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Take A Greener Approach To Housework

Could you be taking a more eco-friendly approach to housework? From using the washing machine less to using less cleaning chemicals, there are many ways to make cleaning and maintaining a house less harmful to the environment. Below are just a few tips on making household chores greener.

Stop consuming unnecessary energy/water

Many of us use unnecessary amounts of energy and water to maintain our homes. For example, many of us keep the tap running while washing up instead of filling up a bowl. Similarly, when it comes to washing clothes, many of us wash half loads or laundry instead of washing full loads (modern modern clothes can be mixed without colors running – this can reduce the amount of times you have to use the washing machine). A lot of us also use water from the mains for gardening instead of harvesting rainwater (harvesting rainwater can preserve freshwater reserves, while reducing your water bills by as much as half!). Start thinking about how regularly you use your utilities – being more sparing with electricity and water can save the planet and save you money

Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products

Many cleaning products aren’t very eco-friendly. Chemical cleaning solutions like bleach release harmful VOCs into the air. A lot of cleaning products may also be tested on animals. Fortunately, there are many plant-based cleaning products out there that don’t use animal testing, which are just as efficient as chemical cleaning products. Consider using less chemicals around your home and embracing more eco-friendly options.

Use less chemicals in your yard

Chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers can all have a negative impact on the environment. Many of these products are toxic when consumed by critters in your yard, which can disrupt the entire eco-system. For example, while chemical pesticides can help to ward off snails and aphids, they could also ward off important pollinators like bees and butterflies. Many can also give off VOCs. Instead, try to embrace natural products – household products like salt and vinegar can be just as effective at warding off pests. Check out this guide to natural pesticides and herbicides that you can make at home. 

Prepare more eco-friendly meals

You should also think about the meals you cook. Using less meat and more locally-sourced veggies and legumes can be a huge way to reduce your carbon footprint and be more eco-friendly. Also consider how regularly you’re using your oven – using the stove or microwave can often be more eco-friendly than constantly baking food in the oven. You can also embrace more cold dishes like salads.

Recycle your waste properly

When it comes to getting rid of your household waste, make sure that you’re disposing of items properly. Many forms of packaging can be recycled – make sure that you’re not putting these items in your general trash. You can also recycle gardening waste by turning it into compost. Check out this guide on how to create a compost heap if you don’t already have one. 

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