The main purpose of house cleaning is, of course, to keep our home environment clean and in order. However, our role does not end there. As home owners we also need to do conscious efforts so as to help our struggling environment – to sustain it for the generations to come.
Sustainable living definitely sounds overwhelming at first. But this is actually not totally difficult as it sounds. Making few changes in the family’s lifestyle and purchases can truly make great impact – plus it helps lower the expenses at home too!
Here are 5 Sustainable Living Tips that you can do on your household:
Here are some super easy sustainable living tips that you and your family can do to make your home earth-friendly and cost-effective.
- Use old fabrics instead of purchasing disposable towels. Instead of hoarding paper towels from the grocery, make use of the family’ old fabrics for cleaning. For sure, you have stacks of old clothes, towels, and other textiles that you no longer use. Cut them into pieces, turn them into rags, before buying new ones.
- Wear clothes more than once. Calm down, wearing your clothes more than once is not as gruesome as it sounds. Clothes that are worn next to your body is best to wash after wearing however second layer or outer clothes like jackets can be used more than once before throwing them into the washer. Save water and soap. If it’s not totally dirty, reuse it – of course, those sweaty workout clothes are not included.
- Unplug appliances when not in use. We’ve been constantly reminded to unplug our appliances when they’re not in use – but do we actually do it? Turning off the lights during day time and allowing natural lights to get inside the house will truly help you save extra money for electricity. Not only that, adjusting thermostat, shutting down computers, and unplugging other appliances that are not in use will surely help decrease you monthly consumption. Two birds in one stone – help the environment, save money.
- Reusable Shopping Bags Lots of stores are actually supporting this green movement – of reusing shopping bags – by giving discounts to those who bring their own tote bags or shopping bags when shopping. So why not take this opportunity to save money and reduce trash?
- Buy natural (eco-friendly) toys for your children. Billions of toys are being produced each year – and most of them are made of plastic that never fully biograde. So why let the environment suffer when your child can experience the same fun with natural or eco-friendly toys like wooden toys? They are safer, healthier, and more durable than the plastic ones. You may as well teach you kids to tinker by allowing them to create toys of their own using some materials at home that you no longer use – bottle caps, blocks, cups, and whatever materials are available as long as they are not sharp and harmful for children.
Keep in mind that sustainability does not happen overnight. But every small step matters. Do what little you can and slowly create slight changes in the household. The next thing you knew, you’re already an eco-warrior.