Green Tips That You Can Use Now

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Below you'll find some green living tips that will help you to cut down and do your part in contributing to a green home.

These tips are some of the ones that I use regularly. I teach them to my children because they are the future and hopefully there'll be something left for them.

Now, I know that there so much more that we can do but I feel good about my beginning.

If you use any of these let me know by leaving your comments. Teach me some new ones too.

In the garden

  • If you love to garden then do your own compost just for your garden. In the summer months because it gets so hot and sunny all day, I just compost right into the earth. All of the peelings from vegetables, fruits, eggshells and old teabags go right into my garden. I turn the soil over occasionally but don't fuss about it. It takes time for everything to be broken down into the soil but my plants love it. The worms love it too and embrace and enrich my garden.


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Day 236: You don't get anything clean without getting something else dirty by dustywrath flickr

Cleaning the bathroom

  • I fill a spray bottle with plain vinegar and dish soap then shake the bottle to combine. I use it to clean my sink, tub and wall. Just spray it on the wall and inside of the tub, scrub with a cloth or brush, rinse with water and you are rewarded with a beautiful shine. Using vinegar and water frees you from using harsh chemicals which are hazardous to you and the environment. Use it in your toilet to clean it too.


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Every room

  • When you enter a room and need the light, use it but on your way out turn it off. Simple right?
  • Change some of your bulbs to a lower watt to help save you on energy costs. The new or not so new now, fluorescent bulbs the swirly ones, there are some issues as to whether they could lead to cancer. Use your own guidance.
  • ¬†Also use a power bar for those appliances that can be shut off and turn them off at the end of the night. Yes the bar is still drawing power but if it is energy efficient not as much as all of those appliances combined.


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Earning His Keep by Cal Sr flickr

In the kitchen

  • Run the dishwasher only when it's full. Aim for once a week or less. I hand wash dishes with a small amount of water in the sink. I do the same when it's time to rinse. Make it a chore if you have kids. Great way for them to learn responsibility.


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Recycling clothes

  • Recycle your clothes by giving them to a shelter, Salvation Army, someone you know who could use them or drop off centre. You've made a way for more to come to you.

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Grow your own

  • Tip #1 was composting so why not add to your garden by growing your own tomatoes or cucumbers or whatever veggies that you like. If you've never done it before just try one or two plants. Have fun with it. Maybe you'll discover that green thumb that you never knew you had. Mmmm, delicious. Enjoy.


Laundry

  • At laundry time, instead of doing several small loads throughout the week, save it and do one big load. Hang your laundry outside to dry. It smells great when it's dry and takes about 3-4 hours depending on the sun.


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Floors

  • Mop the floors and clean the windows with vinegar and water instead of using bleach or other harsh cleaners. Saves you money too.


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In the kitchen

  • If you use paper towel to clean up the kitchen counters, stove or for hand drying consider investing in dish towels instead. They can always be washed and reused. Save a tree. Plant a tree.


Fresh smells

  • To freshen a room instead of using spray or plug ins, use essential oils. Essential oils are plant oils that are super concentrated. There are many different types of oil. I use lavender most of the time as it's my favourite. A couple of drops in the corner of a room will make all of the difference. Use it in a diffuser or put a few drops on your pillow for a good night sleep. Find them at the health food store.


Green Poll

What "greening" methods do you use?

  • Blue box recycling(plastics, paper)
  • Clothes to a second hand store etc
  • Dry clothes outside during the Summer
  • kitchen scraps(no meat)to the garden
  • All of the above
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There you have it. I'm sure that you're already using some of these tips or maybe all of them. Kudos to you then. Keep it green.

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Koby 7 years ago from Ohio

Very nice suggestions!

I would appreciate a heading above each bullet point, just because it helps me see what tip i'm going to be reading about next.


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Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks for stopping by and for your suggestion. Did it!!


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Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

I'm going to try these cleaning ideas, not only for the "green" uses, but for the fact that they don't have all the chemicals and fragrance in them. Thank you for another great hub!


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rosariomontenegro 7 years ago from NEW YORK

Thanks for the soap&vinegar recipe!

What would you use for tub drains? I've tried enzymes but they don't work, always have to go back to the harsh liquidplumber or some other drano.

Thank you!


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Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dink96~ I use all of these so not just bs. Thanks for your comment and you're welcome.

rosariom~ Off the top maybe it's blocked with hair and soap scum. This is yucky to do but works. You'll need an old rag to wipe the stuff that comes out of the drain onto the rag and gloves. Get a long piece of wire(from a wire hanger, open it up) and insert it into the drain. Try to pull out anything that is tied up around the trap. Keep doing it until you get out everything. Depending on how clogged it is it will take you some time. You might have to use the plunger if there's still water in there.

Hope this works for you. Thanks for reading. The pleasure is all mine.


LeeKim 7 years ago

Great tips as usual :)


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Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LeeKim~ thank you.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I like all your great tips and info. I'm really just stopping by to say howdy! Howdy!


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Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Micky Dee~ Howdy and thank you.

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