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6 Quick Tips for a Greener Home

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Here are some quick and easy ideas to make your home more environmentally “green” and healthy!

  1. Use this simple, inexpensive window cleaner.
    You can make a simple and inexpensive window cleaner just by mixing 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of water, and 1/2 teaspoon of dish detergent in a spray bottle. The detergent will remove old wax residue left by commercial window cleaning products and leave your windows and glass streak free.
  2. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents.
    If every U.S. house replaced just one incandescent with the compact fluorescent the amount of energy saved would light over 2 million homes for a year!
  3. Don’t dawdle in the shower.
    Taking a 5 minute shower can decrease water usage from 25 gallons to 12.5 gallons per shower.
  4. Try this bleach alternative.
    Instead of using bleach on mildew or chemical-based disinfectants, try 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil diluted in 2 cups of water. Tea Tree oil is a natural disinfectant.
  5. About 80% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. To save energy and money, wash clothes in cold water whenever possible and wait until you have a full load to reduce the number of times that you run the machine.
  6. Try to find a dry cleaner who uses the carbon dioxide cleaning process. This process converts CO2 to a liquid and after the cycle is complete, the liquid turns back into a gas and is mostly reused. No harmful chemicals! The EPA’s list (April 2003) of cleaners that use wet cleaning or liquid carbon dioxide processes can be found here.

 

About the author:

Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service.

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