Turn Your Home Sweet Home Into a Home Green Home
Having a greener home is an amazing way to benefit the Earth at the family level, it can help save you money and let’s not forget about the health benefits you experience by making a few simple changes. Now there isn’t any question that by replacing you windows, upgrading your furnace and beefing up your insulation you are going to save money. Heck I’m not even talking about solar, wind or a geo-thermal heat system, all of which are great ways to green up your home but let’s be honest. Those measures cost big bucks and I can’t speak for you but I’m just a little fish with limited cash flow.
There are ways to do your part to that won’t set your bank account into a tailspin. Start with shutting off lights, and limiting the ones you turn on, you don’t need to light up the rooms you aren’t in. Same goes for the TV. In the winter try a sweater and ease up on cranking the heat. In the summer, turn the AC down a few degrees, you’ll still be as cool as ever and you will conserve electricity.
I think one of the best ways to green up your home is to remove the commercial cleaners from your house. They can be unhealthy to you and the environment. Let’s face facts here; Most of the cleaners you own can be downright toxic. Great, now that you have SAFELY disposed of your home chemical cleaners are you to homesweethome just accept the fact things are going to get filthy? Come on now, would I do that to you? Not a chance. You now need to stock up on white vinegar, borax, baking soda, salt, lemon juice and some non toxic liquid soap.
You will find that white vinegar and warm water is great for cleaning lots of things like glass, mirrors and add some lemon juice and it gets after mildew. Borax, baking soda and salt make great scouring powders and can tackle anything from porcelain, to a casserole dish.
Make your own all purpose green cleaner by combining liquid soap, borax some white vinegar and a bit of hot water. If you happen to have a spray bottle of some description that’s even better! Hot water and some vinegar makes a great floor cleaner, baking soda, vinegar and hot water have the ability to clear drains, and on and on and on.
Experiment with these ingredients and see what you come up with. The idea here is you have removed the harmful toxins from your home, you no longer put chemicals into your drain aa well as the environment and all it will cost is a little bit more of your time in some cases.
That takes care of the inside but what about the outside? How about your lawn? Let’s start by getting rid of all of your chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. In most places these days there is a real push to have this stuff banned so this plays right into your hands.
Corn gluten is a natural fertilizer that also helps keep weeds that like to spread seeds in check by drying out the seeds but you have to get them early. By leaving your grass a bit longer (3 inches) it is better able to resist weeds and drought. If you are concerned about critters like June bugs or Cinch bugs try bone meal or get real radical and seek out Nematodes or Roundworms. These guys feed on Cinch bugs.
The best defence against bugs weeds and drought is to keep your lawn healthy. You could even consider a yard that does not have any lawn and has somewhat maintenance free plants that require less water and only periodic care and weeding.
There are times as a homeowner when you just need to replace things. Let’s say for instance your 20 year old hand me down gas powered lawn mower is ready to be replaced. Consider an electric, either battery or corded or even better yet a push mower also know as a reel mower. While you are at it get a weeder. There are some great manual ones out there that do a great job and don’t break your back.
What if you have a drain that needs replacing? Check out the Permaflow. This is a drain with a rotating wheel in the pipe joint and continuously moves water and debris to avoid clogging but if it ever happens there is also an external rotating knob so you can clear the drain. Are you kidding me this is awesome! The company is PF Waterworks and you can check the Permaflow out on line at http://www.pfwaterworks.net.
What if you needed a new floor and wanted to go green? You should be looking for a product that has strict eco-friendly characteristics. Things like formaldehyde free and made from recycled or sustainably managed resources and forests. If you are looking for an engineered hardwood ask the questions that count. You want to know about off-gassing and does there product use any solvents or heavy metals? If so stay away!
You see it’s not that tough to begin to make the move towards a greener home. It doesn’t even have to cost a lot. Recycle, compost and reuse items where you can. Get the chemicals and toxins out of your home and feel better about the choices you have made so you can relax and enjoy your home green home.
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