Thoughts, Musings and News
Supporting Our Veterans and You Can Too!
We’ve partnered with EagleWarriors.org, to donate 50% of the profits earned this Veterans Day weekend from 11/9 - 11/12/2018 midnight. Eagle Warriors do a lot for veterans, including supporting VA hospices with toiletries and Christmas cards.
The biggest support Eagle Warriors provides is funding to the Combat Hero Bike Build. (details below)
They also provide medical staff for the annual RFTW.us memorial ride. A motorcycle ride from California to Washington, DC every May with over 1,800 riders! See the picture listed here...impressive, right!
Eagle Warriors support....
Combat Hero Bike Build
Many of our wounded are experienced "bikers" but now have injuries that limit their ability to be free.
Combat Hero Bike Build picks up the cost of rebuilding, or modifying existing bikes, to help get veterans back mentally to where they need and want to be.ny have died defending the freedoms we enjoy every day.
The more we sell this weekend, the more we can donate to the Eagle Warriors and they will make sure the money goes to the right places. No middle-man. No admin fees.
50% of our profits made on sales from NOW through midnight Monday, November 12, 2018.
It's the perfect opportunity to get your holiday shopping done while supporting the amazing men & women of our nation who have fought for the rights we enjoy every day. #neverforget
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to serve our severely wounded combat veterans. It is a program designed by warriors, for warriors, to give our wounded heroes the freedoms they once enjoyed.
Join me and shop now.
xo Angie Ringler
Reduce the waste by making your own. A few years ago, I started taking a solid look at what we use most in the kitchen. Turns out we are addicted to nut milk and nut butter.
Looking at health instead of waste made it easy to ignore the impact my food preferences were having on the environment. Buying the "healthier option" aka non-dairy milk seemed better, after all, I wasn't buying those big plastic jugs. Unfortunately, those cartons that nut milk come in are NOT recyclable, so really; what difference is there?
So, upon reflection of how I could better "balance" the healthy choice with my care of the environment, I knew the best option was to make nut milk at home. I could easily use a glass jar and refill it - forever...never having to throw away another carton.
BUT -- could I really do it?
Make my own milk, every week!
At the time we were going through 2 -3 cartons a week. That seemed like a lot of work I was going to have to do to keep up without nutty addiction.
Instead of over thinking it, I ordered a "nut bag".
Yes, it's called a"nut bag" and each time I told my husband about my conceived efforts, he giggled.
I'm not sure if he was laughing at me or the thought of me using a nut bag regularly. First, I had to explain what a nut bag was and that it would not come between us! LOL
I used that nut bag for years...and many times I hated it!
Honestly, I didn't need MORE to do in my life, I needed my life to be easier BUT also I didn't want my habits to cause more harm to the environment aka waste.
I already had wrist issues and squeezing that nut bag several times a week grew old REALLY QUICK!
Soon, hubby started helping out. I would soak and blend the nuts and he would squeeze.
The end result is we were doing something together, as little as it was, togetherness breeds conversation and laughter which leads to closeness.
I won't say the nut bag brought us closer together, we've always had a great relationship - it did bring out new conversations.
We talked about our food habits and how we could improve them. We talked about making changes we could both live with and feel like it was good for us and the planet.
Hope you enjoyed this true story.
xo Angie Ringler
3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Shower Clean:
The reality is, I only make cleaning products; I’m not an expert cleaner. I am always learning about “how” to clean. One of my favorites resources to learn some solid cleaning advice is Melissa over at CleanMySpace She is practical and often has a variety of green cleaning options and I really like that!
If you are not familiar with her, Melissa Maker is host of the CleanMySpace YouTube channel and founder of Clean My Space, a housekeeping service based in her native Canada. With an ever-expanding community of YouTube subscribers (over 850,000 as of Jan 2018) and over 100,000,000 video views, Melissa dispenses useful, time-saving cleaning tips, tricks, and recommendations. This includes everything from developing a daily cleaning routine to decluttering and organizing around the home, for a global audience spanning 165 countries.
Why I like to learn from her? She wasn’t always a cleaning pro (or fan) and understands that people are looking for practical, time-saving solutions to everyday problems.
I have recently been battling a mildew problem in our master shower. So I have been starting new habits to try to beat the problem. Here are some steps I am taking. It has not resolved the problem completely, but I see improvements. There is one problem spot that I will be working on differently, because now I know it is under the grout :( I share how I learned this towards the end of this article.
1. Make and use your own daily shower spray.
Use a refillable spray bottle, preferably one that has a “mist” setting. For each 8 oz of water, add 10 drops of tea tree, oregano or cinnamon essential oil (or a blend of all three). Mist the everything in the shower area even the curtain (or doors) after each use.
