We all know how precious this planet is and, if we want to do something good for our children and for our children’s children, then we only need to think a little about how we use the resources that we have. But we also know how busy life can get and no one wants to add complication to their lives. So, with that in mind, we put together a list our of three easy things (plus a bonus one) you can do to be eco-friendly and keep your home safe for your little ones.
Cleaning: opt for effective and inexpensive baking soda and vinegar. The combination is amazingly effective at cleaning everything from kitchen appliances and counter tops to your bath tub and shower. Make a paste of baking soda and water will get your silver sparkling again. Add baking soda to your washing machine as a laundry booster. It works well as a deodorizer, too. So, go ahead and sprinkle some in those stinky gym shoes, garbage can, or Kitty’s litter box! Check out this page for some amazing things that baking soda can do. Follow the links to learn more about the cleaning power of vinegar. They’re truly amazing, multipurpose cleaners.
- Shopping: Choosing to use re-useable cloth bags when carting home your shopping is an easy and effective way that we can all help to keep unwanted plastics out of our landfills and use fewer paper products. Another bonus? Cloth shopping bags tend to be sturdier than their plastic or paper counter-parts, meaning you’re less likely to end up with a broken bag and spilled contents all over the place. With so many choices of reusable shopping bags on the market, you’re sure to find ones that work well for whatever you’re toting home. Keep a stash of them in your car for your grocery days, or keep one or two of the kind that tuck up into themselves in your bag or purse so you never forget them. Just be sure to run them through the wash every now and again to wash out any bacteria and keep them both clean and green!
Water use: We all have to do it, don’t we? The never-ending laundry and dishes need to be cleaned. What’s super easy and effective at cutting your household use of water? Simply waiting until your laundry or dishes loads are large enough to fill the washer before running the wash. This not only will cut down your overall water consumption, but it will also make your lives a little easier by giving you fewer wash loads to load, run and unload. Of course, we also know that simply turning the taps off when we’re doing things like brushing our teeth or taking shorter showers are also easy and effective ways of reducing our water use.
- Bonus tip: Stop your idling car. If you’re going to be in place for more than a minute or so, simply turn your car off. This saves gas and lowers your car’s emissions. It’s easy and effective. And it will save you money. What’s not to love?
How about you? Do you have any tips you’d like to share?