As we wrap up this two-week Spring Cleaning Festival, I want to say thank you to my special guests: Dana White, Sarah Mae, Mandy at Biblical Homemaking, Courtney Joseph, Heather & Vanessa from At the Picket Fence, Marla Cilley aka Flylady, and Karen Ehman. Plus a special thanks to my sweet friend and new assistant (a few hours a week), Natalie Longoria, who organized all the details.
Before I get into the final post in this series, I want to announce two winners. The first winner is of the home decor basket donated by Heather and Vanessa from At the Picket Fence. Congratulations to: Amie Mc. who left a comment at 10:44 AM. Please email me at editor@Proverbs31.org with your mailing address.
The second winner is for Karen Ehman’s book “The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized” and a Wal-mart gift card. Congratulations to Colleen Loerzel. I’ve sent you an email, so please watch for it.
Thank you to everyone who entered and all the lovely comments. You blessed our socks off!
I don’t often write about my husband due to respecting his privacy and wishes. But there is a Mr. Whitwer! He’s a private sort of guy, but he’s really amazing. In addition to being committed to our family and mission work (he travels to Uganda to help oversee an orphanage of 450 children) he’s also an environmental engineer. He’s an expert at cleaning up contaminated stuff. And he inspires me to be much more aware of the products we use and the choices we make at home.
Since tomorrow is Earth Day, I decided to devote today’s post to ways we can honor God’s creation through wise and caring choices. Psalm 24:1 says, “THE EARTH is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, the world and they who dwell in it.” We are just caretakers of what the Lord has given us. And I believe we should do our part.
I know there is LOTS more I could be doing to be environmentally aware. I’m kind of tip-toing into this area, and every month I try to increase my wise choices. So while I’m not a model for completely green living, for now, here are some of the small things we do to help:
1) Cloth shopping bags. These are kept in the back of my vehicle, and used as often as I remember to take them in to the store (just being real here!) I love the sign at my local Trader Joe’s which reminds me to get my shopping bags. Plus, since most places also give me a 5 cent credit, I’m saving money too.
2) Use micro-fiber cloths to clean. I use very few chemicals in day-to-day cleaning. For most cleaning jobs, I have two blue micro-fiber clothes I’ve used for years and all they need is water. I do all my dusting, mirrors and windows with a rung-out cloth.
3) Eco-friendly laundry and dish soap. It’s isn’t difficult to find products these days that are eco-friendly. And the price is comparable to the name brands. You might sacrifice some of the scent, but it’s worth it.
4) Water conservation. I live in the desert Southwest and grew up conserving water. This is the one area that I am a bit extreme. I collect all run-off water (without soap) and leftover ice cubes from glasses, and pour it into house plants or outside.
5) We are active recyclers.
I’d love to hear your comments. Do you make your own cleaning products? Is there a brand name you love? What creative ideas do you have? To leave a comment, please click here to be taken to my blog.
While I don’t consider myself an environmentalist, I do consider myself a steward of God’s resources. And I think Christians need to reclaim the care of the earth in the name of the Lord! Amen?
Grace & peace,