October Challenge - give it up!

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Registered: 07-21-2008
October Challenge - give it up!
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Mon, 10-05-2009 - 12:33am

Okay ladies (and gentleman?)~ Let's do it! I'm challenging you to break a habit this month by giving something up. I'll leave it kind of vague since we all seem to have different things we need or want to work on. Here are some ideas for you:


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Registered: 01-27-2006
Mon, 10-05-2009 - 4:16pm

I'm bummed I'm the first one to respond 'cause I wanted to get ideas from other people! :P

Maybe I'll give up shampoo and body wash and switch to baking soda and ACV. But I hate the smell of ACV. Can I add lemon juice to it or something to cut the smell?

I think it will be pretty easy, but I just have to remember to bring the BS and ACV to the bathroom, lol.

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Mon, 10-05-2009 - 5:19pm

Ewww I know what you mean! I was using the same combo and finally quit. The BS was too hard to get through my thick, curly hair. Then the ACV I could never get out all the way and I'd catch whiffs of vinegar throughout the day when I turned my head. LMBO!

Uh-oh, have to run and get the kids from school. Be back later...

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Mon, 10-05-2009 - 10:52pm
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Registered: 03-02-2007
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 12:13am
Just a question- what is ACV?

 

 

 

 

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Registered: 03-02-2007
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 12:16am

OK, I am going to try to give up paper towels. I know that I use WAY too many of them.

 

 

 

 

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 1:15am
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Registered: 12-17-2007
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 2:40am

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Registered: 07-21-2008
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 9:08am

Dick~ Not really. It's fine for me, but DH isn't too keen on it. He hates the way the tap water tastes. I just throw a bunch of ice in it and it tastes fine to me.

Aside from the drinking aspect, all sorts of minerals seem to build up in our dishwasher, so I've started using a dishwasher cleaning product that you put in once a month and run the dishwasher empty. It seems to do the trick. Our glasses and silverware were all starting to turn white with calcium (or lime?).

We have a filter where the water comes into the house, but it obviously needs more than that. We're planning to invest either in a better one or in a water softener. Just trying to save some cash up first!

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Registered: 07-21-2008
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 9:29am

Colleen~ Yep, ACV is apple cider vinegar. Here's a website that tells you all about using baking soda and ACV instead of shampoo and conditioner.

http://www.naturemoms.com/no-shampoo-alternative.html

I did try it for awhile, but I'm a drop out. :) My hair is extremely thick, long and curly. It took me so long that I just didn't think it was worth all the time and hot water I was using. I'm hoping to get my hair cut here soon, so I might try it again once it's a little shorter.

Good for you on giving up paper towels! I have a stash of rags under the sink - old wash cloths, and an old towel cut up into pieces. It can take multiple paper towels to clean up a mess, but with a rag, you can wash it out and keep using it.

As Dick mentioned, there is some question about using paper towels made from recycled content v. using rags that have to be washed. I use mine a few times before washing (unless it's one I've used to clean the toilet with of course, lol) then throw them in with a load of wash, so I'm not using any more soap or energy than I normally would. To me, that's still better than using even recycled content paper towels since a lot of energy and chemicals go into the process of actually recycling them. Plus it's cheaper!

Good luck - keep us posted on your progress!

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Registered: 07-21-2008
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 10:06am

Oops, I almost forgot to add mine! I'm giving up my scrubby...that sponge/scotch-bright combination thing.

Awhile back I bought some hand-knit dish cloths on recommendation from a member here. I also have a pot scraper like this: http://www.greenfeet.com/itemdesc.asp?kw=Bamboo-Pot-Scraper&ic=6010-00657-0000&eq=

I was using them for awhile, but resorted back to the scrubby because it was there. The one I have now is about to give up the ghost anyway, so I'm throwing it away and will go just with the dish cloth and scraper.

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