Today I’m talking about ways to green your home.
1. Cloth napkins
I have this little napkin holder and I have my cloth napkins in here and I just put it on the table and tada! napkins. It’s a lot cheaper if you obviously make them or get them at Goodwill. Goodwill always has an entire section of cloth napkins and placemats and they’re super super cheap. To go along with cloth napkins, obviously, the next step is to ditch the paper towels. I just use kitchen towels flour sack towels. So I have my kitchen towels and then I have my rags. I don’t see the need to buy paper towels anymore because I have these rags. People think they get really oily or dirty, but I’ll throw them out way before then. Whenever my husband gets another cotton tshirt because his is worn out I’ll usually cut it up and we’ll have more rags. if you want something a little bit more pretty and fancy for your kitchen you can go with what they call unpaper towels. These are paper towels made of different materials like flannel cotton. People make them and you can make them yourself if you have a sewing machine and you’re crafty. You can either put snaps on them and put them around your actual paper towel roller or you can just put them in a nice basket. It’s basically up to you and the way you like things done.
2. Ditch the plastic water bottles
So this one is my favorite. I have a clean canteen food grade stainless steel. I take this baby everywhere with me. We have a big crock of distilled water and I fill this up every day and the good thing about having a large water bottle is that you really get to visualize how much water you drink. I take this everywhere with me so I don’t have to waste any cups or water bottles at someone else’s house.
3. Take a look at the local estate sales, local garage sales, and thrift stores that is close to you.
If you’re like I really want a new lamp, before you go to like your Target go over to your thrift store go to a vintage shop and try to find one there. I have found the most amazing, most beautiful lamps at estate sales. They’re a lot cheaper than going to a designer store and they’re a lot better quality than you would ever find in an Ikea or Target. If you’re not the type to go searching through Goodwill and you really like finding unique vintage clothes check your city for local vintage shops. Obviously they’re going to be more expensive because someone else went through the trouble to find you the clothes, but you can find some amazing gems there’s also some online.
4. Have a lot of plants indoors
I have a snake plant, not one of those fake plants, and it’s an amazing way to purify the air in your home. So a snake plant is one of the top contenders because you don’t have to water it for two weeks. It needs minimal sunlight and it’s just a workhorse. Another great plant that you should have is an aloe vera. I have that a different room. It does also clean the air but it’s also great for medicinal purposes. if you get a cut or a sunburn you can just go to your aloe vera plant and cut a little piece off and put the gel on you. I really really recommend house plants that are good for purifying the air.
5. Essential oils
So I have a bag of essential oils. You can use whatever you want but just try to find a high quality brand that you trust. I use them mainly for a diffusers so instead of candles or air wick plugins. I use an essential oil diffuser and it makes the entire room smell really good and it lasts a few hours. Yes you do have to re fill it with your essential oils and water. Not only are essential oils good for that, but they’re also good for cleaning. So for example we have the lemon oil and it obviously smells really good, but it’s also really good for cleaning and disinfecting, that type of thing. Especially your kitchen there’s a reason that you go to the store and a lot of cleaning supplies have a citrus scent. Instead of having an artificial citrus scent you have the real thing.
6. Make your own all purpose spray
So this is a vinegar, distilled water, lemon mix that I made. Making your own vinegars is great especially if you have children and your children are like mine where you wipe the countertop and then they start licking it or eating off of it. You don’t have to worry about any kind of harsh chemicals that would hurt you or your family or anything.
7. Repurpose what you have when they are emptied out
For example, I have a lot of skin care products and a lot of them come packaged in glass. I have these glass bottles with the nice spray thingy. So what I do is I repurpose that so I now have a rubbing alcohol spray.
8. Reusable cotton pads
The ones that women use to take off their makeup or people use the to clean off a cut or anything like that. Well I made my own and I keep them in this little glass container I got from the thrift store. I made them from an old receiving blanket and some flannel. If you’re not crafty and you don’t want to make your own you can also buy them off Etsy.
9. Feminine care
You know there’s a lot of different options in this category for you know when you’re menstruating. My favorite is a cloth pad so this is obviously like an overnight large heavy duty pad. It’s super super soft. I’m actually going to be using pads for my postpartum bleeding after I have our baby and I’ve been using these pads for a few years and I really really love them.
Well hopefully this gives some insight into some ways you can “green” your home. If you liked this article send me an email and I’ll have more for you next time.