If you’re a mom, chances are you’ve heard of “crunchy moms”. You know… the ones that don’t vaccinate or wear deodorant. They clean with vinegar, they’re obsessed with essential oils, only shop at farmers markets, cloth diaper, wear their babies and breastfeed toddlers. Oh my!
Of course, not all crunchy moms do all of those things – the scale of “crunchiness” definitely varies – and while I’m not really into labels, I do think there is something to said about being even just a little crunchy. According to crunchymoms.com “crunchy” means being “environmentally, health and socially conscious”. There are a variety of ways that we can do this. And, honestly, I think we can all stand to be a little crunchier.
Why wouldn’t we want to be conscious of these things?
Though I have been called a hippie and the other day my mom told my brother that I don’t use soap (not true by the way!), I wouldn’t consider myself super crunchy. I have just found little ways to be a little more environmentally, health and socially conscious.
Buy natural products as much as possible.
Natural products really aren’t that hard to come by anymore and they are better for both your health and the environment. Consider switching out things like your detergent, dish soap and cleaning products with a natural brand. Some of my favorites are 7th Generation, Honest Company, BabyGanics and Dapple. Yes, natural brands can be expensive, this is why I like to have a few favorite brands that I can switch between based on sales!
Make your own products as much as possible.
This kind of stems from the “but it’s so expensive excuse”. Making your own products can save you a significant amount of money. Like I said earlier, my mom told my brother that I don’t use soap. He was disgusted and I got a good laugh but it’s actually not true. I made Baby Wash when I was pregnant and started using it on myself because I wanted to eliminate soaps with fragrance. I’ve been using the wash ever since and when my son came along, I started using it on him. This has saved me a huge amount of money. To date, I have spent less than $33 on body/baby wash since March 2015. (You can get the recipe here.) I also made diaper cream for my son when I was pregnant, for less than $5 and we haven’t even used half of it yet. (Get the diaper cream recipe here.)
Use reusable bags.
So simple yet so many of us just don’t do it. Leave several in your car. Something else I often do is use my reusable bag as a “purse”. I just throw in my wallet and a couple of diapers/wipes.
Find little ways to conserve water and electricity.
I have often joked that my lack of daily showering isn’t because I’m a tired mom but because I am doing my part to end the drought in California! All joking aside, cutting back on showers whether by shortening your shower by a few minutes or taking one less shower a week all together is certainly not a bad idea. Did you know the average American shower uses 17.2 gallons of water? Check out this article for more ideas on how to conserve water in your shower time.
Also, an easy way to save electricity is by unplugging unused appliances. Not only will this conserve energy but it can save you money, too!
Always have vinegar and coconut oil on hand. Always.
I never cease to be amazed by how much you can do with vinegar and coconut oil. I use vinegar in the wash, to wipe down counters, unclog drains (just add baking powder)… and I keep seeing more uses for it! And coconut oil? I’m pretty sure you can use coconut oil for anything. I currently use it as face wash but if that’s just too crunchy for you, it’s also a great eye makeup remover! There really are a ton of home remedies you can do with these items.
Invest in essential oils.
I’ve used some essential oils here and there but I recently received a DoTerra starter kit with Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint from a distributor I met on Instagram (her name is Rachel and she’s AWESOME. You should check out her feed! Also, though I received these products for free, all opinions are my own). It’s only been a couple of weeks since I received the oils and I have already used them for all kinds of things. The package arrived right as I was leaving for a camping trip and when I came back, I brought allergies back with me. I used a combo of the three oils to relieve them and they really worked! I also had a horrible headache the first night we came back, so I rubbed some Peppermint on my temples and within an hour the headache was completely gone. Then I caught some kind of stomach bug. (I know… so many issues!) I used Peppermint, lemon and coconut oil (always on hand, right?) and rubbed it on my stomach. It took a couple of times but the bug was gone within hours. My mom had the same thing and it held on for a couple of days. I totally give the oils credit for my bug being gone so fast!
There are so many uses for oils from cleaning to medicinal.
When I lived on Oahu in Hawaii, I did not have a car. That was not initially the plan but I quickly realized that I didn’t really need one and I actually liked not driving – no car insurance, or repairs or gas meant more money in my pocket! Plus, I felt like one less car on that tiny rock was definitely a good thing. Oh and I felt so much healthier (and less stressed!) because of all the walking I did!
I realize there are places that being without a car would be difficult but there are definitely still ways to cut back on driving (unless you are in a really rural area). Now, I do have a car but since there is a store within walking distance rather than jump in the car I will walk (except when it’s 100 degrees out!).
These are just a few of the things I have found that help me be a little crunchy. What crunchy habits do you have?