I'd like to start keeping a "greener" house, but it's an overwhelming prospect and I don't even know where to start.
I'd like to start keeping a "greener" house, but it's an overwhelming prospect and I don't even know where to start. Currently in our house, we just sort our trash and recyclables and have started a compost heap. Luckily, Circle of Moms
members who already have green homes are willing to share some easy ways to start keeping a greener house.
1. Clean with vinegar. According to green moms, there a number of ways to use vinegar around the house, and using it as a cleaning product cuts down on the chemicals you'll put into your home and landfills.
2. Swap paper for cloth. Shelli C. says the only time she uses paper towels anymore is when she's frying food. Otherwise, she uses kitchen towels to clean up spills, wipe hands, or anything else that needs to be done in the kitchen.
3. Hang a clothesline. Shelli also says that after those towels are washed, she air-dries them on her clothesline to reduce electricity usage. Similarly, Sally B. says in the months she can air-dry her clothes outdoors, her electric bill drops a whopping $40 a month!
4. Invest in reusable shopping bags. This is one little change I have already made in my house. Many green moms say buying reusable grocery bags is a good investment. Not only are they better for the environment, but they also are a lot sturdier than paper or plastic.
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