“Going green” can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s the little changes you can make in your life to do your part in helping the environment. Did you know that the average home contains up to 25 gallons of toxic chemicals, many of which are in store-bought cleaners? Replacing some products that you commonly use with green alternatives is easier than you think!
For example, do you take reusable grocery bags with you to the store? Think of how many plastic bags they send you home with for your food. Instead, keep a few reusable bags in your car to do your part in going “bagless.” Or how about using cloth napkins at home instead of paper?
Cleaning products are often full of harsh chemicals that aren’t good for your skin or health. The EPA estimates that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air due in part to chemicals found in many household cleaners and air fresheners. Make your cleaning products using eco-friendly ingredients such as baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, tea tree oil and washing powder.
Going green isn’t only about the products that you buy and use, it’s about your home habits. Try opening the blinds and letting in natural sunlight. You can save energy during the day by not keeping lights on when you use the sun’s free light. And as a winter bonus, 10% of energy can be saved on heating when you let sun in during the day. While we’re talking about sunlight, did you know that having your refrigerator in the sunlight will force it to work harder to stay cool? Move it into the shade to save some energy.
If you really want to take going green literally, improve the air quality in your home by growing houseplants. A spider plant in the bathroom will help purify the air. Outdoors, you can protect your local environment by planting plants that are native to your area. If you have a garden, try setting up a rain barrel to water your plants.
What are your favorite ways to go green? We love learning about new green alternatives!
Are your cleaning products worse for your health than the germs they are eliminating? Cleaning chemicals can cause everything from skin irritation to reproductive disorders to cancer, not to mention the toxins that are going down the drain and polluting our water. To celebrate Earth Day this week, we want to help you ditch the chemicals and detoxify your home with these natural alternatives.
J.R. Watkins All-Purpose Cleaner: This spray removes grease and grime from almost all surfaces of your home without using harsh toxins. It’s great for sinks, countertops, floors, walls, appliances and more. The best part of this product is that it is a natural, plant-based, dye-free formula that doesn’t leave streaks behind. Simply spray and wipe clean!
Seventh Generation Dish Liquid: Clean your dishes with the power of plants, complete with scents from essential oils and botanical extracts. You won’t find any dyes or synthetic fragrances in this non-toxic and biodegradable liquid formula that even comes in a 100% recycled plastic bottle. Seventh Generation proves that you don’t need harsh chemicals to cut through grease and dried-on food.
Method Floor Cleaner: The Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner smells so good you’ll want to eat off the floor. And with this no-wax, non-toxic formula, you could if you wanted to! The shower nozzle spray covers your floor in fewer sweeps, and you simply squirt and mop, no need to rinse. Try the ginger yuzu scent, which is a spicy-sweet combination with a little lemongrass and coconut thrown in.
DIY Cleaning Product: Make your own eco-friendly cleaning products using only water, vinegar and lemon juice! Making your own products is great for so many reasons. It’s great on your wallet, there is less packaging waste and they can smell even better than store-bought products. Mix three parts distilled water, one part white vinegar, ½ cup of lemon juice or some drops of lemon essential oil. Add to a spray bottle and shake!
Ecos Liquid Laundry Detergent: If you have sensitive skin, Ecos is the laundry detergent you need to be using. Ecos cleans a full laundry load with only 1.5 ounces and uses magnolia as a natural fabric softener. Certified by the EPA’s Design for the Environment Program, the pH balanced formula is made using sustainable, naturally-derived ingredients.
Ambre Blends Spritzer: Put down the Febreze! Odor-eliminating sprays are packed full of chemicals, and when you spray them in your house the residue lands on everything from your dog’s toys to your baby’s crib. Use our spritzers everywhere from your home to your car to your body. They’re even safe for air travel!