew up with were often deceptively toxic.  Back in the day when I learned about keeping house from my grandmother and mother, who knew we were all breathing in fumes unkind to our lungs and potentially exposing ourselves to nervous system damage, DNA damage and cancer?  I learned that chlorine bleach and, used separately, ammonia products, were my two most useful tools  around the house.  As recently as my youngest daughter’s toddler days, I was still cleaning up bathrooms with bleach products, until the night when she struggled to breathe and thank God we had a rescue inhaler nearby. Continue reading