Once upon a time, the misguided inhabitants of planet Earth thought it was a good idea to clean up their messes by spraying toxic chemicals on them. Hmm. Let’s rethink that, shall we? Fortunately, there are much better ways to keep your home clean that don’t involve risking your own health or the health of the environment. One way you can make your home more eco-friendly is by “greening” your cleaning routine. Take a look at the cleaning products you have on hand. Chances are, you’ll have a hard time finding a list of ingredients like those required on food labels. Manufacturers of cleaning products don’t have to tell you what chemicals you’re spraying all over your house. You might also find some pretty ominous warnings to avoid contact with the stuff, but don’t worry…you can usually find the phone number for the poison control center on the label in big, bold print. Ok, ‘nuff said. Let’s look at some natural, healthy, non-toxic cleaning solutions that will help you keep your home clean without destroying the planet or your health in the process.
Are you confused about CFL’s and LED’s? Don’t know a kilowatt from a Kelvin? When did buying a simple light bulb become such a complicated ordeal, anyway? Once you know the basics, it’s really not so confusing. After reading this article, you’ll have a basic understanding of your different lighting options, and what makes one light bulb more eco-friendly than another. The next time you replace your bulbs, you’ll be able to make a wiser choice – one that will save you some money and help the environment at the same time. In order to sort this all out, you first need to know why your traditional (incandescent) light bulbs are not the best choice for you or for the environment.
What do you do with your old stuff? Assuming you don’t want to be featured on the next Dr. Phil or Oprah show as the latest “hopeless hoarder in need of help,” you’ll find yourself needing to de-stuff-ify your life from time to time. The most eco-friendly solution is always to reuse or “repurpose” things whenever possible. But, when that’s not an option, recycling is always better than adding your stuff to the giant heap of trash at the local landfill. It’s typically pretty easy to recycle stuff like paper, plastic, and glass. Here are some other household items you may find yourself wanting to get rid of, and you may not have known you can recycle them: