Remember my handsome husband?
We finally got a new specialist. Who immediately laid out an anti-cancer diet to fight off those bad cells and hopefully give him some energy back.
This meant an end to those nightly ice cream bowls.
A painful end.
Then the doc started using weird words like quinoa and talking about how he has brown rice and raw nuts for breakfast.
And in short, we can’t have dairy or grains or red meat and our diet needs to be mostly vegetables. Organic, of course.
No milk, no butter, no cream, no yogurt, no ice cream, no sour cream, no cream cheese, no salad dressing with cream. No wheat, no grains, no gluten, no pasta, no bread. One egg a day. 12 ounces of red meat a week. And soy substitutes are full of estrogen = bad for men.
I was doing okay until he said:
Mr. Daddy gulped, half-laughed at my reaction.
Then the doc said,
So now I pretty much want to do this to anyone moaning over their Pumpkin Spice Latte on Facebook.
But in the process of learning about the junk we’ve been putting into our bodies (I promise, we’re not all granola about stuff… we’re hardcore bad-for-you-food-eaters about some things), it intersected with some other changes we’d been making over the past year.
Do you know what your body’s largest organ is?
It’s your skin.
You can bet your sweet bippy that the stuff we’re putting on it is getting absorbed into our bodies at some point.
This is not a sponsored post – this is a post about how we did something better for our bodies that ultimately ended up saving us some change$$$. I can’t stand it when people get all preachy on me – so take it from a convert who is all about cheap and easy.
When you live out in the country with lots of this:
…you also have a fair amount of laundry.
I thought I was doing pretty good by getting the “gentle” detergents, and later the natural softener and dryer sheets.
I had no idea what kind of chemical mess I was putting into my clothes until articles like this started popping up online and pretty much scaring the snot out of me.
So I went looking for some truly natural detergent on Etsy. Because y’know, I’m all about EASY. And if I can’t even follow recipes in the kitchen, you would see me on the 5 o’clock news with a hazmat team if I tried to do THIS!
I’ll admit – I was a total doubter. This stuff only takes a 1/2 tablespoon? Or a full tablespoon for a really dirty load?
Until the day my booger got “washable” paint on his brand new shirt.
And it had gone through a good 10 washings with my usual detergent and some mega stainlifters. It was one of those “I gave up” things – it was a shame to throw it away.
Except, I washed it with this new stuff ONCE, and the stain was gone.
So I decided to do the math. Because let’s be honest… even if it takes the same amount of TIME, some decisions come down to the dollars.
What we were spending on about 300 loads/year:
$27.75 dryer sheets
= $146.34 per year
That natural detergent from Etsy was $54.30 for six bags. We truly do get about 50 loads from each package.
We also converted to a vinegar/water mix for a softener. But y’know, I just put the mixture into my cute Mrs. Meyer’s bottle and no one is the wiser (except for y’all). And who doesn’t have a cute squirrel by all their laundry supplies?
So breaking down the cost of 300 loads with our “new” healthy way?
$54.30 for the natural detergent (including shipping)
$15.00 for a 3 bottles of vinegar
and oops, I forgot dryer sheets!
Except… instead of dryer sheets that I’d have to throw away, I finally invested in some felted wool dryer balls.
These were $40.80 including shipping. Big investment. Except, I’ll never have to buy dryer sheets again.
So the total for our green laundry gear is $110.10 per year.
Not seeing where we’re saving serious $$ ? The dryer balls last 8+ years. So this next year, the cost difference will be:
Chemical products = $146.34
Green products = $69.30
But get this. We’re saving money on the fact that it’s such a good stainbuster that we rarely need to pretreat. And the dryer balls reduce drying time – so I was saving a good 10+ minutes of electricity every load. (Holy smokes… that’s 50 hours every year).
I’ll be honest with you. My favorite things about the dryer balls is the fact that I keep finding them in random places. Can you see where they ended up in Boog’s ultra-cute undies?
(what does the FOX say?!)
I love Etsy. And these women were super kind when I asked if they had any discount codes for Miracle readers.
Green Bubbles is offering a 10% discount with the code: FALL10
The detergent comes in eight different scents.
I can vouch for the Sweet Orange and Tahitian Vanilla. Trust me, there was not a HINT of elk estrus left on my husband’s hunting gear!
And for those dryer balls (that are also conveniently fun to throw as mega bombs during Nerf Wars ahem):
Bog Berry will hook you up!
(Oh my word – don’t you love those anchor ones? She does them custom!)
She’s created a special code for you guys! ONCEUPON10 for 10% off!
Her fella has his own shop of hand carved beauties. This scoop would be sweet for that jar of detergent!
You can pick it up at Ember Handcraft.
(psst: with the code FORESTFRIEND for 10% off!)
As always, we’ll be back with more Etsy favorites in time for Christmas shopping. That $$$ I’m saving on laundry ought to come in handy
Now… back to stain-making…