With the spring season in full swing, spring cleaning can be considered the main event of any dweller. The spring season can be considered the perfect excuse to change up a way of life or old habits, because it offers a fresh start with the introduction of a new season that is bright and sunny compared to a dull and drab winter. It can seem daunting when considering the possibility of committing to a major lifestyle change, especially when it comes to creating a greener home. “Going green” is one of the most positive things that can impact how an individual lives. It has such a strong impact yet it can be done one step at a time.
A greener home is definitely not simply a matter of boasting a recycling bin. It is a way of life that is utilized in order to live a healthier and more fulfilling life, with as minimal of a footprint as possible. It is becoming more and more popular to embrace the ideals of greener living and can be jump started in 5 very simple steps that can be done by anybody.
1. Change the way you clean.
Changing the way a home is cleaned can go a long way when trying to run a greener home. Unfortunately current cleaning agents on the market are made from harsh and chemical filled substances. This is not good for both the user, environment, as well as the surface or object that is being cleaned. This change can be made simply by switching out the current cleaners for more eco-friendly versions. There are endless green options when it comes to eco-friendly cleaning agents that utilize completely natural essentials in their cleaning formula. These versions work just as well and even better than toxic chemical cleaning materials and solutions.
This option is the perfect option for those wanting to ease into creating a greener home because it only requires simply switching the cleaning materials that are used on a a daily basis. Essential oils can be added to natural cleaning products in order to give them the aroma of a favorite scent which can include anything from peppermint, lavender, jasmine and more. This also creates a natural green option for creating a better smelling home overall.
2. Host a yard sale.
With the weather becoming warmer by the day, the spring season is a wonderful time to host a yard sale. This gives others a chance to give used items another chance at life, and avoid buying additional items and create waste. A yard sale becomes a beneficial solution for the seller as well because it clears clutter out of a home and can be nice profit all in a day’s work.
3. Use natural light when possible.
Incandescent lighting can be swapped out for letting the sun shine through this spring season for most of the day. This option is ideal during the spring because the days become longer, thus the home can enjoy a wonderful new green light source that is all natural.
4. Choose cloth napkins over paper.
The kitchen is an ideal place to further expand one’s greener home efforts this season. Cloth napkins can be taken advantage of during family dinners and spring picnics in one’s home. In addition, paper towels can easily be switched out for cotton dish rags as well as sponges that are reusable for easy cleanups, in place of paper towels that would have been used otherwise. In the long run this option is not only cleaner and greener for the home, but it is also a very cost effective method.
5. Cut down on waste materials.
It is important to look at items that are used on a daily basis and to attempt to change the methods and materials used, to a greener eco-friendly version that serves the same purpose. A great example of this is replacing bleached white paper coffee filters for greener unbleached and recycled paper coffee filters. Coffee can also be made in a French press or even a washable hemp filter. Large jars can be reused as drink holders for you favorite spring drinks. No matter how small the change truly is, it creates a mindset for looking at things in a different way when trying to create a greener home.
Liza is a blogger with a flair for home décor. She is particularly fond of her Danish modern furniture and is constantly looking for new and brilliant ways to make her home more eco-friendly.