Instant Updates to Kitchens and Baths for a Greener Home
It’s the start of 2019 and there’s never been a better time to Go Green. There’s never been a more pressing time, either, given the EPA’s recent analysis of climate change. While there are many big picture solutions that require government level attention, there are still a multitude of things you can do from the comfort of your own home to reduce the carbon footprint. The awesome news that goes with it? You can do that and give your home a little sprucing up at the same time. Focusing on the kitchen, laundry, and bath (where most of our water usage and waste occurs) here are two simple shifts you can make right now to brighten your abode that are eco-friendly.
Dispense with the Dispensers
This seems like a no-brainer, but switching out your disposable soap dispenser in the kitchen and bath for a decorative, reusable dispenser makes a world of difference in aesthetic and waste. It’s an inexpensive way to add a little personalization or pop of color to your sinks, and because you’re no longer needing to replace the soap dispenser every time it’s empty, you can now buy your soaps in BULK, which automatically cuts down on wasted packaging. You can do this with any soap from dish, to hand, to body wash, or even facial cleanser. You could even go the extra mile and grab one of those fancy drink dispensers for easy laundry detergent dispensing.
Ditch the Disposables
We are a disposable generation. Meaning everything can be made into a one-use product. Cotton balls, paper towels, coffee, dryer sheets, plates, cups, and utensils and the list goes on and on. And the trouble is, these habits have been so ingrained in us that it feels impossible to break them. But it isn’t. Start by switching these disposable products for their reusable counterpart:
Cotton Rounds – especially if you wear make-up, these little babies cost less than $10, can be washed and reused forever and always, and if you’re impressed by that sort of thing, come with cute designed storing cases. Or you can pop over to a home furnishings store and find decorative storage containers for your clean and dirty rounds. Made from the more sustainable bamboo plant, these rounds will save you money in the long run and reduce your waste instantly.
Wool Dryer Balls – Never will you have to risk the static cling of a load sans dryer sheets. Wool dryer balls reduce drying time (energy saving) and are completely reusable (waste saving). You can store them in a decorative bin to add a little life to your laundry shelves.
Tea Towels – Paper towels are about the only thing good at getting grease out of a pan. Grease shouldn’t go down your sink, so it should avoid your washer and dryer too, right? There are many brands that make a disposable paper towel from recycled products or are in some way “sustainable”. But paper towels can be replaced by good quality microfiber cloths, textured kitchen cloths, or decorative tea towels. From major spills to drying fruits and veggies, you can add some personality to your kitchen with some kitschy towels and keep messes at bay with a set of cleaning cloths. If you want a really budget friendly way of doing this, plain tea towels torn into quarters for cleaning the countertops, microwave, stove, and sink can cost less than a dollar. Anything absorbent will do for your kitchen and bathroom sanitation.
Go Green, Stay Green
While you’re switching things up, go ahead and get rid of anything toxic used to clean your home and your body. Switching to all green cleaning products keeps our water and sewers clean and their production draws from renewable resources. There are a variety of brands to try and choose from, so you needn’t feel limited in your options. Make 2019 the year your make your reduced carbon mark.