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DIY Cleaning Products: Why & How to Make Them

DIY Cleaning Products: Why & How to Make Them

My friend Amy Rojas Kantorczyk has used DIY or do-it-yourself cleaning products for her home for many years.  I buy eco-friendly cleaning products, which is what Amy uses, but I buy them and Amy makes her own.

I was curious about this and talked to her about it.  It was an eye-opening conversation.  She shared with me some of what she does and how easy and cost effective it is.

Amy worked for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts for many years and was most recently the Director of Operations at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in Sonoma, California.  She interacted closely with the Housekeeping team and one particular housekeeper inspired her to make her own cleaning products.  All it took was white vinegar, baking soda, isopropyl alcohol, and essential oils.

I asked Amy about this and much more.  Here is how our conversation went.

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Beyond Recycling: 5 Other Eco-Efforts We Can Practice

Beyond Recycling: 5 Other Eco-Efforts We Can Practice

The effects of global warming are clear.  There are an increasing number of forest fires, deadly flooding, and extreme weather temperatures and conditions.  These natural disasters and weather patterns have inspired me to take a more conscious look at my ecological efforts.

If you are like me, you probably already have some practices that help conserver our environment. Most of us already have a practice of recycling plastic, glass, paper, and cardboard; we carry our own cloth bags when we shop instead of using plastic bags from supermarkets and grocery stores; we have stopped buying plastic water bottles and carry our own refillable water containers; and we have stopped using to-go containers at coffee and tea shops and use our own re-usable to-go containers.

I wanted to see what else we could do and looked into other practices that allow us to make more of an impact.  Here are five.

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A Story About the Delicate Quality of Nature

A Story About the Delicate Quality of Nature

Lady’s slipper orchid is a shy and quiet plant.  It survives best in undisturbed natural habitats (Gladstar, 2000).  The plant was used medicinally for centuries, and it was so effective that herbalist over-used it.  They did not pay attention to its delicate nature and harvested it almost to the point of extinction.

It is hard to find this orchid in its natural habitat, and it is also hard to cultivate it because it requires specific conditions to reproduce itself.

The story of the lady’s slipper orchid provides a good example of the grave consequences of taking our natural environment for granted, and not following sustainable practices.  I will tell you more about this delicate plant, and why you should care.

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One Thing We Can Do Today to Impact Our Planet

One Thing We Can Do Today to Impact Our Planet

Given the natural disasters that have struck us recently, it isn’t hard to think that the planet is calling for attention. Monstrous hurricanes and typhoons, devastating floods, raging wildfires, and powerful earthquakes have plagued some part of the world in the last few weeks.

It may make us wonder what is going on? Is the Earth claiming to be noticed? It is possible, although I have no way to prove it.

Back in July, CNN came out with a piece that captured my attention. It was about the sixth mass extinction that is upon us (Sutter, 2017). It made me think that our planet definitely deserves attention.

Taking care of our health and wellness includes taking care of our environment. And, if our environment isn’t well, we aren’t well.

I’m going to share the information covered by CNN, what others are doing about our planet, and one thing we can do.

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