Spring Cleaning To Pass Unwanted Items Along

Clothing given to charityThere’s a reason we have all grown up with the tradition of spring cleaning. it’s a time of renewal. We can open the doors and windows, blowing out the stale winter air and letting in fresh breezes. That makes us itch to clean house. Out with the old and in with nothing, if we plan it right. Spring purging can feel fantastic.

Clothing
You can begin by going through your closets and drawers. Ask yourself when the last time it was that you wore each garment. If it’s been a year…let it go. There is someone else who has a use for it and you really don’t need it any more. Check your towels, sheets, washcloths, tablecloths, and throw pillows. Do you have any that have served their purpose and are ready to move on? You can add them to the charity box and give them to another family. [Read more…]

Avoid Watering The Driveway

Garden Hose Fitting for Water ConservationMany states are experiencing drought conditions and people are well aware of water restrictions. Some of them have limited days of the week to water their lawns and most understand the importance of making sure the water falls on the grass – not the sidewalk or driveway. This can seem like a fussy thing to some people but when you multiply the water savings by the population of a city, state, or region, the savings can be monumental.

It’s also beneficial to water your lawn and garden in the evening. This gives the ground ample opportunity to absorb all of the water. If you water in the morning, much of the water will begin to evaporate with the rising sun.  Watering in the afternoon can waste a lot of water and even burn your lawn or shrubs due to the heat of the sun. [Read more…]

Consider Changing Your Cookware

eco friendly cookwareBack in the day, we all believed in the miracle of Teflon. We quickly relegated our heirloom cast iron to the bottom cabinet and went to work making cheesy scrambled eggs that slid right out of the pan. But do you remember when it started to scratch and then peel? It was unsightly but we just bought another pan and carried on.

Eventually we learned it may not be safe to use and we began seeking other, safer, sources for cooking our food. There are several new options on the market. They are being made from several materials such as aluminum, ceramic, and even stone. They are coated in such a way as to mimic the non-stick benefits we used to get from Teflon without the risky chemical fumes it releases while cooking with it. [Read more…]

Going Green With Household Cleaners

natural cleaning suppliesThere is a trend today of people paying attention to the chemicals that make up the cleaners they have typically used at home for years. We never really questioned it but now are learning there are things inside that counter scrub or toilet bowl cleaner that can actually be detrimental to our health.

The challenge is in finding products that are safe and effective to replace the old standbys we’ve used for years. Many people are turning to homemade recipes and going back to using ingredients like baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar for cleaning. When we consider the toxicity of the products we’ve used in the past and the potential for harm to our family it seems worth the time to mix our own formulas in order to know for certain that what we are using is safe. [Read more…]

Recycling Used Motor Oil

motor oil recyclingFor those people who still change their own oil, deciding what to do with the used oil can be a challenge. Most people know it shouldn’t be tossed in with your regular trash but aren’t sure exactly what should be done with it.

Motor Oil is unique in that it never wears out so is a perfect product for recycling. It can be used over and over, thus saving a lot of earth’s resources in refining fresh oil. But where to recycle it can be confusing. [Read more…]

Non-Typical Things That Can Be Recycled

recycle booksWe all know about recycling our household waste in the form of paper, plastic, metal, glass, and cardboard but there are plenty of other things we can recycle as well. Clothing can be re-used by donating to charitable organizations or we can reduce our consumption by buying from resale shops. It’s surprising what you can find if you make it a habit to browse these stores while you are out shopping. You won’t find something every time but you can pick up a gem pretty often if you go regularly. [Read more…]

Eco-Friendly Options for K-Cup Waste

K-Cup wasteAmericans love their coffee and they have jumped headlong into the single serving coffee machine trend. Now, we are hearing about the volume of plastic entering landfills as a discarded K-Cup. These individual plastic cups are very convenient but are creating mountains of unrecyclable waste. Not only can we purchase individual pods of coffee but tea is also available and even soup pods are coming soon to a landfill near you.

Not only is the waste accumulation a concern but the millions of pounds of used coffee grounds that are not being dispursed is a waste as well. This organic material is very useful in composting and has traditionally been used to create nutrient rich soil for growing more food. [Read more…]

How to Start Recycling

recyclingRecycling can be one of those things we keep intending to do but are slow to begin implementing. Much of the process can be simplified by quick organization. You need to find out what your area accepts for recycled material and then you have to set up your recycling containers in an area that is suitable for your family. [Read more…]

What is a Carbon Footprint?

carbon footprintJust in case you’re not aware of what a carbon footprint is, it’s the amount of greenhouses gases that we produce through our daily activities, whether directly or indirectly.

Directly is, of course, by driving our cars, heating our homes, just about anything that we do involving fuel that releases greenhouses gases. [Read more…]

Energy Conservation in Your Home

energy efficient homeMost of us make efforts to turn lights out when we leave a room and dial the heat down at night. These efforts help in reducing your energy consumption and reducing the money you spend on utilities each month.

There are steps you can take to take your conservation and savings up a level and we will highlight a few of them. [Read more…]