Easy Steps To A Greener Home

Sat, Oct 4, 2008

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Green HomeWhen you switch to green cleaning, there are easy steps to a greener home that will make the transition simple. You can make a gradual switch that will help you to avoid creating a pile of toxic waste from the stash of toxic cleaners that you already have in your home. There are three main steps to take when you switch to green cleaning.

The first of the steps to a greener home is to use up or get rid of the harsh cleaners and other toxic household solutions that you have in your home. Most municipalities have guidelines on how to get rid of household toxins safely and may even have an annual toxins drop off day for receiving household toxins. Your municipality will offer a guide to the safe disposal of household toxins.

The best thing to do is to gradually use up what you have, give it away or in some cases, let it dry up before disposal. This way, you can avoid adding to the liquid toxic soup that is already present in the local toxic dump. Do not just pour it down the drain and never use or pour a toxic chemical onto land. It will seep into the underground water system. When you know which chemicals that your municipality takes, you can box the remaining cleaners and store the box safely until the next drop off day.

The second step is about replacing your harsh formulas with mild and environmentally friendly cleaning products. As you use up the toxic cleaners that are present in your home, you can replace the toxic cleaners with non toxic formulas that you have purchased or made yourself. You can buy non toxic cleaners that have different qualities such as biodegradable, natural, recycled and sustainable.

If you choose to make your own cleaners, write the ingredients and the date that the formula was made on the label. Use tight fitting lids for the containers in which you put your formulas. You will make the process even greener when you use recycled containers or sturdy containers for your formulas.

The final step involves changing your attitude as a consumer. The next time that you are at the store for a household solution, choose only those products which are environmentally friendly. Avoid buying toxic formulas or if you must buy some, choose the smallest quantity. Most of us have such large quantities of poisons in our home, when we really only use such a small bit at a time. When you always choose the most environmentally friendly option, you know that you are making the most green choice possible at the time.

Great green innovations are always just around the corner now as more people begin to notice how much their own actions affect the health of the planet and all its inhabitants and want to make the switch to a greener lifestyle. When you take these easy steps to a greener home, you will feel more confident that your housecleaning methods are good for you, your family and the environment.

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