2. Use a squeegee after you shower or towel-dry the tiles and tub.
This is my least favorite thing to do to keep the shower free from excess waster, but it works! The excess waster is exactly where the mold and mildew like to grow.
3. Open a window, keep the door open or use the exhaust fan. Try airing out the bathroom for a minimum of 30 minutes after a shower or bath. Not only does the exhaust fan help remove stink, it also helps remove moisture. A good indicator there is too much moisture in the bathroom is when the mirror gets fogged over.
Staying healthy is not just about what we put inside the body, it’s about what we are exposed to outside the body.
Keeping mold and mildew out of your home and using non-toxic ways of doing that is important.
Many times we see mildew or mold on the grout lines and it never seems to go away.
Here is a quick test I learned from my friends over at Sashco: on how to determine if the mold is on or under the grout.
The key to keeping mildew (or mold) from growing and coming back is to remove moisture and the environment on which it thrives. Try one, or all of these 3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Shower Clean.
I hope you find value in this information. Feel free to share it with someone you care about.
Why put more metal in our lives when it’s not necessary.
You've probably heard that it’s not good to use antiperspirant deodorant because of the aluminum,
but what about aluminum foil and food?
Studies have been done that “clearly indicate that the use of aluminum foil for cooking contributes significantly to the daily intake of aluminum through the cooked foods. The amount of leaching was found to be high in acidic solutions, and even higher with the addition of spices.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the obtained values considered to be unacceptable.
Finally, excessive consumption of aluminum from leaching aluminum foil has an extreme health risk effects.
Aluminum foil may be used for packing but not for cooking.”
Although aluminum foil can be recycled, it must be clean of debris to be recycled properly.
When used for grilling or baking in the oven, it’s often impossible to remove all the cooked on food.
Many times aluminium foil is used to line pans to make clean up easy.
Here are some replacement options for disposable aluminum foil:
Aluminum is a non-renewable resource so use it wisely and reuse it whenever possible.
Better yet, use one of the Aluminum foil alternatives listed above for the oven and grill.
They options are safer, more eco-friendly, easy to acquire and implement.
Instead of me trying to reword all the detailed information, here is a link to a fantastic study
on the human exposure to aluminum by the Royal Society of Chemistry. [Christopher Exley, 2013]
Have another clever replacement for aluminum foil? Leave a comment here.
I hope this information was valuable to you. Feel free to share it with your friends.
Imagine how difficult it is for you to go zero-waste at home. Now, think about all the items in a grocery store. Stores have much more of a variety of products, many more areas to consider when trying to reduce their waste.
Finally, a supermarket in the USA receives the Zero-Waste Designation from EPA.
Just announced, the Giant Food Store at 481 West Penn Ave. in Cleona, Pa., is the chain’s first store to attain U.S. Environmental Protection Agency zero-waste status. They still have waste but it’s what they do with the waste that matters. The EPA zero-waste designation signifies that 90% or more of the store’s total waste is being diverted from a landfill or incineration.
“There are a lot of little things we do that get the customers excited and help us drive down waste at the same time,” said Andrea Doygun, manager of the Giant store in Cleona, PA. “For example, we clean the empty frosting containers from the bakery as well as corn crates from produce and put them out for our customers to take them home and reuse them. Every little thing counts.”
Today, I write this article to help the store celebrate this milestone but also to help you.
Many times in the past, I have been asked about my laundry room routine. One main part I like to highlight is the “soaking bucket” I often use.
This bucket is super handy!
When I am ready to address the stain, I take the item out of the bucket, fill the bucket with warm water and add a few tablespoons of my Laundry Booster (aka oxygenated bleach), dropping the item back into the bucket to soak overnight. Usually I will pretreat a stain with a little of my laundry soap and then drop it in.
Oxygenated bleach works WAAAAY better the longer it can work. Most of us were introduced to oxygenated bleach as a laundry booster. Tossing a few tablespoons into the washing machine is ok, but it really doesn't allow the product to work as well as it could. Much like trading a $20.00 bill for a $5.00 bill. Not the best thing to do, although you still end up with cash. As with many natural products, the longer that ingredients are allowed to work, the better they work. an item can soak in the dissolved oxygenated bleach, the better the stain removal, whitening or brightening effect will be.
Most chain bakeries receive frosting/icing in 3-or-5 gallon buckets. Most will give you them for free and you simply rinse out all the leftover frosting at home. I was happy to see that Giant Food Store is rinsing them out before giving them away. I can tell you from my personal experience that blue icing is a bitch and takes forever to rinse out! I can only imagine what that blue icing does to the inside of my body when I eat it….uggghhhhh!
