Even though we view our home as a safe and comforting space, it can be filled with chemicals that make us sick, raise our blood pressure, lead to stress and anxiety, and set off allergies. Whether you want to maintain a self-sustaining lifestyle or just want to make your house a little more eco-friendly, here are four natural solutions to make your home cleaner and greener.
1. Ditch the chemical cleaning products
Some people tend to forego natural cleaning products because they’re thought of as more expensive or not as good as chemical cleaners, but there are actually many benefits to using natural cleaners. They don’t contain harmful chemicals and fragrances that are in the traditional store-bought solutions and they’re safe to use around children and pets. Make your own natural, all-purpose cleaner by combining a cup of white vinegar, a tablespoon of baking soda, a cup of water, and a few drops of essential lemon oil. Pour the solution into a glass spray bottle and you’re ready to go!
Here are some cool DIY cleaning products you can try at home:
2. Reduce plastic use
We probably don’t think about how much plastic we use in our homes, but it’s quite literally in almost every room, from the kitchen to the bathroom. Here are a few ways to reduce plastic use, room by room:
In the kitchen
In the bathroom
Around the home
3. Upgrade to energy efficient appliances
Another way to make your home greener is to replace your old, traditional appliances with more energy efficient ones such as: Kent Micathermic Panel heater or the Mitsubishi Classic GE Heat Pump. These alternatives—particularly ones with an ENERGY STAR certification—can help save you hundreds of dollars on your utility bill each year. Check your home warranty to see if you qualify for a free replacement before going out and buying a new appliance. Once you have your new appliance installed, be sure to donate your old items instead of throwing them away to prevent e-waste from building up in dumps. If you want to make a smaller change, swap out your incandescent light bulbs for LEDs.
4. Start a compost pile
Don’t let your food scraps go to waste; mix together used coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, egg shells, dead leaves, grass clippings, and water to create a compost pile in your backyard. Once the matter at the bottom turns dark brown, it’s ready to use. You can use it as a natural fertilizer and pest deterrent for your plants. You could also make your own worm farm OR pick up a Hungry Bin Worm Farm.
Written by Kay Carter.
Plastic waste is a real problem. But don't worry, we've got you covered (obviously, not in plastic).