Going Green

I know I’m a few days late for Earth Day, but I’ve been wanting to write about ways I’ve “gone green” this year. I thought about making it a New Year’s post, but I think Earth Day is more fitting.

Before I get into it, I want to say this is not sponsored in any way. These are just ways I am making changes in my own home, for the environment and for my wallet.

For Christmas last year, my husband and I decided to buy subscription boxes for each other instead of just one-time Christmas gifts. I’d had my eyes on a particular subscription box for a while and they were having a really great deal we didn’t want to miss out on. In November, my husband signed us up for Mighty Nest’s subscription service, Mighty Fix.

Mighty Nest has hundreds of great products to choose from. Their Mighty Fix sends one product to you each month, either of your choice or a surprise. With the Mighty Fix, you can also add on any items you want without any additional shipping charges. It’s a pretty great deal.

I’ve been receiving Mighty Fix packages for about 6 months now and have loved each and every one of them! I’m going to share what products I’ve received and what I love about them.

My first fix came with a little welcome letter. Each fix comes with a nice detailed little card about that month’s particular fix, what it can replace in your home, and how to use it.My first fix was two Swedish dishcloths.

These dishcloths are much more absorbent than regular cloths and much more Earth-friendly than typically plastic-y dish sponges. They are also compostable! We use ours literally every day and usually just toss them in the dishwasher or washing machine to get them clean. I recently ordered a third one to add to our collection.

My next fix was wool dryer balls.

I had plastic dryer balls before that didn’t last very long. These have held up very well. I just keep them in my dryer, unless I need to wash them, and use them with every load.

In addition to the dryer balls, I chose to add something to my monthly package.

I am sensitive to perfume-y smells and air fresheners, so before our cat I just used essential oil diffusers to keep our home smelling fresh.

My husband and I also have allergies and I use an air filter in our apartment, but wanted something more. Air quality is especially important to me, living with allergies and asthma. The Moso Natural Air Purifying bag naturally cleans the air with natural charcoal. It does not emit any smells, just purifies. I currently have it in our bedroom.

I believe the next fix I got was a set of Lunchskins bags. I don’t have a picture of the ones we first got, but we use them so much, I ordered more. Lunchskins are reusable sandwich and snack size bags. They velcro shut, are dishwasher safe, and replace plastic baggies. We love them.

Another fix we got shortly after was a set of Bees Wraps. I’ve had and used Bees Wraps in the past and like them. They are great for covering glass bowls or wrapping cheese. I will say, I have noticed a bit of a transfer of flavor with these. I used my big Bees Wrap to cover some homemade banana bread, and I guess the banana bread was warm enough to affect the beeswax, because there was definitely a bit of a flavor from it. That being said, it is beeswax, so it’s not harmful and has a slightly honey-flavored taste to it.

After that fix, I received one of my favorite and most used fixes.

I arguably have far too many kitchen utensils. The silicone spatula and spoon I received from Mighty Nest could easily replace half of them (and have! I threw many old and worn out utensils away). These food-grade silicone utensils are safe up to 450 degrees and won’t wear out like plastic. They are also chemically inert, so no chemicals leaching into our food! I use these almost every day and they are dishwasher safe.

Ok, now for my biggest fix.

I recently added a bunch of stuff to my Mighty Fix order. I just opened this package today.

This package includes some fixes I received in the past and liked enough to order more of, such as the Lunchskins. I also order new products to try, like the Avocado Huggers. The fix for this month was the Meliora All-Purpose Cleaner.

So, I’ll be honest. I’m not sure how much I will use this fix. I have an all-purpose cleaner I love.

I make my own bleach-strong, kid-safe all-purpose cleaner with Force of Nature. This stuff uses salt, water, vinegar, and electricity to make powerful, germ-busting cleaner. I use it for everything, from my glass-top stove, to mopping my floors.

Gross, I know, but a little Force of Nature on a microfiber towel on my Swiffer, and my floors are clean! This is way better and cheaper than the perfume-y Swiffer Wet Mop wipes.

I am looking forward to seeing how the two cleaners compare and I will probably post about it on Instagram.

Something I already love about Meliora (besides the cool Latin name) is how few ingredients they use to make their vegetable soap.

I also ordered their laundry soap stick in this month’s box. Both cleaners container 4 simple ingredients: Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, and Water. I can’t wait to see how they do!

