We have all heard the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” at least once, right? Make your kb homes cleaner and healthier places by taking a few easy steps to going green. Product choices are a large factor in how toxic your home is or isn’t. Consider these ideas and make a small step into the future green world.
Cleaning your home with chemical cleaners you grew up with can be harmful to your health and those that live in your home. Chemicals aggravate allergies and can trigger asthma, as well. Breathing in toxic fumes is not good for your lungs and is considered “indoor air pollution”. Going green with household cleaners is not as hard as one may think. Look for plant based cleaners and read the labels. You can even make your own DIY home cleaners with essential oils and simple products like white vinegar and baking soda.
You do not have to be a vegetarian, by any means, but by eating meat free one day a week the impact is a great as driving a Hybrid vehicle. Raising livestock has a huge impact on greenhouse gasses, eating meat free one day a week will reduce that considerably.
How much energy you use heating and cooling your home has a huge footprint on the environment. Add insulation to your attic and get energy efficient windows, select window treatments that are insulated to keep heat in and heat out depending on the season. Make sure all of your doors have good draft guards, as well. You can increase the efficiency of your home by 20-30 % just by adding thermal shades and door draft guards.
Bare Feet Please
Leave your shoes at the front door. You would be amazed at what you track in on your shoes. Mud and gunk also carries a fair amount of exhaust, chemicals and pesticides that you will track all over your home. Eliminating shoes at the door will take you more step into the green home you are aiming for.
Glass Only, No Plastics
Plastics give off toxic chemicals called BOP or BOC gasses. Eliminate any storage containers that are plastic and drinking cups and water bottles. You can easily replace them all with glass now and it is pretty affordable, as well. When heating anything in a microwave plastic releases toxic gasses that can cause cancer. Be aware! If you are really gung ho, eliminate your microwave too.
Ditch Dumping Stuff and Donate it
Throwing things away may seem easier and quicker but when you donate your things it not only helps others in need, it puts less stuff in landfills. That is a win/win situation.
The three safest cookware materials to use are Cast Iron, enamel coated cast iron and stainless steel. Teflon is dangerous because it off gasses and chips off into your food eventually. Leaving a Teflon pan on the stove with nothing in it also releases toxic off gassing into your home.
Fragrance Free/Dye Free
A lot of people are becoming sensitive to strong perfumes and dyes. If your products are scented from natural sources they are better for your air quality. Chemicals can mess with your hormones and remember that everything that is washed down a drain goes into the outside ecosystem environment.
You can replace pesticide in your home by using natural alternatives. Essential oils are great for bug and rodent detouring such as peppermint oil and patchouli oil. Brewer’s yeast will kill fleas; mice do not like steel wool. Try trapping instead of spraying, as well. Fly strips may not be fashion forward by they do the job with less impact on the environment than sprays. Gardening can be done without chemical pesticides too.
Reusable Grocery Bags
Grocery sacks can multiply like rabbits if you use them. Try getting your own reusable grocery sacks and not only will your home be clutter free but you will leave a smaller footprint for your efforts.
Try these easy changes in your home and maybe you won’t become a full on environmentalist but you will have something really good to feel about and so will your home.