It's Easy Being Green in Your Santa Cruz Home

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 7:27am.

Kermit the Frog may beg to differ, but it really is easy being green. There are several simple green steps you can take to keep your family clean and healthy in your Santa Cruz home.

Surprisingly, one of the most common places chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and your body are found is your bathroom cabinet—and I'm not talking about house cleaning supplies. Do you know how 'natural' that stuff you put on your face really is? Keep yourself and your family clean and healthy by choosing truly natural skin care products or with easy to create homemade cleaning solutions.

Oatmeal isn't just for breakfast anymore: You can buy oatmeal scrubs in the stores but they are often full of extra additives. Read the label, and if you are not completely satisfied that a scrub is all natural, make your own. Not only are homemade oatmeal scrubs usually healthier than store bought items, they're cheaper too. All you need is some instant oatmeal and water—that's it. Mix it to the desired consistency: thicker for a masque and thinner for a scrub. It removes dead skin and dirt from your pores and leaves your skin silky soft.

Yogurt is yummy: That plain yogurt in your Santa Cruz home refrigerator has a place in the bathroom too. It makes a fantastic all natural face cream to replace chemically produced cold creams.

Baking soda cleansing: Baking soda is a wonder of nature. Mix it with a little water to form a thick paste that cleans your teeth.  Baking soda also makes a rejuvenating facial masque used in much the same consistency as you would for brushing your teeth. Apply a thin layer to your skin and let it set until hardened. Simply wash off with warm water and you've given yourself a natural facial.

Going green in your Santa Cruz home really doesn't take much time at all and the benefits to your home and family can't be measured in mere cost.

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