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10 Green Living Tips to Get Ready for Summer
With summer almost here, many of us are feeling the pressure to get our homes ready for this season. There always seems to be a million things to do. However, this year, consider the following green living tips when you’re gearing up for summer. By living green, we can all do our part to keep the planet healthy and give our children more to look forward to.
Getting ready for summer provides us a number of opportunities for doing so too. Best of all, none of these tips for living green need to provide you with lackluster results. You’ll still be just as ready for summer as ever, but you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you did right by the earth too.
Get the Whole Family Involved
First, know that none of these green living tips should be taken on by you and you alone. Sometimes all the work for getting the house ready falls to just one family member. But these green living tips are best shared with everyone. For one thing, it’s only fair that everyone do their part. But an equally important lesson to teach your children is about the importance of the environment and what we can do to keep it healthy. So get everyone involved if for no other reason than because it will teach your children a better way to live.
Go Green with Your Garden
You might be thinking that your garden is already as green as it gets, but that might not necessarily be the case. When you begin planting and working on it this year, be sure you choose options for fertilizer, pest control, etc. that will respect the environment you’re growing from. Many name brand options may get the job done on the face of things, but actually end up hurting the environment in the long run.
Other green living tips have to do with what you plant and what you harvest. Consider planting vegetables in your garden that you can actually eat in the home. This is a great way to ensure your whole family gets the healthy servings of vegetables they need. It also makes sure you are eating the healthiest kind (as opposed to those grown on industrial farms). Lastly, you’re doing the environment a huge favor with these types of green living tips because countless gallons of gasoline aren’t being burnt to bring them to your dinner table.
Build a Rain Reservoir
You’ll need to check with your local authorities to make sure they’re okay with this one, but you building a rain reservoir is one of these green living tips that seems so obvious when you think about it.
Consider how much water you use to keep your lawn healthy. Probably a lot, right? Not only does that water need to come from the environment, but you also need to pay a substantial amount for it. But why do that when mother nature will give you what you need.
Collect the rain that falls onto your roof and you’ll have water on hand the next time you want to wash your car or need to water the grass because of a drought. Not only will you save the environment, but your money too!
Use Newspaper to Clean Your Windows
This one may sound like one of our craziest green living tips, but give it a try. Newspapers nowadays don’t run because of the anti-smear ink they use. This makes newspapers become the perfect way to get your glass windows flawless without spending extra cash. Then recycle these newspapers and you’ve cleaned your home and helped the environment.
Fresh Lemons Are Great for a Fresh Smell
Everyone has company over in the summer, but after months of keeping the windows closed, you might be worried about the smell. So, first, air out the place. Then, mix about half a lemon’s worth of juice in a spray bottle and get to work.
Reuse Your Sponges
No matter what kind of cleaning you plan on doing to get ready for summer, chances are they’ll involve sponges. But most people tend to buy new ones once theirs appear to be saturated with bacteria. Instead, soak yours in cold, salt water for a couple hours. This will kill off these germs and save you money at the same time.
Choose Vinegar for Your Floors
After months of tracking in snow and then the mud of spring, it’s time to tackle those floors. Instead of expensive cleaning options that are all kinds of bad for the environment, though, make a half-and-half mixture of white vinegar and water. This cheap solution will make anything but porous stone floors spotless.
Now for the Carpets
Your carpets will need love too for the same reason. You can easily deodorize them with baking soda. Sprinkle it on top, wait a night and then vacuum it up. You’ll notice the difference immediately.
Kill Off Mold the Green Way
Over the course of the winter and spring, chances are your house had plenty of opportunities to allow mold to build up. Mold loves the moisture that becomes available throughout the year and the stale air of the winter can be perfect for it. While mold is certainly unattractive, the truth is that it can actually affect your family’s health too if they breathe it in. So take care of mold easily with borax and vinegar. Mix together a half cup of each with a fourth a cup of warm water. Then pour the result into a spray bottle and apply it to any moldy surface you find.
Recycle for Cleaning Materials
One of our green living tips already covered how to get second life from sponges. But you probably use all kinds of extra cleaning materials too. Instead of buying costly paper towels that will just wind up in the garbage, take the time to go through your family’s clothing, find shirts, socks and other items you no longer wear and turn them into cleaning rags.
Green Living Tips for Every Pocket
See? We told you these green living tips could be both good for the environment and your pocketbook. Plus, they’ll all produce the finished product you want: a house ready for summer.