So, if you are looking to improve your laundry routine, simplify your stain removal process or give yourself a place to easily soak/whiten fabrics; the bucket is a must.
Pick one up today and tuck it in a convenient place in your laundry room. Mine sits wedged between the washer and the wall, eagerly awaiting dirty stuff.
Full Article at https://www.supermarketnews.com/sustainability/it-s-first-zero-waste-giant-food-stores
How Can I Become More Eco-Friendly?
Have you ever asked yourself the question, "How can I become more eco-friendly?" If so, congratulations. It's the first step in regard to helping the environment. The more people who make the conscious decision to pitch in to help, the better off everyone will be.
One of the simplest definitions of eco-friendly is "not harmful to the environment." There's nothing complicated about that, is there? One of the greatest things about becoming eco-friendly is that it normally doesn't require drastic lifestyle changes. You can even start out small if you wish.
The following information includes several suggestions for making yourself more environmentally conscious and giving Mother Nature a helping hand. There's no reason to panic; it's probably easier than you think.
It's really unfortunate that the vast majority of vehicles on the roadways today are transporting a single passenger. If everyone took the initiative to carpool, even once or twice a week, it would immediately reduce traffic on those days by 50 percent. This represents a HUGE difference! Not only does carpooling save participants' money on gas and car repairs, it also reduces air pollution and helps to prevent the shortage of fossil fuels.
If you don't already take part in your city's recycling program, there's no better time to begin. Better yet, it's probably not as much of the hassle as you think. The first thing you need to do is make yourself aware of any specific requirements you may need to abide by. Recycling is sometimes different from one city to the next.
A few of the most common things to recycle are aluminum (cans, specifically), paper, glass, plastic, outdated electronics and batteries.
When you buy locally, not only are you helping local merchants and farmers, you're also reducing your "carbon footprint" by helping to reduce the demand of shipping from point A to point B. Less long-distance shipments means lower air pollution levels, fresher food on the table and a reduced chance of fuel shortages.
These are just a few examples on how to save energy, while sticking to your daily routine:
* Place weather-stripping around doors and windows
* Turn out lights when leaving a room
* Turn off water when brushing your teeth
* Use cold water for laundry purposes
* Unplug appliances when not in use
* Replace furnace and air conditioner filters on a regular basis
* Install skylights for more natural lighting
Take a few minutes to think about all of the things you do during an average day. Chances are, you'll think of several more eco-friendly changes you can make to improve the state of the environment. Mother Nature will love you for it!
Trees are important, in so many ways. They clean the air, provide homes for wildlife, produce oxygen and prevent the erosion of soil... just to name a few. Taking the initiative to plant trees in your yard not only helps support all of these things, it also provides you with a shady spot to relax after a long day.
We've just talked about some of things you can do to be more eco-friendly. Obviously, you don't have to do everything in one day. Taking it slow makes it easier to get acclimated to a slightly different routine.
The changes you make won't help the environment overnight. But, with a little due diligence, chances are high that your perseverance will make the world a better place for your family, for generations to come.
What steps have you taken lately to be more eco-friendly?
How does it make you feel.
In my years of making soap, curing is always a peculiar stage.
Different ingredients reap different outcomes and that what makes soap so interesting!
But when packaging and curing meet the eye, sometimes it’s not always the best result.
I take pride in my products but I also know that what I’m doing in the soaping world is NOT the norm. I’ve been self taught along the way but have also been very fortunate to meet (in person & online) many folks who helped me understand the variances within soaping. Now as I develop relationships with large scale manufacturers, I have access to labs and information I only previously dreamed about.
This help has never been more appreciated than when my product acted in a way I had never seen before. One day I noticed a few scrap pieces of Laundry Paste were sitting out and had not been packaged up in their little compostable cellophane bags, but what was unusual was the thin film I noticed covering each bar.
OMG! At first I panicked. Was it mold?
Crazy! It couldn’t be mold! Could it??
“Pull it together, Angie!”
Call someone who knows. That’s what I did. I made a call and they had it tested.
Turns out it’s the ingredients!
As the soap cures, it’s pushing out a fine amount of ingredients.
It’s not harmful or degrading to the effectiveness of the soap in any way.
I share this because you may get a bar of our Laundry Paste and it may have some thin whitish film on it.
Don't be alarmed!
It’s fine and to be expected with the soap comes in contact with the air for a long period of time.
I want you to be assured I know it’s happening.
SO. If you choose to dissolve only a portion of the bar of Laundry Paste when you receive your order,
store it in the compostable cellophane bag it came in and be sure to fold over the edges to keep the bag closed.