Another new product I ordered was this cute cotton bowl cover:

I brew my own kombucha and have been using coffee filters for covering my vessel. I don’t drink coffee, so that’s literally the only thing I use those coffee filters for. I am excited to use this cute cotton cover instead!

I think the last thing in my box I have yet to talk about is the Avocado Huggers!

We love avocados and rarely have halves leftover, but when we do, it’s hard to store it in a way that keeps it from browning and going bad. Cue Avocado huggers! These are cute, food-grade silicone, and dishwasher safe. I’m sure I will put them to use (probably soon!).

Ok, I think that about wraps up my Mighty Fixes!

I love Mighty Nest for so many reasons. I hate doing chores and when I do have time to clean my home, I want it to be effective and safe. These products help me feel good about what I’m doing.

We’ve all seen those interviews of people with their little mason jars of trash from over the years. Zero waste seems so unattainable in real life, but companies like Mighty Nest are changing that. Their products always come in recyclable packaging. Each fix comes with a card that tells you how it replaces a disposable in your home. If you are not one for subscriptions or just want cheap ways to be greener, I do have a couple more suggestions for you. I do highly recommend Mighty Fix and find it very budget friendly, but there are other easy swaps anyone can do.

As pictured above, I use microfiber towels for mopping with my Swiffer instead of Swiffer WetMops. They are pretty cheap at Walmart and I use them for most of my cleaning. They are washable and reusable, and I like the soft texture.

I also have reusable produce bags.

These cotton ones I ordered from Amazon are machine-washable and perfect for bulk produce like rice or dry beans. I transfer my bulk produce to glass mason jars for storage.

Here you can also see my mesh produce bags, which I bought at Fresh Thyme.

I use these for fresh produce like fruits and veggies. I toss them in the wash after I use whatever was in them.

No matter where you stand on global warming/climate change, I think we can all agree we need to take care of planet Earth. Anyone can do it. Amazon has great swaps for common disposables. Reusable totes can be bought at literally any grocery store. Reusable products just make sense. They save money and save the planet.

I hope this post will help you find ways to make healthy changes in your home! Happy Earth Day!

Currently Reading

For the most part, I read fiction novels. I am a big fan of Stephen King in particular. As much as I love his books and stories, however, I’m finding my TBR pile continuously growing and myself not branching out much. One of my goals this year is to change that and expand my literary horizons. As I read new books, I will share my experiences and opinions here. I think this will be a good way to push myself to read more and to critically think about what I’m reading. Plus, it’s always fun to share new books with people.

At the beginning of the school year I started a new job at a Catholic school as a grade school assistant. All of the grade school teachers were talking about a book by Immaculée Ilibagiza, a Rwandan born Catholic. It was a big deal because she was coming to host a retreat at the home parish of the grade school dean. I kept hearing them talk about how impactful and amazing her story was, and after the retreat, the dean couldn’t stop talking about Immaculée and how much meeting her impacted her. I wanted to see what all the talk was about for myself, so I borrowed the book, Left to Tell, from my mom.

This book is about how Immaculée survived the Rwandan holocaust that took place during their civil war in 1994. She and several other women were hidden and locked inside a tiny bathroom for 91 days, not allowed to speak or move, barely surviving on tiny scraps of food and sips of water. Throughout those three months she held tightly to her father’s rosary and her faith in God. All of her family save one brother were murdered. She now travels the world serving others and telling her story.

I’m only about halfway through the book. She is still trapped in the tiny bathroom. Each page is more heartbreaking than the last, but her hope in God is inspiring. When things go wrong, it can be so easy to turn away from a lifelong faith. It isn’t always easy to find comfort and peace in scriptures that are thousands of years old. Immaculée held true for 91 miserable days; days most of us can’t even begin to fathom suffering through.

I know there is at least one other book she has written and I plan to read it when I finish this one. It is heartbreaking and full of hope at the same time. As I’ve read this, I’ve felt joy, sorrow, pain, and even angry. This emotional journey will take you through it all. If you enjoy any kind of religious testimonials, this is a book for you.

Again, the title is Left to Tell and it was written by Immaculée Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin. A portion of proceeds from her book sales go to her Left to Tell Charitable Fund, which supports Rwandan orphans.