A couple weeks ago I hosted a Healthy Home Party sponsored by Healthy Child Healthy World. The idea behind the parties is to raise awareness about chemicals and toxin exposures in the environment and what can be done to minimize those exposures in children. We may not be able to eliminate all the toxic exposures our kids receive because they go out into the world where toxins abound, but we can control what they are exposed to in our own homes.
There are green alternatives available for most products these days including cleaning supplies, clothes, dishes, beauty supplies, mattresses, paints, and even carpeting. We can use alternatives to plastics, like glass, and when we have to use plastic, we can choose safer plastics that don’t leach as many harmful chemicals into our food (plastics labeled 1, 2, 4, and5 are the safest). We can even make our own household cleaners, and beauty products that are green and usually less expensive to make ourselves.
In the kit I received, there were a bunch of theme ideas for the party. I chose to do a green cleaning party because it’s something I do already and by making my own cleaners I have really decreased the amount of chemicals in my home. I only invited five people because I wanted a manageable number and because I chose people who wouldn’t think I was a total nut job hippie. (Well, they might, but they all know me well enough to not be surprised by it.)
It was so much fun! Everyone really seemed to enjoy it and were interested in it. We made our own all purpose cleaner. My very favorite recipe:
2 tsp Borax
4 Tbsp Vinegar
1/4 tsp castile soap
3-4 c. hot water all mixed in a spray bottle.
This is the best cleaner ever! I use it for all my counters and bathroom cleaning needs. It does smell like vinegar, but the odor goes away after it dries. You could use lemon juice in place of the vinegar if the odor is really too much. You can also exclude the borax if you’d like.
We had some yummy vegetarian food (if I do say so myself), watched a short video by Healthy Child Healthy World, talked about eliminating chemicals and toxins in our homes, and got some samples from some great companies. I got a lot of positive feedback from the party. My mother-in-law, who one might call the queen of Lysol, is buying green products and making her own now.
The one thing I would do differently next time is have everyone invite another person if they wanted. I heard from just about everyone that they told a friend about it and their friend wanted to come. I guess it wasn’t quite as crazy hippie as I thought, and I could have reached more people.
If you’re interested in hosting a healthy home party, click on the link for more information. If you’re just interested in the organization and what they have to say, I highly recommend their book, Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a cleaner, greener, safer home. Educating each other is how change happens.