5 Tips for Greener, Easier and Cheaper Household Tasks



In honor of Earth Day I thought that I would offer up some eco-friendly tips for your daily household tasks. Bonus: some fall into the easy and cheap categories too!

1. Make your own cleaning products. You can save tons of money and avoid toxic and harsh chemicals by making your own cleaning products. You can also reduce waste and save money by reusing spray bottles. Here are the recipes that I use. I use the all purpose cleaner a ton. I always add the lemon essential oil – it makes for a much better smell than the vinegar.

2. Hang dry clothes. I am a huge fan of using a drying rack for drying clothes. A lot of clothes are hang-dry only anyway and I have found that it keeps my clothes looking great plus it saves a ton of electricity.

3. Use rags/washcloths. As convenient as paper towels are, they are wasteful and costly. Make an effort to keep washcloths and sponges around for cleaning. Here is a quick way to deodorize and sanitize sponges.

4. Use products you can feel good about. Let’s be honest, not all of us have time to make all of our own cleaning products. In this case I like to keep around some earth-friendly and non-toxic cleaning supplies. The Honest Co. is one of my favorites. They have some great products that I can feel good about using with a kiddo crawling around and I can usually get some great deals on their products through referrals and promotions. They offer a free trial of their products if you want to see what they are all about. WARNING: when you do the trial you sign up for a subscription so make sure that you call and cancel if you don’t want to be charged (they send you a nice reminder email) or what I do is push back the subscription and only get products when you really need them {or when there is a promotion/deal}

5. Avoid disposable cleaning products. Swiffers and Swiffer Dusters constantly need replacing and create waste. You can re-create the convenience by making your own versions that are reusable. Here is a duster DIY. Here is a sweeper DIY.

Happy Earth Day!

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