In the process of living a greener life, we made simple changes at home. We noticed that 3 rooms are consuming more plastic, more chemicals and more waste that the others:
How can we make these rooms more eco-friendly? How can we reduce our water consumption? How to reduce the use of chemicals in cleaning and body care products?
Let’s start with the laundry room. With 3 sporty kids I made my laundry as comfortable and efficient as possible, knowing that we will spend a lot of time in that room.
Here are some tips for an eco-friendly laundry room
Wait for having a full load of clothes before washing – you will wash less often
Cold water works well
Cut down the drying time and/or Use the sun’s warmth to dry/hang your clothes in spring and summer.
Use eco-friendly detergent or make your own. You can find many recipes and resources online but one of my favorites, when I use the dryer is the dryer balls (you can make them out of 100%wool or buy some a local market) to which I add lavender essential oil, it leaves your clothes soft, fresh and lightly scented.
In the bathroom, we over-consume water and create a lot of waste.
Here are some ideas to start with:
Buy a low-flow shower head
Check if your toilet has a link. My 7th grader did it for a school science project. Easy, educational and efficient.
Go back to soap bars – make your own or buy them from local market –
Switch your “Make up remover pads” with reusable and washable pads – a life changer!
Read the label of your skin care products – go with organic, natural and petrochemical/paraben free and cruelty free brands – you can also read more about natural oil, like almond or jojoba oil and replace cleanser, toner, eye cream, day and night cream, serum…at once.
Let’s finish with the kitchen. A lot is going on there, but there are a lot of little changes that you can make to contribute to a more sustainable living, especially in terms of cleaning products.
The DIY is not the answer to everything,
but everybody knows the power of vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. I did not try any DIY recipe for cleaning my house, but I switched to chemical free brands and use less products. I like the mix lemon juice and hot water to swipe my counter tops regularly and get fresh air every day by opening my windows, shine or rain.
Declutter your cabinets - make them simple and accessible - The blender that is behind the platter, behing the glass containers will not be used often, and you might even forget about its existence.
Replace your sponges with crochet scrubbies that you can wash and reuse
Don't forget to empty, rinse and dry your recyclable containers before trow them in the recycle bin.
Replace plastic bags with reusable snacks pouch.
“This story was first published in Issaquah Highlands’ Connections news, July 2019”
Cleanser - I use it morning and night - (Source: "Homemade Beauty" by Anne Strole)
Mix and store in a recycled glass container
½ cup of liquid castile soap
¼ cup of distilled water
½ lemon juice
Food wraps -
Cut out 100% cotton fabric squares/rectangles with pinking shears.
Sprinkle organic Beewax pellets over the fabric
Let it melt in the oven at 185*F(less than 5 minutes) on the baking sheet covered with parchment paper
Spread the Beewax out using a paintbrush
Hang the food wrap up and let it dry
Clean them up under cold water after use.
Hi, I am Aline
Eco- Lifestyle and Mindset Coach.
I help eco-conscious people simplify and "green" their lifestyle, so they can thrive, make meaningful decisions while making tangible impact in the world.
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