it’s easy to have a clean home—and a clean conscience
Looking for simple ways to go green at home?
Climate change, water and soil pollution, increased carbon footprints… these are all scary things that our population is facing.
As sustaining an eco-friendly home continues to become more popular, you may be inspired to implement practices to go green at home. A sustainable home provides many health and environmental benefits. Plus, you’ll feel good about doing your part to better the planet.
Going green may seem like a difficult or expensive challenge. The good news is that there’s no right or wrong way to get started. Whatever feels right and works for you, your family, and your home is the way to go. So, we’ve got four simple tips that you can incorporate into your green practices starting today.
4 simple ways to go green at home
1. go green with natural detergents
Harsh chemicals found in many conventional detergents can harm the environment. When detergent residue in the water supply finds its way into lakes, rivers, and other bodies of waters, it can have devastating effects on plants and wildlife. Detergents with harsh chemicals can also trigger allergic skin reactions for some family members.
Next time you purchase detergent, opt for a natural and biodegradable detergent. You may even find a multi-purpose detergent that can be used to clean both clothes and dishes.
2. make your own green, natural cleaners
If the price of eco-friendly cleaners has held you back from living in a greener home, fret not. You can easily make your own natural cleaners with ingredients you already have.
Some common natural cleaners you can find right in your pantry include the following:
Baking soda works best on proteins, grease, and pet messes. Plus, it’s also a natural deodorizer.
Distilled white vinegar is mildly acidic and it’s great for getting rid of tough stains and cutting through soap scum. You can combine it with baking soda to clear some clogs and get through tough stains. (Note: combining vinegar with baking soda will create a fizzing/bubbling effect, so only a little is needed.)
Essential oils can be used to enhance the smell of your homemade cleaning products as well as provide other natural benefits. A couple drops of your favorite essential oil will do the trick.
3. go green by conserving water use
If saving water is part of your plan to have a greener home, start by washing fewer loads of laundry and dishes. Instead of doing smaller loads every day, wait until your dishwasher or washing machine will be full. You’ll use less water on a daily basis and, after a while, you’ll notice a dip in your energy bill.
4. switch to more sustainable, rechargeable batteries
Batteries aren’t something that you probably first think about when brainstorming ways to go green at home. But you’d be wise to use regular batteries sparingly. Batteries are filled with toxic metals that are a hazard to the environment. Instead, switch to using rechargeable batteries. Once your rechargeable batteries’ lifespan is done, make sure you dispose of them responsibly.
having a green, sustainable home is easier than you think!
The myth that having an eco-friendly home is time-consuming and expensive is simply just a myth. You can start with one simple practice above or implement all four. Either way, you’ll be one step closer to maintaining a more sustainable and greener home, as well as helping maintain a cleaner Earth.
Alkemi Clean can help maintain your green home or office with regular cleanings.