Friday, September 3

GTT - 10 tips for a Cleaner, Greener Home

I love to share tips with strangers about how to have a more greener, healthier home, especially at the farmers market. I mean, cus if you are there you know that most people do care about their health to begin with. If you are at the mall and start to tell someone about how they can be a bit greener, they'll probably look at you like, "I don't care." I say this cus it's happened to me a few times. I usually get compliments about my moby wrap or the cloth diapers when they are exposed and I love to go on and on about how we love them and most of the time, they were just wanting to pay a compliment and that's it, lol.

So if ya'll wouldn't mind, I'd like to share a few times that we've put into play in our home so that you to can become a greener family:
  1. Keep your A/C at 78. This is a hard one for us especially since we live in south Texas, where it's almost always hot. But it has saved us about an additional $30 each month on our electricity! It went from about $200/mo to about $170/mo. So that's a total of almost $400/year! I love that number.
  2. Decorate a bit greener. We also recently bought some new pieces of furniture and it's all wood from sustainable forests. It's not that hard to find at all. You can either go to the websites it's self or check out your local home improvement store. Alot of them are carrying greener products. For example, home depot should be carrying items made from garbage, distributed and/or made by Terra Cycle!
  3. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle. Oh boy, we can't stress this enough. Although not everything is recyclable, there are companies out there like Terra Cycle who will take those items and turn them into something new! And recycling can be a fun family project. You can go out and buy nice inexpensive "green" containers, label as you wish and then every week or so head on over to the recycling plant, or if you're lucky your city may already have a recycling program. Contact your local chamber for more info.
  4. Rechargeable is the way to go. Let me tell you! We haven't bought batteries in over two years now! Really! Yes, they may be expensive, but well worth the price. Also, when you are looking into getting a new electronic device ask if they give a percent off if you turn in your old one. Because then you'll just be collecting junk for years. And if you shop at your local pharmacy they usually have pretty good deals on them.
  5. Rain Collector. We recently have been looking into a rain collector. We might not get on until we move away from this area up north, where we might be a bit more rain. As it is we don't really water our grass that often. No need for a sprinkler system if you live in a well rained area where you can collect up to 500 gallons a year. When we do go outside to water our dry grass we only do it in the evening when the sun is about to set so that our grass gets the most out the water.
  6. Be Green by Planting Green. This is one of my favorite, but we really don't benefit from it. Most of our windows face north and south, but if yours do more East and West then you should look into planting some green around the windows. Not too close of course
  7. Un-Plug those Plugs. I know this may be a hassle, but get the whole family involved. Before we leave we always see if there's nothing plugged in, we do leave the Internet plugged in, but we make sure the microwave, laptop, and other small appliances are off. Lights too... make sure all the lights are off. Everyone is responsible for their room.
  8. De-clutter. We do this every summer. We find it very relaxing and cleansing. We get rid of anything and everything we don't use. It clears up space and gives back to our community. We donate everything from books to shoes and purses! It's such a great feeling. How does this make your home green? Well, it will lower any gasses that are released from those items and you're recycling!
  9. Switch plastic for glass. Oh, I love my glass jars and containers. We store all of our pasta and snacks in glass containers. We also have a few glass bottles for the baby, well, she's not so baby anymore, lol. We had problems with some pasta bugs a few years and haven't had them back since. We always recommend glass, it's easy to clean and look a whole lot nicer.
  10. Use Steam. We bought a steam mop and it's a great sanitizer and good for the floor, pets and our girlies. We don't have to leave or let the room air out. It's safe, easy, doesn't ruin the floors and it cleans amazingly. I recommend everyone to get one. It was only $3 at a garage sale too! lol Yes, there are lots of expensive ones, but as long as it uses steam you shouldn't have a problem. Do some research and buy one today! We've used it to clean our cabinets as well and our bathroom and dog play area as well as the kid play area.
I hope you enjoyed my tips and if you have any questions feel free to ask and leave a comment or share with your other friends and family the tips. These are easy once you get a hang of them and, like i said, get the whole family involved. And find out who else recycles in your area. We usually don't buy plastic bottles, but during the fall season, our local church uses them for games in the yearly fall festival, so we donate what we have to them. Also, another organization uses plates and cups for a dime toss and we take them a few dishes every year! So get involved and help your family and home become green!

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