I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Soap nuts trial 2 - Liquid Form - Update

I ran the dishwasher overnight using the soap nut liquid I created in the crock pot the other day. The dishes were clean. They were fine! There was one bowl I had to hand wash. But that happens with Cascade, too. There are foods that have to be washed off before a dish can be machine washed. The vinegar added a shine. Which is weird. But true. Sooo.... I guess I'll keep using the soap nut liquid in the dishwasher for a longer term study. But I'd say for the most part, it's pretty successful, which is cool. I'm happy because the dishwasher is a tough place to go green. Detergents claiming to have less impact on the environment that I have tried in the past have just not worked well enough for continued use. Either the dishes weren't clean, or the dishes came out with a film on them.... I'm still a little skeptical on this one, and hubby is very skeptical, but I am hopeful.

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