Leading an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, with some handy DIY strategies, you can create a more environmentally friendly home while also saving some money. Below are several suggestions to help you get started.
Clean in an Eco-Friendly Way
Want to avoid cleaning products that contain chemicals and other ingredients that might not be best for you, your kids, and your pets? Thankfully, there are ways that you can clean every room with more natural products. Here are some options to consider:
- Use a steam mop to clean your floors. The steam can help disinfect without the need for harsh cleaners. Plus, this is an approach that you can take to reduce waste because you can wash the pad to reuse it again and again.
- When you need to scrub a surface to clean it, such as the sink in your bathroom or kitchen, consider using a sponge and a mix of baking soda and water. You can also try a mix of baking soda, water, and white vinegar to clean the grout in your shower.
- Notice smudges on your mirror? A simple step you can take to clean it is by using a slightly damp towel to wipe it thoroughly. Then, use a dry towel to ensure your mirror is free of streaks and spots.
Take Earth-Friendly Steps When Doing the Laundry
Even when it comes to doing your laundry, you can take a more natural or DIY approach to not only save money, but also help the planet.
- If you use dryer sheets, you can try reusing the sheets for things like removing soap scum, dusting, and repelling pests.
- To reduce waste, try to find reusable dryer sheets that you don’t throw away after just one use.
- If you want to avoid using dryer sheets, you can try adding some baking soda to your machine when washing your clothes, as doing so may help keep your clothes soft. Another option is to use white vinegar.
- Make your own dryer sheet by using a piece of fabric, such as an old cloth napkin or washcloth. Fold it up and put into a glass container that comes with a lid. Add white vinegar to wet the cloth, and set it aside. When you need to dry your clothes, wring out the cloth and put it into the dryer. Then, just put it back into the container when you’re done, adding more vinegar whenever you need to. (Note: if you want some fragrance, consider adding a few drops of essential oil to the vinegar.)
Cut Back on Disposable Products
Another easy way to lead a more eco-friendly, and affordable, lifestyle is by switching from disposable products to those that you can reuse. We touched on this above with the reusable dryer sheets, but there are other reusable products that you can utilize around the house. Here are some examples to help you get started:
- Rather than buying paper napkins that you use once and throw away, purchase several cloth napkins that you can toss into your washing machine. That way, you can reuse them, and save money that you’d otherwise need to spend on buying more napkins.
- In the same way that you can add cloth napkins to your dinner table, you can also keep some washable handkerchiefs around the house, such as in your bathrooms and bedrooms, so your family won’t need to use as many tissues.
- Instead of buying water in disposable plastic bottles that create waste, consider investing in a filter that can help purify your water. Then, fill up a reusable bottle made from a material like stainless steel, aluminum, or glass.
- If you have a baby, consider using cloth diapers that are washable and reusable. Doing so can be a step towards helping to reduce the waste that’s created by disposable diapers.
Other Ways to Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly
- In addition to focusing on what you use inside your home, don’t forget to consider the eco-friendly approaches that you can take to maintain your front lawn, backyard, and garden. Switching to natural and organic pesticides that are less harmful and non-toxic can be a great place to start.
- When shopping, try to choose products that are biodegradable, made from sustainable and/or organic materials, and energy efficient. For example, you might opt to switch to LED light bulbs that are designed to last longer while using less energy.
Simple Changes Add Up and Help Make a Big Impact!
As you can see, changing your habits, along with some of the products that you use throughout your home, is surprisingly easy when you want to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle while spending less. This means you can save money and help the environment at the same time!