I'll be frank, I often find myself writing the same blog posts over and over again. Its just very difficult to find new ways to make Oscar Parties, Super Bowl Parties, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Flag Day, etc. "greener."
When I decided I wanted to write a post about Spring Cleaning, rather than re-writing the same tips I've posted in the past, I chose to to create a guide to my old posts that will help you clean your home in a non-toxic way and make it more energy conscious for the warmer months.
Here we GO!
- Start by making your own homemade cleaning products from healthy, natural, non-toxic materials you can find in your kitchen that are just as effective as store-bought cleaners. Here is a great recipe for cleaning your oven without toxic fumes. Avoid using bleach!
- Next, Collect all those random shoes, printer cartridges, electronics, batteries, etc. and find out where you can recycle them. Don't forget that both Apple and the United States Postal Service have recycling programs as well.
- Re-landscape your yard using plants and stones that won't require fertilizers, pesticides and excessive watering. Or, if you live in the city, grow your own vegetables and plants organically, right on your window sill.
- All those electronics in your home that waste electricity when you aren't there, plug them into a power strip and turn it off while you are gone.
- Replace the garbage can in your kitchen with recycling cans. Also, replace your incandescent bulbs with fluorescent ones.
- Stop the junk mail coming to your home that wastes valuable fuel and paper.
- Finally, make sure your dog's life is as green as possible.
- Ah, you're done, now give yourself an organic manicure.