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Green Living at Home

KEY ~ Create Your Supportive Environment

Here are some ideas to try and to see what works for you, your family and home. Start today to live greener at home!

PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to consider your surfaces before using these ideas. For example, vinegar is NOT a good choice for granite and marble!

Two great products to try are white vinegar and baking soda. You can buy huge jugs of white vinegar and large bags of baking soda at warehouse club stores. It makes it easy to always have them on hand and they are so inexpensive compared to all the products you buy now.

Dilute vinegar and water (1 to 5) in a spray bottle to clean everything in the kitchen. Countertops, quick floor cleanup, refrigerator etc. And any odor from the vinegar goes away very quickly.

You can also use this in the bathroom for sinks and countertops. You can also use the spray to clean glass and mirrors – including windows.

To remove odors (even many doggie smells!) from carpets, lightly sprinkle dry baking soda before sweeping. It works by absorbing odors instead of covering them up and does it without using chemicals and fragrance.

In the Laundry:
Add baking soda to the washing machine with detergent (fragrance free) because it makes the soap work better and you can use less.

Try permanent dryer sheets made out of fabric to eliminate buying throw away dryer sheets and fabric softener.

We live in the woods with no grass where we raise a hardy crop of poison ivy, dandelions and weeds! I use vinegar full strength to kill these as they start to come up. My experience is that vinegar will kill anything. So use care around grass, flowers and anything you want to keep.

For Cooking/Food Prep/Storage:

~Unbleached paper towels if using with food prep (like draining or drying)
~Unbleached natural waxed paper if covering will touch the food
~Unbleached parchment paper under everything that goes in the oven – this really cuts down on cleanup!
~Replace plastic containers with glass jars for food storage. Try inexpensive canning jars in different sizes with plastic lids for refrigerator/pantry storage and regular metal lids for the freezer

Many of us have been recycling for years. As you eat less processed foods, you’ll find you have less to recycle.

Try taking one small step at a time! It won’t take you long to live greener at home!

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