I am always trying to find little, easy ways to do more to help reduce our family's environmental footprint. More often than not, ease wins over environmentally responsible, but I think we're getting there.
A little over a year ago I made the switch to an environmentally friendly, home made all purpose surface cleaner. In a clean spray bottle: Mix one tablespoon of borax with two tablespoons of white vinegar. Then add sixteen ounces of hot water and shake to mix. Next add 1/4 cup of a liquid soap like Dr. Bronner's (I like peppermint) and voila! You're done! It's super cheap, it smells good, it's works great and it's good for the earth.
Another thing I've recently started is what some people call "family cloth" but what that means is using cloth toilet paper. You are probably thinking what I was the first time I ever heard of this, and that is "ew! gross! NO WAY!" But honestly, for me, it's not that gross. In fact, it's about a million times less gross than, say, wiping a messy stinky poop off of my baby's butt, and I do that several times a day. So, cloth toilet paper. Here's the idea. You can just cut up a few old t-shirts in to squares. Store them all near the toilet. When you go you just pat dry and throw the cloth in a pail. Much like you would do when using cloth diapers. Then you wash the cloths with the diapers. It's simple. Really, really simple. You can use them for only #1 if you're concerned about the grossness of washing cloth that has wiped a #2. Still you're saving tons of trees from the landfill and tons of money from buying the toilet paper. Even Iris is in to them! I was concerned because she loves the whole process of wiping and flushing and all of that. Anyways, she's diggin' it.