4 eco-friendly switches to a sustainable household

Our planet needs us to do more for it. It’s our only home! I love taking care of it by buying pre-loved items, picking up garbage on walks, and trying to use more sustainable items in our daily lives. It definitely is tough to make the change and go zero waste. A good way to start is to change the way you do things at home, and the products you use as well.

Tru Earth is a Canadian company with a small team. They started their company with the belief that they were going to help people make better choices and help our planet in the same time. They now serve 40 countries! The company goal that most resonates with me is that they create products that empower people to choose sustainability without compromising convenience. Pretty neat!

Here I’ll share my four favorite products from Tru Earth! I’m happy to have added them to our household in order to achieve more sustainability, to reduce waste, and to help save our planet even by taking small steps.

Laundry

Laundry detergent
I’ve been using Tru Earth laundry strips for a while now; it’s been almost 2 years! I’m pretty happy with them. They’re phospate-free, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, and the packaging is free of plastic. My favorite ones to use are the Baby eco-strips! They smell so good.

Wool dryer balls
Ever since I moved to the US, I’ve been using a dryer machine. We would always buy dryer sheets. Even though I would reuse them after they were in the dryers, I was always worrying about the waste. I’ve been using Tru Earth wool dryer balls lately to get rid of static in our clothes and to leave them softer. I had to get a new pack for when I do more than one load at a time.

Wool dryer balls replace dryer sheets & liquid fabric softeners, which ultimately help you save money. There’s other plastic dryer steamer balls on the market, but wool balls are eco-friendly and they’re a petroleum-free alternative!
TIP: You can add some drops of your favorite essential oil to each ball before each use.

Self care

Reusable makeup remover pads

I’ve been using reusable makeup remover pads for over 3 years. It was time to get a new set, so I went ahead and got the ones from TruEarth. Their bamboo rounds reusable makeup remover pads come with a reusable cotton laundry bag.

They come in a set of 14. You can use them either with water or your favorite makeup remover. I use micellar water since I wear waterproof mascara.

Photo from TruEarth.com

Kitchen

Swedish dishcloths

By using TruEarth Swedish dishcloths you can replace the use of paper towels! It’s kind of crazy to think, but one of them replaces up to 17 rolls of paper towels!

They’re made of cellulose-cotton blend, and they’re 100% biodegradable. They’re super absorbent, and to clean them you can either pop them on the top rack of your dishwasher, or you can put them in your washing machine. Eventually, by purchasing and using this set of 6 Swedish dishcloths and replacing your paper towels, you will save about $180 dollars, and 102 roles of paper towels!

Go to TruEarth and check out their amazing products to make true lasting change that helps save our beautiful planet.

By switching little by little to using eco-friendly products we can help save our planet. These are only 4 ideas. What else have you been doing for our planet?

Michelle | con limón, please

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DIY Guirnalda de San Valentín biodegradable

¡San Valentín es una festividad tan linda! En México le llamamos Día del Amor y la Amistad. Me encantan los corazones, y toda la decoración que viene con esta festividad. Sin embargo, la mayoría de las decoraciones son desechables, e incluso cosas que no puedes ni reutilizar. Quería crear algo ya sea hecho de papel, o de algo sustentable y biodegradable! Vi esta lindísima idea de Valerie García en diciembre. ¡Ella usó cáscara de naranja para hacer etiquetas para regalos! Así que pensé que seguiría su idea, y haría una guirnalda de corazones con cáscaras de naranja deshidratadas.

Vas a necesitar:

  • 4-5 naranjas de ombligo (entre más grandes, mejor)
  • Cortador de galletas o molde para cortar galletas en forma de corazón
  • Cordón de yute o hilo de algodón
  • Parrilla para enfriar galletas y bandeja para hornear

Precalienta el horno a 90°C (200°F). Corta la parte final de las naranjas, y haz una ranura en la cáscara de manera vertical (a lo largo). Pela la naranja cuidadosamente para que la cáscara quede lo más completa posible. Así tendrás más material para trabajar.

Después, pon la cáscara de naranja con lo de adentro hacia arriba en una tabla para picar. Usa un molde para galletas con filo para cortar los corazones. Presiona fuerte con la palma de tu mano para que quede un corte parejo. Coloca los corazones en una parrilla para enfriar galletas en una bandeja para hornear, o sólo usa la bandeja para hornear, pero utiliza papel pergamino para el horno.

Pon la bandeja en el horno, y hornea por alrededor de 2h.

Saca del horno. Utiliza una aguja y cuerda de yute o de algodón para unir los corazones y formar una guirnalda tan larga como la necesites. ¡Y listo! ¡Tu guirnalda está lista para hacer que tu hogar se vea más lindo!

NOTAS
*Te recomiendo usar naranjas grandes para que tengas suficiente espacio para usar los cortadores de galletas. Incluso lleva el cortador a la tienda, y cómpralas del tamaño justo
*No tengas la tentación de aumentar la temperatura del horno
*Si no tienes una parrilla para enfriar, no se te olvide usar papel pergamino para hornear para que los corazones no se queden pegados en la bandeja
*¡Ponte creativx con esta idea sustentable! Puedes usar toronjas, naranjas rojas, ¡e incluso limones!

La mejor parte de este DIY es que es completamente sustentable y biodegradable. Además de que ¡hasta las naranjas te quedan para comer! Haz click aquí para que veas lo que hice con las mías. Asimismo, puedes completamente adaptar esta guirnalda para cualquier otra festividad. ¡Inluso puedes hacer adornos para el árbol de navidad o etiquetas para regalos!

¡Feliz Día del Amor y la Amistad!

Michelle | con limón, please

Idea para un snack para celebrar el día de San Valentín: Palomitas de San Valentín

Idea para una cita de San Valentín en casa

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Aquí puedes ver un par de ideas de guirnaldas que he hecho:

How-to: dried orange slices for your winter décor

Winter comes and with it comes orange season! I love the smell of freshly cut slices of orange, but have you smelled them baked? Or have you ever boiled some orange rinds with rosemary or cinnamon? Well, that’s a post for another time. Today we’re baking them! Yep, we dehydrate them in the oven. Dried orange slices can be used for any type of décor around your home. I’d like to share with you my method for drying oranges.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • 5-7 oranges in different sizes
  • Baking sheets
  • Cooling trays

First, preheat your oven at 200F. Place the cooling trays on top of the cookie sheets. Using cooling trays on top of the baking sheets helps keeping the oranges from getting stuck, and it helps them dehydrate evenly. I wanted to take more advantage of the oven time, so I used our air fryer rack as well.

Cut the oranges in slices. Make sure they’re not too thin, maybe 1/5 of an inch would be good. Place the slices on top of the cooling trays. Make sure not to overlap them. Place them in the oven for 4 hours.
Yep, four hours. No, it’s not too long. It’s just the perfect time to get them dehydrated. Sit back and enjoy the smell!

Once your orange slices are ready, you can start decorating your home. Every year I like to replace the garland on our kitchen window. I also use them to make ornaments for our Christmas tree. Biodegradable is the new black! I had to make a whole round of orange ornaments this year since the previous ones were used for two years! They were looking kind of sad this year, to be honest.

Here’s this gallery with visual instructions for the garland:

NOTES:
* Do not try to save time adding more temperature to the oven. Be patient!
* Use a big needle to thread the slices either for a garland or ornaments
* You can add a pop of smell and color to the slices with rosemary, cinnamon, or my star anise!
* Use cotton cord, baker’s twine (I get my baker’s twine at the Dollar Tree), or use any other natural thread, such as jute string, which by the way looks so beautiful



I hope you get festive with this idea!

 Michelle | con limón, please