Hey everyone! I’ve got a fun post with Green Cleaning Tips to keep our homes clean and our lives green. And to add to the excitement, I’ve got a Giveaway for one lucky reader, AND a discount code to offer everyone some incredible green cleaning products! Giveaways? Discount codes? That means everyone’s a winner!
It’s not easy being green. That’s right, everything can be condensed down to something said by a Muppet. But Kermit had it right all those years ago when he sang this mournful song.
I can’t tell you how many cloth grocery bags I have – some hanging on doors, others in the back seat of the car – that never end up with me in the grocery store. It’s usually at checkout when the teller asks me, “Paper or plastic?” that I look over to my grocery cart, wishing that those cloth bags of mine sitting in the car would somehow magically appear.
I don’t believe in magic. So that means I’ve got to create some better habits in order to make sure those grocery bags are with me next time. [insert groan here]
Being green isn’t only about our shopping habits. It’s also about our homes. Sometimes I think about the chemicals used in my house. You know, the ones that are supposed to to keep it clean? There’s an old saying, “Don’t let the cure be worse than the disease.”
I think it’s a good motto for house cleaning as well. So, I’ve been on a mission to find out how I can keep things clean and green! I thought I’d share them with you today.
Tips for Keeping It Clean and Green
- Know Your Toxic No No’s. You don’t need a degree in chemistry to get a good idea of what you do and don’t want to keep around your house. Things that should be on your watch list? Phthalates, Triclosan (found in antibacterial soaps), and butoxyethanol (found in many window cleaning products). To learn more about what chemicals to watch for in your products, check out the 8 Hidden Toxins article from Experience Life Magazine.
- Take Inventory. Take a look in the cupboards to see what cleaning products you’ve got. You can either keep what you’ve got and replace them with more environmentally friendly products, or you can check with your city or state to find approved ways of disposing of them. I put this in my search field, “Disposing of household hazardous materials in Missouri” and came up with this helpful site, Household Hazardous Waste page from Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources.
- Green on the Cheap. There are some great natural cleaning products probably in your kitchen right now. One of my favorites is good ol’ baking soda and vinegar. I use this to clean the grout on my tiled floors – simply put a little bit of baking soda on the grout and pour a little vinegar over the top. Let that sit and then scrub with a brush and some warm water. The results are beautiful!
- Living Lean. A minimalist living approach can be a great way of living green. Everything you buy is something you’re going to have to take care of in one way or another, so take heed when purchasing your stuff. Joshua Beck explains more about Minamilst Living with this post, 5 Life-Giving Truths From 5 Years of Giving Less.
- Connect with Your Inner Green. What’s going on behind the scenes in your home? The EPA recommends a regular heating and cooling and air duct inspection to make sure your home is free of mold and other hazards.
- Magic Carpet. Clean those carpets or get rid of them altogether! I’m not a big fan of carpets. I much prefer hard wood floors or tile. So I was glad to see I was right on the mark recently when I read that carpets can be one of the major sources of air pollution in a home. Check out this article from Green America about those Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in carpet.
- Green Cleaning. When buying new cleaning products, look for “non-toxic”, “biodegradable” and products made from renewable resources.
- Good Air. We all want our houses to smell good, especially when we’re having guests over. Instead of spraying chemicals throughout the house, why not try something a little more creative (and tasty), like making a batch of chocolate chip cookies. You can also boil spices or even vanilla flavored coffee beans for a deliciously fragrant aroma throughout your house!
- Clear the Air. My favorite tip for keeping the air clean in your home is having houseplants around. Now, let me say this, I’m not exactly a green thumb. My biggest problem with plants is that they require things like water on a regular basis. Jeez! So I’ve set a weekly reminder on my phone to water my plants…and it works! I hope to add more plants to my inner green arsenal because I know it’s the best thing I can do for me and my family. Check out this Huffington Post story on 10 Houseplants to Clean the Air.
There you have it. My favorite list of Green Living Tips! I like to think of it as a work in progress and sometimes like a little dance too. You take a step forward, and then every now and then you take a step back. I try to remember not to be too hard myself, to keep at it, and find a balanced approach that works best for me and my family.
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This is just one way of saying thank you for visiting Namely Marly, and for checking out my recipes, interviews and life tips.
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I hope this is a great way to help you on your green journey!
Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. I received products and compensation from The Good Home Company. All opinions are my own.