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The Workaholic and I are such TP snobs. We use this like 83-ply TP that requires 1 whole 398 year old tree per square. Being that I really do care about the environment and sustainibility, it does bother me that I'm using an entire old growth rain forest every time I buy a pack of toilet paper.
The problem with other TP is that it's just not strong enough, you know? I don't like having icky hands when I wipe.
But I really straddle the line of being more sustainable and using effective paper products in my home. I also really straddle the budget line where breaking the bank to be sustainable meets "let's get real about what we can afford".
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Sustainbility and living the most eco-friendly life is something that we are trying to do naturally, as a family. We used cloth diapers on our daughter and on our youngest son until he was about 15 months old. I was just at a point where I couldn't handle the mess anymore so I switched to disposable diapers and I hated every diaper change from an eco standpoint. That is largely why I potty trained him the week he turned 2. Eliminating the diapers from our household greatly reduces our eco footprint and I'm really proud of the efforts that I made.
We are teaching the kids to recognize the difference between a recyclable product and trash. We are also doing our best to teach them to turn the lights off when they leave a room but that's something even I struggle with.
One of the most important steps that we've taken towards a more eco-friendly life is to start using homemade and eco-friendly cleaning products.
Since we're already doing the whole potty talk thing, I'm going to share my favorite toilet bowl cleaning recipe. This recipe is great for families who have animals (or children) who like to drink out of the toilet. It doesn't leave any harmful chemical residues, nor does it emit asthma inducing or hormone blocking chemicals into your home.
The Ultimate Toilet Bowl Cleaning Solution
-3/4 cup baking soda
-3/4 cup white vinegar
-10 drops of tea tree oil
-10 drops of grapefruit seed extract
Do it Like Me
Combine baking soda, tea tree oil, and grapefruit seed extract. When you are ready to tackle those toilets, add the vinegar and stir to combine. Use the solution in your toilet and scrub with a toilet bowl brush.
NOTE: This recipe is one-time use and will not store for future use. If you are cleaning more than one toilet, you will want to double, triple, or quadruple the recipe depending on how many toilets you are cleaning. In that case, you would dump about 1-1/2 cup of solution in each toilet.
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