As many homes have been overrun by chemicals in foods, beverages, and cleaning products, families are realizing that they want to get back to the basics of natural living. Living naturally doesn’t have to mean that you churn your own butter and knit sweaters out of the wool from the sheep you raise and shear on your farm. (Although these things can be totally fun and beneficial!)
Some people assume that they don’t have time to live naturally because the conveniences seem so much easier and quicker to use. Other people assume that they can’t afford to eat healthy because it seems more expensive than the less healthy packaged foods. Still others would really like to rid their homes of chemicals but they just don’t know where to start or what will work.
Some folks might find that it’s cost efficient and simple to make their own dishwasher detergent or laundry detergent at home. Other people may learn how to roast their own coffee in a stovetop roaster to avoid chemical processes that may be used. Composting to create fertilizer for the garden is a simple way to live naturally which works for some. Still others may find that tossing milk into a crockpot with a cup of yogurt can be a simple and inexpensive way to save money and provide the family with healthy foods and no additives.
Natural living doesn’t have to be overwhelming or immediately life changing. It can mean that you’ve simply begun to make choices, little bits at a time, which allow your family to set healthier standards for cooking, eating, and living in your home. This will probably look different for everyone, and that’s okay. And it doesn’t have to happen all at once but you can progressively find natural ways of living that work for your family.
Here are a couple of suggestions to begin living naturally:
Vinegar — A natural substance that is almost magical in its abilities to be used in a myriad of ways. It’s only recently that women are discovering why their grandmothers used to keep gallons of it around the house! Since it’s completely edible, cleaning with it exposes your family to no harmful chemicals. Use it as a booster for a homemade dishwasher detergent rinse agent to add sparkle to your glasses. Use it with the laundry as a soak, particularly for difficult stains such as grape juice or red wine. Shine up your floors and windows by cleaning them with vinegar.
Herbs — Those who don’t have time or space to grow an entire vegetable garden can usually still find a windowsill in which to grow some potted herbs. Fresh basil cut directly from your kitchen counter, cooked into your spaghetti sauce, allows you to know exactly where the herbs came from. Mint snipped and placed into your fresh made iced tea not only tastes excellent, but saves you money and keeps your family from the pesticides that may have been used on herbs you purchase at the store.