With all the humans in the world it would be a calamity if they were all dumping powerful chemicals into the environment in an attempt to keep things clean. The good news is that the things you need to keep your home clean and green are available from manufacturers like Biokleen, Seventh Generation and Method and these are available everywhere.
Another way to keep green and clean is by putting together your very own natural cleaning agents — your own brand of Green-liness. (Couldn’t Help It)
To make your own natural cleansers you will need to assemble some supplies— most are available in the supermarket.
-Distilled White Vinegars
-Borax (A Box near the Detergents in the Cleansers aisle)
-Essential Oils — a small vial of highly concentrated plant essences for cleaning look for Peppermint, Tea Tree or Lemon essential oils. Sometimes found in the cosmetics section.
Here are some terrific cleaning potions along with the various things that must be cleaned.
1 quart of purified water with a ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar . apply with a spray bottle and wipe with newspaper or lint-free cloths.
1 Gallon of hot water and four cups of vinegar makes a great floor cleanser; you can even throw in a dash of salt to purify the energies). This is perfected with a 2 or three drops of lemon or peppermint essential oils. Once the floors have been mopped the vinegar will vanish and the scent of the oils will permeate the house. Many often find that the constituents of this sort of cleaner can be used in everything from steam mops to carpet washers – check out floor steamer reviews before purchase to see if it’s possible to use a recipe like this.
Bathroom Tiles, Kitchen Units and Countertops
Mix two parts vinegar with 1 part baking soda for a cleanser tough on grimey bathroom grout and sticky kitchen grease, use a scouring pad to gently remove all dirt, wipe away with water. This is ideal for bathroom and kitchen tiles, kitchen units and also countertops.
Combine equal parts Lemon Juice and Olive oil apply a small amount to a cloth and apply to the furniture’s surface in long strokes. This is perfect for both softwood and hardwood furnitures.
Toilet Bowl Cleanser
Pour a generous amount of baking soda on the brush and scrub the bowl clean. This can be done with borax for extra disinfecting power. Then wipe the outside down with straight distilled vinegar, use gloves as this can irritate sensitive skin.
Molds and Mildews
Straight Vinegar until the last vestiges are gone and wipe away with clean water.
Essential oils have a pungent quality to them that makes them aromatic for lengthy times and distances. They are irritants so they need to be kept away from the reach of children. One nice idea is to add a drop of clove essential oil and a couple drops of cinnamon oils onto a cotton ball and drop it into an ornamental vase or some spot where it can keep the room fragrant.
This can also be done in the bedroom or car; lavender will help you sleep better and peppermint can keep you awake and focused so match the oils wisely.
More Clean and Green Habits:
1—Allow your laundry to spin and dry on the line, using the dryer is not just rougher on your clothes but is also a strain on the environment and should only be used when time is of the essence. Arrange your entire practice of laundry washing around being more green, laundry lines in the backyard will provide plenty of space.
But if space is an issue, there are retractable options that can allow you make the most of your space. You will not only lower your energy bill, increase the life of your clothes and do the GREEN thing but you can also get some time out in the sunshine bending and stretching
2— Nature has these terrific little air filters that actually do increase the quality of the home’s air around us —they’re called plants. Some of the most effective options include spider plants, peace lilies, English Ivy and rubber plants.
For the average 1,800 sq.ft. home you will need about 15 to 18 good sized plants. If this is a lot just put some in the rooms that have the most humans.
3 —Your Wardrobe can be decluttered and all that stuff that isn’t seeing much use can be donated and see a second life. Old worn clothes that can’t be used can be transformed into cleaning cloths and save on paper towels.
Make the atmosphere cleaner and protect from moths with an old mismatched sock filled with bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and cloves and tie a knot in the end. The spicy smell is a huge improvement from the miasma that emanates from mothballs and the clothes they permeate.
4— Paint the Walls GREEN! Not necessarily this color but if you plan to change the hues consider the VOC content of the paint you choose to use. Volatile Organic Compounds are present in many paints and can cause toxic vapors that can adversely affect the health of the inhabitants.
You will see that many manufacturers have begun to sell paints that have less VOCs, nevertheless you should read for all the components of the paint you choose— VOCs are not the only harmful components.
Want to Connect With Nature? Start by Disconnecting From Busyness
Have you ever found yourself staring at one of your (many) devices and feeling slightly disgusted with how much time you waste on technology? If so, you aren’t alone. We all have moments like these and it’s important that we use them as motivation to change – especially if we want to be more connected with nature.
How Busyness Impacts Your Connection With Nature
Whether you realize it or not, you live an ultra connected life. Between smart phones, tablets, computers, and wearable devices, you’re never very far from some sort of technology that can connect you to the internet or put you in touch with other people. That’s just the world we live in.
While it could be argued that this sort of omnipresent connectivity is a positive thing, it’s also pretty clear that being permanently tethered to technology impacts our ability to strip away distractions and connect with nature.
