Wednesday, February 18, 2015

breathing new life!

Well, gonna "revive" this blog.  I am trying to get a new lifestyle going here that involves removing all toxins (as much as possible) from my home, food, etc.  NOT going to obsess, so, if I want to hit Macdonald's for breakfast or something ONCE IN A GREAT WHILE, I am going to do it.  Control at home, tho, is what makes the huge difference.
SOOOO, going to start with a few of the things I've gotten into lately:
Soap Nuts and Soapwort are two things you can use to replace manufactured soaps.  They both do a great job.  I've used them for dishes and laundry so far and very happy with the result.  Soapwort, BTW, is a great hair-wash!!!  I order them online and now have some seeds to grow my own soapwort.  The other is a real long-term commitment, according to what I've read online.  It seems it takes about 10 yrs before the tree starts to produce the nuts...aka "soap berries."  I might try growing one, anyway.
I've been ordering both from amazon.
The nice thing about using these things is that, once their supply of the "soapy stuff" in them is exhausted, they make great compost.
Here's the start of the blurb from Wiki: "The drupes (soapnuts) contain saponins which are a natural surfactant. They have been used for washing for thousands of years by native peoples in Asia as well asNative Americans.[5] Soapnuts are being considered[6] and used[7] for commercial use in cosmetics and detergents as well as many other products."
Link about soapwort:  http://www.altnature.com/gallery/soapwort.htm

I am "discovering" vinaigre!  I've been using white vinaigre for a while to clean up after the pups' "accidents" and have expanded to using it, generally, to clean the floors and I add it to my dishwashing for a lovely, spot-free result.  The wine or cidre vinaigres have a lot more going on than just salad-dressing.  I recently found that, if you dampen a nice, clean cloth with ANY vinaigre and wrap you cheeses up in it, they keep forever...and, no, no taste of the vinaigre!  And, of course, you can also use it to de-scale you coffee pot, irons, etc.

The other thing I've been doing for quite some time now, is to get my drinking-cooking water from an artesian well.  I have BPA-free bottles and go over there once or twice a month and get about 10 gallons.  I have a BPA-free keg in the kitchen that I keep topped-up.  The water tastes wonderful and I am not getting whatever chemicals the City uses to clean the tap-water supplies.  If you live near me, there is one little well over in Autaugaville, right near the "old" school and an old house that was a restaurant for a bit.  A little algae in the pipes, but, it's harmless.  The best, tho, is the city-maintained one in Prattville, on Doster Rd, next to Pratt Park.  Good, vigourous flow.  There are others I've heard about and there's one at Old Cahawba, by the Crocheron columns, but, lately, it has been more of a trickle.  Some friends and I have been drinking from these wells for ages with NO ill effects, while my Doc (who gets HIS family's drinking water from the well in Autaugaville) says there are parasites present in the municipal supplies around here.  Very small numbers, but, in there, nevertheless...then there's all those "traces' of medications etc.   I'm opting OUT.

More to come.