Earlier this year when the world was celebrating Earth Day, I spoke to my oldest child about the importance of “Going Green”. We went on the computer and visited a couple children sites that had special programs on how to help the environment.*
We walked around our home and discussed things that we could do as a family, in order to keep the environment healthy and clean. Both my son and I learned new information that day.
TwitterMoms in conjunction with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Products have teamed up to have moms like myself post Ten Tips For A Cleaner, Greener Home.
Here are the Ten Tips that we are either currently using in our home or are striving to implement to make our home Cleaner and Greener.
1. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle. Anything that can be recycled, is recycled in our home. Recently card board was added to our City’s recycle list, so we have reduced our carbon foot print even further. Check with your Waste Management Company to see which items are eligible in your area.
2. Cleaning with vinegar and other green alternatives. I use Vinegar to clean my coffee maker and pot. It really does work. You can also use it to clean counter tops and other surfaces. Looking for other alternative green products to clean with? Check out Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Products for other options.
3. Use a High Efficiency Washer. It uses less water, which saves you money and helps conserve. Plus, my clothes have never been cleaner and seem to last longer.
4. Dilute those detergents. We cut our detergents in half with one part water and one part detergent when washing clothes. The product is so concentrated, our repair man actually recommended this, because the detergent was clogging up our machine. It saves money and lessens the effect on the environment.
5. Dusting with a duster instead of a Chemical Spray. Pretty self explanatory. You may have to dust more often, but it is worth the effort not to contaminate the air. And anyway, the kiddos can help you with that.
6. Use Natural Lighting. If it is daytime, the blinds are open in our home and the lights are off. Plus, we make sure to turn off TV’s and other appliances when we are not in the room. This will reduce energy consumption and your electric bill.
7. Use a fabric cloth to clean, instead of paper towels. If I need to clean a bathroom, I use a towel to wipe down the counter tops and the mirrors instead of using a paper towel. Saves money through less consumption and helps decrease the waste.
8. Earth boxes for Gardening. Ever heard of Earth Boxes? They are a great way to produce veggies without using a lot of space or water. Click here to learn more about EarthBoxes: Click Here
9. Try to compost. Our left over coffee grinds and coffee go right into the yard. It is great for the soil and deters certain pests naturally.
10. Air dry your bathroom. Leave showers pulled back and bath tubs open to reduce mold growth. This will reduce the need to use harsh chemicals to remove dark stains.
For an alternative to harsh chemical cleaning products check out Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Products
How do you make your home a Cleaner and Greener environment? Please leave your tips in the comments section.
I hope you have found this post informative, and can hopefully use some of these ideas in your own home.
At Home Moma
* Children’s Websites Related to Going Green:
“I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Mrs. Meyer’s blogging program, making me eligible to get a $30 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”