Going Green the Cliff Notes #2

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With Earth Day approaching this month I want everyone to have the tools to a Greener life.  I know that if it is easy and cheap more people will make changes.  Every little bit helps.  Really!  I will say it again….EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!  So please join me and do what you can.   I’ll show that it can be easy and even help you save money!

My tips and ideas will fall under one or more of the following categories:

  • Free
  • inexpensive
  • will save you a lot over time
  • can be started immediately
  • can be started today after a little prep work

Today’s Cliff Notes:  Going Green in the Bathroom

  1. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.  Keep a glass in the bathroom to fill up and rinse with.  Save:  Water and money on your water bill.
  2. If you don’t have a dual flush toilet you can fill up a water bottle with sand or pebbles and place it in the tank of the toilet.  Place it away from all moving mechanisms.  This will displace water to use less when flushing.  Save:  Water and your Water Bill.
  3. Make your own natural non-toxic tub, toilet and all-purpose cleaners.  Use 1 part white distilled vinegar to 3 parts water.  If you need an abrasive for cleaning tub, toilet, or sink use baking soda.  Sprinkle over surface and scrub using a rag and elbow grease.  Save:  Money on multiple and harmful chemical products.
  4. Designate a few rags for the bathroom.  Use old stained or worn out clothes or any fabrics  items that are no longer useful for their original purpose.  Save:  Money on cleaning tools such as sponges, etc.
  5. Hang up your towel after you shower and use more than once.  Save:  Water and Electricity preventing extra wash.
  6. Try the “No-poo” method to clean your hair.  All you need is baking soda, apple cider vinegar and a cup.   I must admit that I tried this for about 10 days which is not long enough and gave up because of the way it changed my hair.  However, I will try it again because everything I have read says to give it more time to work out the amounts of baking soda/ vinegar you need.   Save:  Cost of shampoo and conditioner.
  7. Or make your own  natural shampoo.
  8. Make your natural deodorant.
  9. Use a Shower Curtain/liner that is all in one.  You can use a recycled polyester curtain  but new polyester curtains will last a long time too and are still a great Green option.  These are usually what you find in hotels.  They are machine washable.   Have you ever smelled the awful chemical smell that permeates the room when you open a new vinyl liner.  That just can’t be good for you.
  10. Natural drain cleaners:  homemade recipe   or try the Zip it.

Today’s Challenge:  Do one new thing to save water and one new thing to reduce the amount of chemicals going down the drain. 

Let’s Go Green!

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