Cleaning Soap

Time to knock out some plastic containers! (Use less of the contents anyways, vinegar). I bought this amazing product at the Farmer’s Market this morning. It’s a great cleaner and contains essential oils to “combat germs, viruses and bacteria.”. No Chemicals, dyes or phosphates. I’m told it works for everything but needs to be diluted as it is very concentrated! Counters, bathroom, dishes, laundry, floors and even carpets!

I already started to test it around the around the house:
Countertops and cupboards. √
Mirrors and windows √
Dishes √

I am so impressed how well it cleans mirrors!! Our bedroom dresser mirror has always had a film on it. Full of streaks and glare. Even vinegar did not clean it (or windex when I used that stuff).

This jug, at the time, is $14.00. The empty container can be returned with a $1.00 discount (cap returned too) and it will get reused, not recycled or trashed!

The water becomes cloudy once the solution is added. It does not bubble up like regular dish soap. The bubbles are just an added feature.

I will post more about this experience in the future!

The Farmer’s Wife 

My Improved Grocery Trip

The past 4 weeks have been very pleasing to me! I have found ways to avoid plastic packaging and stick to no bags, recyclable, box board or my own recyclable/cloth bags. I shop at my local Bulk Barn and Grocery store, Sobey’s. Occasionally Wal-Mart and Summerside Butcher Shop.  I would like to expand to our local Farmers Market!

Here is how I am doing now.

Produce with no plastic
Carrots, beans, tomatoes, lettuce and apples
Berries and fruit
The kids and I love berries! plastic containers, but at least they are recyclable! We do have a blueberry bush and a Mulberry tree. Someday I want a big patch of berries, different varieties. Maybe an apple orchard too! Depending on what everybody eats. There are 7 of us! ☺

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cucumer (not wrapped in plastic) and a single red onion, no mesh wrapping for a bunch of them!
Bulk Barn take in
Almonds, pistachios, cashews, choc. Covered almonds, some candy treats for kids, gummy worms, garlic powder, chocolate chips, rice, summer savory, recently bought ground coffee.
Some items need packaging improvement
Sometimes we are just stuck with plastic.

Popcorn (switching back to our popcorn maker and seeds, last boxed stuff), pads (looking for a change) kraft dinner (don’t eat much of this)
Meat and hotdogs
















Bacon and sandwich meats
Recyclable packaging
Clothes hangers, the recycle label is there, small, but there! Check them over if you are tossing!
Canola oil, vinegar, cooking oil, popcorn seeds, and curry sauce
Milk and chip dip
Yogurt drinks






















All I did to start, was to choose a recyclable container or boxboard over waste plastic. Next was to purchase them singly or with my own containers or light cloth bags. This means to switch brands sometimes or look for a larger quanity of that item. For example, Cashmere toilet paper. The small packages (12) are packaged in waste plastic but larger quanities (24+) are packaged in recyclable plastic!) Reuse containers and mason jars!

Managing Our Waste

I have been trying my best to recycle and properly dispose garbage items properly for quite some time now. We are a large family of 7. I would say we go through a lot of household/family products.

Just this year, Waste Watch Management released an article about garbage disposal and recycling, how well our island is doing and how we can still do better. I like hearing how we can do better, as there is always room for improvement.

So I turned up the heat for my household. I make sure I rinse my recyclables well, actually scrape out and wash food jars (peanut butter). From reading the article that I mentioned earlier, food left in containers will contaminate the whole load of recyclables during processing. All that work gone to the landfill. I remove all covers and even the plastic ring found under the cover that usually stays behind. I check everything before I put it in the waste bin for a recyclable symbol. Furthermore, I am paying attention to the items I buy. If the product is in plastic I try to find the same item in recyclable packaging or even boxboard/cardboard/paper. For produce, I don’t use the little thin bags anymore. Bringing recyclable bags for shopping, or just carry the item(s) after purchasing helps put a stop to plastic bags (even though most are recyclable, it helps to not have to add them to the pile).

This day in our area was waste and blue bag pickup. Our waste bin was 3/4 full. Pretty good I think. That was approximately 1 bag a day (that was my aim). We also have 1 child in diapers. I sent out 3 bags of recyclables and 1 bag of paper. I think we can still do better! The main reason the garbage can gets empty is because of odors. So, by rincing out packages (meat) there is nothing to get smelly. That is my goal for the week. Make sure the garbage bag is very full before getting taken out to the waste bin.

I am just going along the best I can and doing what I think is right. If we can improve our garbage disposal it will make a big difference.


Update, August 15th, 2018

Waste bin collection day: 4 garbage bags instead of 14ish, 2 diaper bags, 2 blue bags, cardboard and a small bag of paper. I cancelled our flyers today as well, less paper to toss out! Most flyers are availabe online anyways, and I really only look at two or three.

Update, October 24th, 2018

Waste bin collection day: 3 garbage bags. 2 blue bags. 1 paper bag 2 months worth. Cardboard.

Update, February 1, 2019

Waste cart has not been picked up since Dec 19, 2018. Will probably go out Feb 13th. That will total 8 weeks to fill the waste cart.