When you’re always within arm’s reach of a device, you feel a sense of busyness. Whether it’s browsing your social media feed, uploading a picture, reading the news, or responding to an email, there’s always something to do. As someone who wants to spend more time in nature, this is problematic.
4 Practical Ways to Disconnect
If you want to truly connect with nature and live a greener lifestyle, you have to be proactive about finding ways to disconnect. Here are a few practical suggestions:
1. Switch to a New Phone Plan
It’s not always practical to totally unplug from the world. Family and work responsibilities mean you can’t go off the grid and continue to fulfill your responsibilities. Having said that, there are some ways to scale back.
One suggestion is to switch to a prepaid phone plan. When you have a prepaid phone plan, you’re far less likely to spend hours and hours of your time making phone calls, sending texts, and surfing the web. It forces you to be more conscious of what you’re doing.
2. Get Rid of Social Media
Social media is one of the biggest time wasters for most people. Whether you realize it or not, it’s also a huge stressor. You’re constantly being exposed to the best snapshots of everyone else’s lives, which makes you feel like you’re missing out on something (even when you aren’t).
If you want to feel a sense of relief and free yourself up to spend more time in nature, get rid of social media. Don’t just delete the apps off your phone – actually disable your accounts. It’s a bold, yet necessary step.
3. Create Quiet Hours
If you aren’t able to get rid of social media and disable various online accounts, the next best thing you can do is establish quiet hours each day where you totally detach from technology. You should do this for a minimum of three hours per day for best results.
4. Build Community
Do you know why we’re drawn to social media and our devices? Whether consciously or subconsciously, it’s because we all want to be connected to other people. But do you know what’s better than connecting with people online? Connecting with them in person.
As you build real life, person-to-person relationships, you’ll feel less of a need to constantly have your eyes glued to a screen. Connect with other people who have an appreciation for nature and bond over your mutual interests.
Untether Your Life
If you find yourself constantly connected to a device, then this is probably a clear indicator that you aren’t living your best life. You certainly aren’t enjoying any sort of meaningful connection with nature. Now’s as good a time as any to untether your life and explore what a world free from cords, screens, and batteries is really like.
6 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Move
Moving can be a stressful and challenging time. No matter how many times you’ve done it in the past, the process of packing up, transporting, and unpacking isn’t very fun. It’s also not very eco-friendly. As you prepare for your next move, there are things you can do to ensure you leave less of a footprint behind.
6 Tips for a Greener Move
Because of the stress and pressure felt when moving, it’s pretty common for people to rush through the process and focus on getting it done. In fact, a lot of people take an “at all costs” approach; they’ll do whatever it takes to make the process as cheap and fast as possible. Don’t be one of those people. It doesn’t take much effort to turn a standard move into an eco-friendly move.
1. Maximize Each Trip
When moving across town, it’s imperative that you make as few trips as possible. Each trip requires more gas, more emissions, and more waste, and more time.
If you’re taking your personal vehicle, consider pulling a trailer behind it. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can fit into a small trailer. Not only will it make your move greener, but it’ll also save you a lot of time.
2. Donate Things You Don’t Want to Keep
The longer you live somewhere, the more junk you accumulate. This isn’t always obvious until you start packing for a big move. Instead of bringing all of these things with you to your next home, get rid of the stuff you don’t need! If the items are useful, donate them. If the items don’t have much value, toss them.
3. Reuse Moving Boxes
Not only are moving boxes expensive, but they’re also wasteful. If you need a bunch of cardboard boxes, consider looking around on Craigslist, asking friends, or checking the dumpsters behind stores. You can usually find a bunch of recycled boxes of all different shapes and sizes. Here are 12 places you can get them for free.
4. Get Creative With Packing
Who says you need moving boxes? You may find that it’s possible to do most of your move without all that cardboard. Things like storage containers, trashcans, filing cabinets, buckets, and dressers can all store items. Blankets and sheets can be used in lieu of bubble wrap to prevent your items from getting damaged.
5. Use Green Cleaning Supplies
Once you arrive at your new place, resist the urge to pull out a bunch of harsh chemicals to clean the place. You can do yourself (and the planet) a favor by using green cleaning supplies instead. Ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and ammonia are great to start with.
6. Forward Your Mail ASAP
Don’t delay in forwarding your mail from your previous address to your new one. Not only is it wasteful for the Postal Service to route your mail to a place where you don’t live, but the next owner is probably just going to toss your letters in the trash.
Moving Doesn’t Have to be Wasteful
Most people only move once every few years. Some people will go a decade or more without a move. As a result, the process of moving often feels strange and new. The less experience you have with it, the less likely it is that you’ll be as efficient as you should. But instead of just diving into the process blind, take some time to learn about what an eco-friendly move looks like. That way, you can leave behind the smallest footprint possible.
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