Green Your Routine: Home

Conscious Living Tips, Home v July 21, 2015

From laundry and dishes, to cooking and disposing, here are several tips to Green Your Routine that go beyond a recycling bin:

LAUNDRY

Washing

Proclaim a “Laundry Day” |  Choose one day out of the week to do all of your laundry. This way you’ll get the most out of your loads and limiting to one day a week will discourage unnecessary washing. 

Wash on Cold |  To minimize your carbon footprint, always wash on cold. Washing on cold can also help your clothing and linens keep longer.

Instead of using detergent, try non toxic, eco-friendly laundry soaps like Whispering Willow Soap Company‘s Lavender Laundry Detergent, Laundry Soap Powder – by Terra Cotta Paste or CARE & S Laundry Tablets

Or, make your own:

Liquid-Lavender-laundry-detergent-diy

via Mom4Real.com

tea-tree-and-rosemary-laundry-detergent-diy

via hellonatural.co

and for stains…

 

stain-and-spot-removers

via thehumbledhomemaker.com

Drying

Hang & Line Dry | Save energy by hanging your clothing out to dry rather than using the dryer if you can. This will also keep clothes in better shape which will save them from being disposed of in the landfill.

Instead of using synthetic dryer sheets, try reusable wool dryer balls that reduce drying time by 20-30%. They’re non-toxic, hypoallergenic, static free and save you loads of money. Splat & Co makes dryer balls in a variety of colors and designs.

Or, make your own:

magic-woold-dryer-balls-diy

via MadeFromPinterest.com

dryer-balls-wool-roving-diy

vie ehow.com

*Note: We recommended Fibershed certified wool roving from Meridian Jacobs.

 

CLEANING SURFACES & FLOORS 

Say No to Harsh Chemicals | Did you know that the majority of household cleaners on the market today are toxic? Do yourself (and your family) a favor by researching cleaning alternatives that aren’t hazardous to everyone’s health – including the environment. To learn more, check out “8 Hidden Toxins: What’s Lurking in Your Cleaning Products.”

Instead, use safe cleaning products like the Zoeganics Cleaning Bundle.

Or, make your own:

 

disinfecting-surface-and-window-spray-diy

via ourhomemadelife.com

citrus-and-white-vinegar-all-purpose-cleaner

via insonnetskitchen.com

*Note: Instead of wasteful paper towels, use rags, kitchen towels and microfiber to clean with.

 

FRESHENING THE AIR

Instead of air freshening sprays that contain carcinogens and phthalates, try natural essences like By Nieves’ Cloud of Protection which “protects you from bad vibes, sickness and stinkyness”- it also works as a great natural bug spray. Smudging (burning sage) can also prevent airborne bacteria and beeswax candles can clean the air in your home. Wild Well hand makes their candles in LA from 100% beeswax sourced from southern California beehives- and they smell fantastic!

Or, make your own: 

We like this recipe with or without the vodka…

lavender-linen-and-room-spray

via campwander.com

 

WASHING DISHES

Dishwasher Efficiency | Dishwashers are actually more “green” than hand washing because they are more efficient in cleaning and generally use less water. For everyday use, make sure to use the “light” cycle instead of “normal” cycle to save on energy.

Hand Washing Hacks | If you are limited to hand washing, save water by filling a small bowl with water and soap concentrate (castile soap works great). Sponge soapy water and scrub onto dishes so the faucet isn’t running the whole time. This also saves soap! Rinse in small batches if possible.

Make your own…

make-your-own-liquid-dish-soap

via mommypotamus.com

 

SPICES 

Grow Something | No need to buy staple spices that are heavily processed or preserved. Grow your own herb garden at home with Favor Creative herb kits and dry the herbs yourself

hang-dry-herbs

via vegetablegardener.com

 

DISPOSING

Trash Talk | In the United States, a whopping 250 million tons of trash goes to the landfill each year. To minimize your creation of waste:

1) Try to buy things without packaging + avoid plastics

2) If you cannot find reuse for something, recycle it

3) Compost your food waste

worm-composting-diy

via ana-white.com

 

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