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!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Car wash vs. hand wash

In a "green" book a friend leant me, I just read that using a car wash instead of washing your car yourself saves water. Lots of water. This is very surprising to me. But what about the soap? I'm sure it's not eco-friendly. So what's the greener option?

1 comment:

  1. I read that car washes are indeed better. Many/most recycle the water. At home, your soapy filth can go right to ponds, streams, rivers, lakes, etc. As with fertilizer that doesn't get swept back onto the grass from the driveways and streets, the soap that runs down the driveway and into storm drains doesn't have the chance to get filtered=cleaned as it would if it were on the grass, where it would be filtered as it works its way down through the soil.

    I used to think I was doing the right thing- saving money- by washing cars at home, but now I get to be lazy- yay!