These days everyone is looking to go green? Knowing when, how and where to start can be the hard part. So, why not start in the kitchen? Here are some items from your kitchen that you can use on your way to a greener home.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can be an effective cleanser for your bathroom. Use one cup of baking soda mixed with a teaspoon of liquid soap, a bit of water, and a few drops of antibacterial essential oil (such as tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint) make a great cleaner.

Milk

Milk can be used as an all natural stain remover. Soak the stained garment in a bowl of two parts milk and one part white vinegar. This works especially well for ink stains.

Herbs

Many herbs are natural cures for aliments like stress, digestion, immunity, and more. Use seeds from plants like lavender, mint, lemon balm, and thyme to make your own natural remedies.

Compost Pail

Make your own nutrient rich soil to grow plants in by composting. Keep an airtight container in your kitchen and use it to dispose of food scrap items such as vegetable and fruit waste, meal leftovers, coffee grounds, tea bags, stale bread, grains, and general refrigerator spoilage.

Reusable Tote

When you shop for all of these items make sure to use a reusable tote. You can find these for sale at grocery stores and other shopping centers. This will cut down on plastics.

There are many ecologically friendly cleaning products available in stores today, however, they can do a number on your wallet. There are great alternatives to these costly store-bought items that you can make in your own kitchen. Orange peels for instance, are an inexpensive and powerful base for an effective all-purpose cleaner.

Here is a recipe for an orange peel cleaner:

Things You Need:

  • 1 dozen oranges
  • Baking soda
  • 24-oz. or larger glass jar
  • 1 pint white vinegar
  • Strainer
  • Pitcher
  • Spray bottle
  • 1. Scrub a dozen oranges with a solution of 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water to remove pesticides and any trace chemicals.

    2. Rinse the oranges thoroughly.

    3. Peel the cleaned oranges.

    3. Put the orange peels in a clean glass jar, and cover them with the white vinegar.

    4. Cap the jar tightly.

    5. Allow the mixture to rest in a cool dark place for at least one month.

    6. Shake the vinegar concoction vigorously, and strain off the liquid into a pitcher or other wide-mouth, easy-to-pour container.

    7. Dilute the mixture with 1/2 cup water; shake or stir again, and strain the cleaner into a spray bottle for convenient use.

    Note: Lemon and lime peels can also be used with the orange peels.

     

    Making daily choices to help conserve water is a win win. Reducing the amount of water used in your home will help protect our world’s natural resource and save you money at the same time. Best of all, most of the ways to save are either free or very inexpensive, and will save you hundreds of dollars every year.

    Here are some water saving tips that are friendly to both your wallet and the environment:

    Turn off the faucets. Don’t run the water while you are shaving, shampooing your hair, washing dishes, or brushing your teeth. Did you know turning off the water while brushing your teeth can save you over 25 gallons of water every month?

    Fill up the sink when doing the dishes. Put soap on one side and rinse water on the other side of the sink or use a plastic rinse bin. This will save you gallons of water every time you clean. If you use a dishwasher, always run full loads.

    Don’t do laundry unless you have to. Always run a full load in the washing machine. You can also reuse towels to save on filing up the laundry basket.

    Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket. Every time you flush a bug, tissue or trash down the toilet you waste five to seven gallons of water.

    Bring your car to the car wash. Commercial car washes often use recycled water.

    Cover pools, spas, and hot tubs when not in use. This will help prevent evaporation of water.

    If you must water your lawn make sure to do it early in the day so you don’t lose water to evaporation.

    Mulch your plants. Placing mulch around your plants will help keep them retain moisture.

    Water conservation will have you saving money on your utility bill and also prevents water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.

     

     

    One of the toughest tasks around the house is keeping it clean. So when you are busy with work, the kids, and short on time, this task is almost impossible.

    Here are some tips on how to have your home appear to be clean all the times:

    -While you are walking around the house think about how you can declutter. As you pass through rooms pick up toys, mail, bags and shoes. Before you leave the living room on your way to the kitchen, look to see what items can be picked up along the way.

    -Utilize decorative baskets to organize books, catalogs, mail and magazines.

    -Reduce odor in the kitchen by simmering nutmeg, cloves, or cinnamon with orange peels in a saucepan on the stove.

    -Use candlelight, a home always looks better and cleaner by candlelight.

    -Create an instant centerpiece with a bowl full of fruit.

    -Use baskets or containers in the bathroom to store cosmetics and lotions.

    -Refresh the guest hand towels frequently. Humidity in the bathroom makes towels look droopy.

    -Place your pajamas under the pillow. This way, they’re off the floor and ready for bedtime.

    -Pile clean, unfolded laundry in baskets on top of the washing machine to be sorted later.

    -If you have dirty clothes, but no time to wash them, store them inside the machine.

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