how to make your home eco-friendly this spring

Posted by Meg Gannon on Sep 14, 2018 10:37:07 AM

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Spring is finally here! It’s time for warmer weather, flowers blooming, and our annual Spring clean.

Here are some ways you can make your home more eco-friendly this Spring!

Start using Natural Ingredients
We love a good Spring clean out. But some of cleaning products we’ve been using have some seriously nasty chemicals in them that are no good for us or the environment. Try using things that you already have in your pantry. Instead of using bleach and other chemicals, use ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and tea tree oil. They’re much safer for us to use, and so much healthier for the environment. If you do want to use proper cleaning products, go for the most natural, environmentally friendly ones. Steer clear from anything that says “poison” or “danger” on the labels. And anything with petrochemicals or artificial scents are a big no-no.

Plant a garden
Spring is a time for growth and is the best time of year to start creating that beautiful garden bed or vegetable patch you’ve been dreaming of. Growing your own fruit and veggies means you avoid the chemicals that grocers use on their products to clean them and repel insects. You’ll save a fortune on groceries if you can grow your own. Also consider starting your own compost this Spring. Composts can be made from food scraps, ground coffee, egg shells, plant clippings and recycled paper products. Composts help cultivate plant growth and will reduce the amount of waste you throw into the bin without thinking. If composting isn’t your thing, head down to your closest nursery and pick up some natural fertiliser to help start your garden. And get growing!

Let the fresh air in
With the warm weather coming, that means the heater we’ve been perched next to for 6 months goes back in the garden shed. But instead of replacing non-stop heater use with non-stop air conditioner use, why don’t you just open a window? You’ll save hundreds on electricity bills, and one less electrical appliance being used does a whole lot of good for the environment. And with all those new flowers blooming, not only will you feel the benefits of all that fresh air, you’ll also have an all-natural, organic air freshener flowing through your house.

Decrease your appliance usage
Unfortunately for us, our most handy appliances, like our clothes dryer, are secret energy thieves. Not to mention, they are super expensive to use consistently. As the weather gets warmer, there is really no need to use the clothes dryer if you have a clothes line. Save your money and save the environment by washing your clothes first thing in the morning, and put that washing line to good use. If you don’t have a washing line in your place already, make do with some furniture that won’t be ruined by wet clothes. There are so many alternatives to using a clothes dryer, all you have to do is get creative.

Being environmentally friendly during Spring can be so easy! Take advantage of the warmer weather to kick some environment-saving goals this Spring. Good luck!

Topics: environment, sustainable

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