Benefits That Being Green Can Have On Your Home
How Being Green Takes Care Of Your Home
I have to be frank. Being “green” is not one of my strengths. I do lots of green things but not really from the mindset of taking care of our environment. My green habits are usually a result of saving myself time, space, money, and taking care of our health. I like to keep life and homemaking simple and that often lends itself to a bit of green living.
I often talk about taking care of your home because God gave it to you. We should be a good steward of the things that God gave us. That’s why taking care of our homes is so important. This same thought process really does apply to our environment as well.
Since this is an area I could really work on we have a guest writer today! Jackie from Hyper-Tidy is going to be expanding on this idea for us.
Here is what Jackie has to say about green living…
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It’s Easy (and Budget-Friendly) Being Green
We live in a time when protecting the environment is of utmost importance. Wastefulness and toxicity are a thing of the past as we move into a modern era of clean, eco-friendly living and low carbon footprints. It’s not only ideal in this day and age to live a green life in order to protect our planet, but it’s also more accessible and convenient to do so than ever before.
Decades ago, you had to go out of your way to find chemical-free green products or figure out how to recycle. Today, it’s easier to do your part, and it doesn’t have to be rough on your wallet either. Here are some ways to save money and the earth at the same time!
Make your own chemical-free cleaning products
Eco-friendly products are better for your health and the environment. You can save money by DIYing your cleaning supplies with safe, non-toxic, and effective ingredients.
Vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda are kitchen staples that happen to be natural and sustainable products for cleaning surfaces. If it’s safe enough to eat, then it’s certainly safe enough to inhale and touch.
Avoid chlorine, phosphates, and artificial ingredients, as they do contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to the environment.
If you can’t make it, then buy it for less
Sometimes it’s easier to buy products than to make them at home. Buying products from trusted brands can also quell any concerns that your homemade solution isn’t an effective cleanser.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) exist in common household products, but green products have lower concentrations of VOCs.
Because eco-friendly products can be more expensive than their traditional counterparts, look for discounts and sales on green brands like Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyers.
Major retailers can provide better pricing on some of these brands too. For example, Lowe’s coupons and online promo codes online can you help you save even more, as can deals at stores like Target or Walmart.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The best way to reduce your carbon footprint is to reduce what you use. It might not be realistic to always live that way, so the next best method is to reuse what you can. Not only is producing less waste good for the environment, but it’s also light on your wallet.
Less consumption means less waste and less money spent. When you can’t reuse it, then recycle it. However, many recyclable objects, such as plastic water bottles, can still be reused a few times before it’s thrown into the bin.
Recycling can also bring your spare change if you bring your bottles and cans to a recycling center that pays cash. The average payout is 30 cents per aluminum pound or 5-10 cents per can if your state has a bottle bill.
Live a minimal life
Holistic living can extend to many areas of your life, including how you use your space. You can create balance and peace in your life by decluttering and ridding your life of excess junk. Studies show that clutter is linked to stress and anxiety, so be sure to keep your environment “clean” for your mental health as well as your physical one.
When you declutter your home, you can sell off some of your things to make back the money that was spent on them. As with all eco-friendly actions, don’t just toss things into the trash. See what you can reuse, repurpose, or re-home before you get rid of it entirely.
Eco-friendly practices lead to a healthy environment at home and in the world. We should all take the steps to be more mindful of the materials we use, the gases we emit into the air and the earth, and the carbon footprints that we leave behind. Incremental steps from every human being can make a big difference in the world without making a big dent in our bank accounts.
A big thanks to Jackie for guest posting for us this week. Jackie writes over at hyper-tidy.com. She writes about cleaning products, organization, canning and more. Be sure to check her out.
Need More Help?
Jackie shared a lot of principles that I am very passionate about and have a lot of information on. I know you can find at least one helpful resource on this blog.
DIY Cleaning Products
** Also, Grove Collaborative is a great place to get the safe products that Jackie mentioned above, at the greatest prices.
Free Cleaning Resources
I suggest checking out my free printables library. I have made multiple checklist and printables that you can print out and use to help you build these daily habits. You also get a copy of my Ebook – Simplify Your Life With a Cleaning Routine. This book will help you design your own cleaning routine.
If Clutter Is Your Problem
I suggest either my 3-day challenge or my Declutter Handbook.
3-day challenge – Declutter Your Bedroom in 3 Days.
Declutter Guide – Declutter Your Whole House In Your Own Time.
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