If you are like many people, you try and avoid using harsh chemicals to keep your home clean. However, rising prices and a struggling economy can make it difficult to afford the “green” cleaners with the higher price tag. You may find yourself buying affordable cleaners that contain potentially dangerous chemicals. While this may not be your first choice of cleaning, you need a clean home, right? Fortunately, there are better alternatives for cleaning products than the ones filled with harsh, dangerous chemicals.
If you need an all-purpose cleaner, try mixing some common, household items to create a cleaner that is safe and works. Borax, vinegar, and washing soda are much safer than many of the cleaning products on the market. Mixed with hot water and castile soap, you can create an all-purpose cleaner for everyday use.
Vinegar and water mixed in equal parts will also create a safe, efficient cleaner. Read more
Have you ever thought about what you are putting on your home’s surfaces when you clean?
The next time you spray your counters or tabletops with a cleaner, take the time to read the ingredients. Chances are that you will have no clue what all of the ingredients are, and probably will not be able to say a variety of them.
Do you worry about overloading your home and your family with too many chemicals – all for the sake of a clean home? A closer look at a few common ingredients will reveal what your cleaners are made of.
Ammonia is a chemical found in various cleaners. When it is mixed with bleach, it can form a poisonous gas. It can cause burning of the eyes, nose, and mouth. It can even cause damage to your kidneys and liver. Read more
Recycling has become a huge part of society. The world is always looking for a “greener” way to live. Finding other uses for common items is one way of accomplishing this task.
For example, using empty food containers, like butter bowls, for storage is an easy way to avoid throwing the empty container into a landfill. You can give it new life by using it for storing leftovers or other items.
One item you may not think twice about throwing away is a toilet paper roll. There are actually many uses for discarded toilet paper roll.
Use the roll to hold your pantyhose. The roll will protect your hose from runs and tears. They also make it easy for travel. Read more
As the leaves start to change, and the daily temperatures remain at an all-time high here in Colorado, it’s hard to imagine waking up to snow and frost. But as we all know, that will soon be the case. With winter comes freezing temperatures and with those cold temps, your plumbing is at risk. When the weather becomes cold enough to freeze, if your plumbing is not protected, it can freeze, too. It can be very frustrating to turn on your water, only to discover that nothing comes out because it is frozen. The following tips will help you prepare your plumbing for the freezing temperatures that are soon to come.
Insulate any unprotected pipes, such as in your garage or basement. This layer of insulation will help protect your pipes from freezing. You can even find heated insulation that will keep your pipes warm, even through the coldest weather. If you do not have access to pipe insulation, you can use rags and newspapers to help protect the exposed pipes. Read more
Low flow toilets help save water, an important feature in a world that is intent on “living green”. Low flow toilets use less water to flush waste and, over time, these toilets can save thousands of gallons of water. However, low flow toilets are not without their problems. The problems arise from the feature that makes these toilets popular – low flow.
Low flow toilets can have various problems. The most significant problem occurs when the toilet fails to flush away all the waste because there is not enough “oomph” due to the lower level of water. The simple fix is to flush the toilet again, but that defeats the purpose of the low flow toilet. Read more
When do you start looking for a plumber? It’s usually at a time when you need them the most.
When something goes wrong with your plumbing, it usually happens in a big way. Even the most minor repairs can require immediate help, especially if you are not handy with a wrench.
But how do you choose when the water is flowing all around you, or your sewer is backed up? Instead of relying on the first number you find, keep these tips in mind. There are plenty of plumbers available and as long as you know what to look for in a plumber, you will be able to choose the best one for your repairs. Read more
You’ve probably heard the term “carbon footprint”. And most likely you know a few ways to reduce your own footprint by reducing energy consumption and carbon emission.
But what about your “water footprint”? A water footprint is the amount of water needed to produce a particular product. For example, while a small cup of coffee may not seem like it uses much water, the truth is that it takes about 40 gallons of water to get that coffee into your hand.
Make sense? If not, think about it like this – the coffee has to be grown, as well as be processed in a plant. All of these processes require water usage. A products water footprint is simply the amount of water required to turn the raw product into the finished product in your home. Read more
One of the toughest stains and smells to fight comes from mildew. The dark, ugly spots and stains seem to find their way to every area that has even the tiniest bit of moisture. Bathrooms are a prime location for mildew to grow because of the moist and often warm environment. Clothes are another target – ever forget a load of laundry in the wash? It can take many washes just to remove the odor and chances are that you will still have to toss a few items.
Fortunately, there are ways to fight mildew and keep it from taking over your home.
Rub leather items that smell of mildew with an alcohol solution. Using a rag soaked in a two-parts water and one-part alcohol mixture might save your leather items. Just rub the items down with the rag and repeat until the odor is eliminated. Or seek help from a professional leather cleaner.
Ventilating your bathroom with an exhaust fan will remove the excess moisture created from steamy baths and showers. Mildew doesn’t thrive in dry areas, so the drier you can keep your bathroom, the better. Read more
You carbon footprint is the environmental impact of carbon emissions released by one company, household or individual through day-to-day activities over a given period of time.
Because carbon footprint makes the news almost every day, people are looking for ways to live a little bit more green. From the big changes to the little ones, every change helps make the environment safer and healthier for society.
If living a green life seems confusing and you find yourself unsure of where to start, start small. Reducing your carbon footprint, even by the tiniest bit, does not have to be complicated. And even the smallest of steps can make a big impact on the environment if everyone is doing their share.
Instead of heating up your water, use the cold water instead. Using cold water for washing clothes, for example, cleans them just as well, and reduces the amount of energy you consume heating water. Read more