With the significant impact our Urban Environment has on climate change, it has become more important for every household to make changes to help our environment and future. While big changes are important, the small changes can make as much of an impact over time. Let’s take a look at the three big changes you can make to help - Changing up your cleaning products, making eco-friendly food choices, and everyday eco-friendly living.
One thing Kellee and I agree on - cleaning with vinegar and baking soda is the best choice you can make for supporting a healthy home and a healthy planet. When I first started cleaning with vinegar I was nervous - would my home smell like salad dressing? I quickly learned that the smell of vinegar disappears almost as the surface dries - despite years of cleaning with my trusty spray bottle filled with vinegar and water, my house just smells fresh and clean.
Cleaning with vinegar is easy - start with your daily disinfectant spray bottle. You can even re-use an old bottle from a less eco-friendly product (no sense in wasting the plastic!). Fill the bottle halfway with white vinegar, and the rest of the way with water. Now you’re all set to use that to clean anywhere you would have used a chemical laden spray previously.
If you’re worried about the vinegar smell, you can also pop a few citrus peel into the bottle. Various essential oils can also help reduce the smell, as well as add a bit of cleaning power of their own.
Another addition you can make to boost your cleaning power is baking soda - the reaction that occurs between baking soda and vinegar can be used to scrub showers clean, deodorize and clean your kitchen garbage disposal, and cut grease on stovetops. Start by sprinkling the area you want to clean with baking soda and then spraying on your vinegar mixture - scrub until the fizzing stops and rinse clean with water.
Finally, while I know there are a ton of options for home made recipes for laundry detergent and dish soap, I’ve found that many brands are now stepping in to fill the void of eco-friendly options to help save me time and effort with these more complicated solutions. I really love Common Good and the Grove Collaborative because they have great products with refillable packaging - so I reduce the amount of plastics I use in addition to cleaning with the environment in mind.
We all have to eat daily, and the choices you make matter - from the grocery store to eating out. I know there are dozens of ways you can make eco-friendly food choices, but I like to stick to these 5 rules whenever I make food choices:
As you go through each day, pause and ask yourself if there was a choice you made that could have been changed to help the environment more. Be willing to research and make changes, and you’ll be surprised what can help. These are some daily changes I’ve made to help:
What are some of your favorite easy changes to help the environment?