Any questions, feel free to contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Recycling in the bathroom, does that sound weird? Maybe you already recycle the plastic bottles and caps (plastic #1 & #2) from shampoo, conditioners, body lotion, body wash, skin care, baby powder, etc) but what about:
Did you know that the plastic pumps in bottles (e.g. lotion) are not yet recyclable. When you finish the bottle, discard (or reuse) the pump, and recycle the bottle.
Typically we think these items are also non-recyclable:
TerraCycle offers recycling programs for lots of hard to recycle items like
One of the many Terracycle Brigades is for traditional oral care products. After you use the oral care container, simply drop it into your designated box (or bag) with any other items you collect like toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and other bathroom leftovers. Once the bag is full you mail it back to Terracycle for recycling. You earn two points for each item mailed back. Those points can be redeemed for cash donations to the school or charity of your choice.
TerraCycle offers free recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. Simply choose the programs you’d like to join; start collecting in your home, school, or office; download free shipping labels; and send us your waste to be recycled. You can even earn rewards for your school or favorite non-profit!
Hope you learned something today, I know I did!
4 INGREDIENT BATHROOM CLEANSER is a great plastic-free cleaning option!
Along the way, I get requests for new products. If you have something in mind,
I certainly want to hear from you!
I love tinkering with new ideas and even better when they come to reality.
But I digress…
Here are the Top 3 new product requests I get:
1. Dish Washing Soap Paste.
Being able to offer a paste that could be diluted into a liquid dish washing soap at home,
using your own container & water; would be awesome.
2. Hand Soap Paste.
Same ‘dilute-at-home’ concept but for hand washing.
3. Bathroom Cleanser.
In the past, I offered a liquid bathroom cleaner but discontinued it when I committed to plastic-free packaging.
No more liquid products in plastic bottles.
I have been working on all three, diligently.
Happy to tell you today that I am very close to rolling out #1 and #2.
Imagine refilling your hand soap pumps and foamers over and over again
without the plastic bottle waste!
Man, these are exciting times.
But, the news I want to share with you today is the Bathroom Cleanser.
It’s finally here!! A Powdered bathroom cleanser to be exact.
IT'S EASY TO USE:
Simply sprinkle the powder onto a wet sponge or directly on a wet area you want to clean.
Scrub the area as normal and rinse. Clean. Shiny. Done.
The cleanser is free of ...
is packaged in a small compostable cellophane bag!
There are no pollutants and no constant disposing of plastic containers.
It’s a clean, simple, environmentally friendly cleaner that really works great on
tubs, tiles, sinks, faucets, toilets, kitchen cleaning, even cookware.
I have a few warnings BEFORE USE:
Check Your Surfaces.
The ingredients are few but they are powerful cleaners!
Because these are powdered ingredients with essential oil;
it was easier for me to formulate this cleanser as compared to the Dish Washing and Hand Soap Pastes.
Powdered ingredients are WWAAAAAYYYY less finicky than soapmaking.
But I will prevail with the Top 2 requested soap pastes, soon!
Just like I did with the Bathroom Cleanser. [insert back patting motion]
Did I mention I’m also offering a new kick-ass shaker can in which said bathroom cleanser is dispensed?
Ah-HA...then check out this link !
The can is engraved, super cool, stainless steel, refillable AND useful!
I personally use this same can at home, well not the same can - if you order one it will be brand new. :P
The shaker is easily filled and forever refilled with the bathroom cleanser.
The powdered bathroom cleanser is packed in a small compostable cellophane bag.
Simply empty the contents of the shaker can with the powder, screw the lid back on and you are ready to go!
Well, that’s really all I had to share today.
Thanks for reading.
I’m glad we can connect here.
Before I go, I want to ask you,
What product do YOU want to see plastic-free and/or refillable?
Comment below or even better, email me at email@example.com
Thanks for taking time today.
Can you count on one hand the number of shampoo bottles you have thrown away (aka recycled) in the past 6 months?
If you can, that is 5 bottles too many.
There are many options for getting beautiful locks and healthy scalp without the excess plastic waste. Since healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, let talk conditioner. Have you tried an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse?
If your hair looks dull, dry, frizzy or weak; it tends to be more alkaline or higher on the pH scale. ACV can lower pH and bring a healthy balance back to your hair. One of the most important acids in ACV is acetic acid, which is packed with vitamin B1, B6, A and C, as well as iron and potassium. All these nutrients are essential for a healthy scalp and healthy hair in general. The cleansing nature of ACV helps to get rid of any build-up or residue on the scalp, leftover from hair treatments or other hair care products.
If you want to try ACV for scalp care and have never used it prior, it’s simple to test for allergy. Apply some ACV to a reusable cotton pad (or wash cloth) and dab it on your wrist or to the skin around your hairline.