Going Green At Home
Going green at home is often one of the first steps to a sustainable lifestyle. It's where we eat and sleep, where we connect to our loved ones or center ourselves. It's only natural that it be the first thing to which we turn our attentions. We've already looked at ways to reduce waste and ways to conserve resources in the home. In this section, I mostly want to focus on non-toxic living in general. (We'll get into the room-by-room strategies next.) With the damage caused by chemicals, it's important to rethink the way in which we care for our home. (Cleaning or managing pests shouldn't increase our risk of disease!)
However, much of what we do to live green isn't something that fits on a list of ideas. In our every choice, we attempt to decrease our footprint by turning off the faucet a few seconds faster or choosing not to use a light whenever possible. We may buy the smaller laptop to save resources, make sacrifices that aren't necessary to our lives, or find ways to enjoy and entertain ourselves in new, sustainable, and hopefully more meaningful ways.
All of these daily choices may seem overwhelming if you're trying to implement all right now, but with time and patience they work together to simplify our lives...and yeah, create that life that we actually want to sustain.
It Starts with Simplifying Your Life
Simplifying our lives goes a long way in going green at home. Looking back to simpler times for inspiration (while still using clean, innovative technologies) can help guide us in environmentally-responsible actions. Here are a few principles behind simple living:
- Minimize: Use less, conserve more. What can you use less of? Makeup, toilet paper, printer paper, etc just to name a few.
- Maximize: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. (Cuz we all love things that rhyme.) Basically, get the most out of your clothing, food, personal energy, resources, etc.
- Prioritize: Make time for what matters. Eliminate things that don't. Don't waste time, money, energy, or resources on the wrong things. Do you know what matters most to you?
Keeping in mind these principles of simple living will keep you on track as you poke through the articles below for inspiration and begin going green at home.
Ready for the good stuff?
Air Purifying Houseplants
Why invest in expensive electrical air purifiers when you could purchase a few types of houseplants to clean and filter your air naturally and inexpensively? Quick tip: One 10-inch plant from this list is needed for every 100 sq ft of home space. Or more if you want to Tarzan it up.
Natural Household Cleaners
You can't talk about going green at home without talking about non-toxic, all-natural alternatives to chemical cleaners. It's so ridiculously easy and cheap to make your own natural cleaners (yes, that actually work) I'm actually amazed that anyone shells out so much for anything else!
All About Soap Nuts
What? You haven't heard of a soap nut? I'll refrain from the dirty jokes by saying they're perhaps the most sustainable cleaning product on the market with numerous benefits (such as being 100% natural, unprocessed, and very affordable) with countless uses and one of the most unique tips for going green at home.
Read More: The Benefits and Uses of Soap Nuts
Spring Cleaning Tips
The sun is shining, the breeze is cool, and you're gearing up for perhaps the only time you actually enjoy cleaning the house. Let's just forget the disposable supplies and toxic cleaning supplies, okay? Cleaning AND making yourself sick is like a double-insult.
Read More: Spring Cleaning Tips for a Non-Toxic Home
Neutralizing Odors Naturally
You don't need harmful chemicals (starts with a "fuh", ends with a breeze) to eliminate odors in or around your home. You just need a few tips on removing odors naturally and safely. No, really it's possible. And probably a lot more hygienic than those commercials.
Read More: Removing Odors Naturally (without "Febreze")
There are many natural, more sustainable options to controlling household pests than dangerous chemical pesticides. Through prevention and the use of organic pesticides almost all home pest issues can be avoided, and it becomes truly rare to need to resort to cancer-causing compounds. (Say that 5x fast.)
Read More: The Most Effective Organic Pesticides
Getting Rid of Flies and Fruit Flies
I don't know if there's a pest more annoying than a fly, but I do know they deserve an article of their own. This one covers ways to prevent them and ways to deal with them when they do get in. (Fruit flies in the compost, anyone?)Read More: How to Get Rid of Flies and Fruit Flies
More Articles on Their Way
Which articles on going green at home would you like to see next?
- Eco-Friendly Tools for Cleaning
- Essential Oils for Cleaning
- Or something else entirely?
Let me know what you'd like to see next in the comments below!