Homes need regular cleaning, maintenance and attention to look good, however the tasks involved can sometimes be too much. Despite that however we are too much conditioned to use commercial cleaning products which indeed get the job done, but often contain hazardous chemicals. The following article aims to give you some insight into possible solutions and alternatives to these with some easy to make at home cleaning products. We start with the subject of:
Cleaning Glass Surfaces
The first thing you have to keep in mind are the window cleaners using ammonia. You really don't want to have those around your home so you can do better than that by getting two simple ingredients in combination. Just get some lemon juice and mix it up with about a liter (half a galon) of water and use that mix to wipe your windows clean. You can also use some good rags or even a cotton t-shirt to dry them off so you won't have to throw away newspapers and other disposable cleaning materials.... read more
For such a long time, recycling has been a major subject in almost every sector. Both government and private sectors have promoted recycling in an effort protect our natural resources. Instead of throwing away garbage which can accumulate and turn into a big disaster, many people have shown support by practicing recycling.
Recycling is the process of turning garbage into reusable products. This form of green initiative can help lessen the amount of trashes thrown in landfills. Fact is there are notable benefits we all can get from recycling. One good example of these benefits is getting hold of new household products without the need to shell out certain amount of cash. Wonder what household items you can get from your garbage?... read more
As we all know, going green is widely promoted today in an effort to save the planet. That is why a lot of people exert notable effort to show their support on this initiative. In different places, such as schools, workplaces, private establishments, public areas and at home, green awareness is a critical issue being discussed.
But green campaign is not just for adults. Even little children can take part in this campaign. In their own little ways, their small efforts can make a big difference in the environment. All it takes is proper guidance and lots of patience to impart the true meaning of this advocacy. There is no better place to learn green campaign than at home. Thus, it is wise to teach simple green practices right in your own dwelling - which children consider as safe haven.... read more
Aside from recycling and reducing your food waste, you can also help the environment by installing the right appliances around your home. Not only do they save mother Earth, they actually save you real money! Here are some ideas for every room inside your house.... read more
With the arrival of fall, many people think all hope is lost for having a garden this year because it's far too late to get started.
Fortunately for all of the late bloomers out there, that couldn't be further from the truth! In fact, if you don't start now, you'll likely miss out on gardening next year.
In actuality, autumn is the perfect time to begin making plans for next year's planting. And why wouldn't you ponder planting your own garden when you consider all of the benefits?
For example, growing your own food allows you to save money because you are literally cutting out every middleman along the way: there's no extra green standing between you and your greens!... read more
When it comes to clearing your home out before a big move, many of us simply do not know where to begin. There are huge piles of items everywhere, not to mention furniture, white goods and other electronics. There are those drawers and cupboards we haven’t looked at in years and garages that are piled high with long forgotten things. Making a start is hard enough as we look to box up items that we think we will not need for a while. Our list will hopefully give you a little head start in your house clearance.
Donate to Charity
We all have lots of old clothes, videos, kitchen utensils amongst other things that we no longer use or need. But there are lots of charities around the country who are crying out for generous donations like these. When you are organising your belongings ahead of the big move, make a pile for charity donation and in this way you will not have to take a lot of items you no longer need with you. Not only that but you will get a great sense of satisfaction by helping those less fortunate than yourself by donating.... read more
Recently I have started to cut down on the amount of junk and clutter in my home. I realized that not only was I living an unhealthy life style but my living was also unsustainable. The way I was living was hurting me, my family and the environment. That is when I knew I had to do something about it. In my journey to sustainability I have uncovered several areas in which I needed to improve. Perhaps you can improve these same areas in your life?
Garbage, garbage everywhere – The first thing that I found out was really negatively effecting my family was the clutter. We had boxes piled up everywhere, a garage full to the brim, extra parts and do dads lying around on the floors and so on. It was one step short of hording and it was killing us. We had to make paths through the junk to even move and it made us all feel very bad. Not only was it hard to move in the house but it was also dusty, dirty and hard to look at. You never wanted to sit in the housebecause you had to look at junk. We would also often lose things and have to buy replacements for things we already have. It was very frustrating and expensive. Even in the kitchen lost items like pots and pans made cooking hard and forced us to eat out or buy prepared meals far more often than we really should have needed to. It was hard on all of us and we seemed to be stuck in a cycle. Whenever something new would come into the house there would be no where to put it so it would just add to the junk. It was kind of like a messy store. Who cares if you drop something where there is already a mess? However if you keep things clean messes seem to stand out and need to be cleaned up. Gradually we have cut down on the junk in our house. It has been hard and is still a work in progress as we try to clean out all the boxes and make room for the stuff that needs to be kept. We went through ten boxes this weekend and two of those were kept because they were board games we had been looking for. The rest were junky toys my kids had long grown out of, old clothes and purses and things like that. We gave the good things away and trashed the rest. It might not have made a huge dent in the mess but with a big project like this one you have to take it one step at a time. I have also reduced clutter by dealing with new thingsright away. Instead of letting mail pile up on the table I go through it and take the bills out to pay them and throw the rest of the mail away.... read more
For more than 100 years, health officials have linked asbestos to a number of serious and life-threatening diseases. Many other diseases are loosely associated with asbestos exposure, but without an official correlation.
While incidence rates for most of these illnesses have been slowly declining, there are still thousands of diagnoses made each year in the United States.
Most asbestos-related diseases, such as malignant mesothelioma, affect the respiratory system. The fibers often enter the body through inhalation, and the esophagus and lungs are the first organs the fibers reach.
However, the lymphatic system can transport fibers to other parts of the body, where they can cause similar carcinogenic processes.... read more
Yes, it's that time again! It's our GREEN BACK-TO-SCHOOL giveaway!! We have teamed up with our awesome friends at New Wave Enviro!
Say good-bye to brown-bagged lunches, Ziplocs, and other single-use lunchtime products this year and go litter-free with the Litter-Free Lunch Kit! This fantastic Litter-Free Lunch Kit contains an insulated lunch box, a beverage container, and 4 snack/sandwich containers. I have one myself and I absolutely love it. We use it for picnics, day trips, school, camping - you name it.
This year, your kid can go back to school KEEN and GREEN by winning this fantastic lunch kit.
A "green roof," simply put, is a roof that has been turned into a garden. Unlike a simple "rooftop garden," where the garden is in containers or only takes up a small patch of the roof, with a green roof, the garden covers the entire roof. The roof gets sealed and covered with a waterproof membrane, something that facilitates vegetation (like soil) is spread and vegetation gets planted. Some people choose to build rooftop ponds to help them treat their grey water. This is another type of green roof.