It is true when they say that ‘Healthy habits begin at home’, because we believe that the first step to a green lifestyle and sustainable living should begin at home.
Just by following these simple steps, you will create a more eco-friendly home that will not only benefit the environment, but will also benefit you and your family in more ways than one.
1. Switch to non-toxic products
As much as you can, try using natural products to clean around the house like salt and vinegar. For example, in one of our favourite blog posts we show our readers how they can clean an oven using baking soda and white vinegar, whilst in another blog post we list a number of different scenarios where salt can be used such as washing out stains and cleaning rust.
There exist so many homemade all natural cleaning recipes out there that tackle specific cleaning like baking soda, white vinegar, lemon, isopropyl alcohol and cornstarch, that once you try them out, you won’t want to go back to using all those heavy chemically-based cleaning products.
This is not only because natural cleaning products are safe, but they are also inexpensive and easy-to-use natural alternatives to heavy chemically-based household products found on the market. Depending on the situation, these products can either be used alone or in combination with each other.
Plus, did we mention that many of these natural products, such as vinegar, can be used as disinfectants?
2. Use Cold Water for Laundry
We hear this constantly and yet we rarely do this. When it comes to washing clothes, we must as much as possible try to avoid using hot water. Three quarters of the energy used to wash a load is due to heating the water. Therefore, using cold water will practically cut down on 75% of energy.
3. Hang dry when possible
In other words, avoid using the dryer. This goes hand in hand with the previous point mentioned. Drying clothes on the line instead of using the dryer will not only save a tonne of energy, but it will also save you money. Plus, did you know that it also preserves the quality of your clothes? This is because heat from the dryer breaks down the dyes and causes some clothes to shrink.
4. Use Extensions
We have so many appliances around the house that it becomes difficult to physically switch them off one by one from the sockets, however, attaching these everyday appliances to a small extension will make it easier to disable all devices from one switch.
5. Make Your Own Compost
This is a very good practice that we should all start doing at home, as it is a practice that reaps a lot of benefits. Composting not only helps reduce the overall waste discarded, but also serves to return nutrients back to the soil. By making your own compost at home, you will also be saving money. It is easy, inexpensive, and above all – beneficial to the environment!
Don’t know where to start? Read our step-by-step guide that shows you how to make your own compost at home.
6. Use reusable bags
This not only applies for shopping at supermarkets, but for every kind of shopping. For example, if you’re going to the bookstore or buying a gift, why not be prepared instead of asking for a small plastic bag every time you purchase something? Nowadays you can easily buy foldable bags at very cheap prices that can be reduced to the size of a small pocket or wallet. You can get these bags both locally or online.
So stop overfilling your cupboards with plastic bags and stack up on reusable bags instead! They are light and easy to carry around and some foldable bags are so compact, they can fit even in the smallest of handbags. Plus, they also come in really cute and colourful designs – so you really have no excuse!
7. Repurpose cleaning tools
Sometimes cleaning corners and crevices is difficult with traditional cleaning tools like brooms and mops, however, there are other items around the house that can be used for certain cleaning purposes instead of being thrown away after they are worn out.
A very good example of this is toothbrushes. Toothbrushes get replaced often, and the majority of people buy new ones and throw the old ones away after they have made use of them, not realising that they can serve as highly convenient tools in cleaning around the home.Toothbrushes, for instance, are great for grout cleaning and for cleaning areas that are very difficult to reach.
Other useful items are old kitchen sponges. These can be used to clean less sanitary areas around the house such as the floor, bath, etc. You can also use them to scrub off dirt from deck chairs. These can be used for practically anything you can think of, cleaning car tyres, cleaning garage shelves, etc.
So next time you’re about to throw away some products, ask yourself this question: “Can I use this for something else?” Not only will you be saving a lot of money, but you will also be significantly reducing waste!