This week celebrates Mother Earth with Wednesday being the actual celebration of Earth Day. All week I’ll be posting about the Environment.

Today, is confession day. I think I do a lot for the environment. I recycled before it was fashionable. Hey I’m old enough to remember “paper drives”. There was a time people bundled their newspaper and kids collected it like bottle drives of today. That’s how we raised money for our youth group. Now newspaper is simply one of those things we recycle without thought.

I used to have to sort my recyclables and take them to a drop-off station and put diferent numbered plastics, paper, cardboard, and glass in containers to be hauled to a recycling center. Now I’m spoiled and can mix it all in blue bags which gets taken with the regular trash and sorted at the transfer station. (I need to do a little preening here … with a family of four we generate only two bags of trash per week and two bags of recyclables … I think that deserves a pat on the back.)

When I was healthy I used to ride my bike, take a backpack and stop at the post office, bank and grocery store to do the quick errands. I can’t do that anymore, but I used to. 

So what exactly do I have to confess? *deep breath and hangs head in shame*. My cleaners. They’re bad and I know it. Now don’t misunderstand … I’m not a germaphobe. I believe in natural fauna on the skin and all that, but I like clean clothes and my bathroom free of soap scum.

I know there are cleaners out there that are more natural and don’t send nasty chemicals through my pipes to the water treatment plant. But I can’t help myself. I’ve tried some of them and they just didn’t make my whites white and the scum in my shower go away.

Yes, I even use bleach. (Now don’t all gasp at once.)

I said it. I do. Not every time I do a white wash, but about once a month. And when I do it, I use hot water and make the furnace run … oh, I know I shouldn’t, but I can’t help myself. The caustic stuff I use in the shower is even worse. But vinegar and baking soda just don’t seem to cut it. Okay, well, now that I’ve said that, I have to admit I haven’t tried it. Guess that’s next. See how it actually works. I’m hoping since I’ve said it out loud I can begin working other, more earth-friendly cleaners into my cupboards.

I won’t let hubby fertilize the lawn or use weed killer because that stuff runs off into the water table when it rains. Yet, I haven’t given up my one addiction. I was kinda hoping the other stuff I did would make up for it? It doesn’t, I know, but it’s kinda how I lived with myself.

I’m curious how you take care of the environment and if you also have that one guilty thing that you know is bad for the earth, but haven’t been able to give up.

Come on, confess … it’s good for the soul.

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