In honor of Earth Day we thought we would post a handful of useful tips related to the various services we review and compare here at NextAdvisor. The great news is that most of these techniques will not only reduce your impact on the environment but are also make your daily life easier.
Your kitchen seems to be the one room in your house where all the actions takes place! It plays host to family meals where memories are made, girls’ nights in where the wine and gossip flows, and late night cocoa where bad dreams are calmed and little ones nestle close for comfort.
For years you've lived the green life — from energy efficient lightbulbs to growing your own veggies to reusable diapers. Now you're ready to step it up by building an LEED home.
First off, it's a great time to enter LEED living. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently updated the requirements for becoming LEED certified. They call the requirements "LEED v4." One of the aims of the update is to make the process easier. Not that the requirements are less stringent, just more of a streamlined process and less paperwork.
Making your home a little greener doesn’t have to take a lot of time and effort. Some green methods are more expensive and time-consuming than others, of course (think solar panels), but there are plenty of options for the average environmentally-aware American.
Sometimes conventional cleaning methods are just not worth the risk. Big cleaning supply companies don’t want you to know this, but aside from the fancy perfumes and aromas they stuff in those things, they also put ammonia, 2-butoxyethanol, ethoxylated nonyl phenol, methylene chloride, naphthalene, silica, toluene, xylene and others. These are all harsh and dangerous chemicals that should be avoided at all costs; especially when they are so many wonderful alternatives available. Now, you might be asking yourself – how can grapefruit and common household salt help me, while tested and proven commercial cleaning detergents cannot. Well, for one grapefruit possesses a special ingredient that is both good for your health and good for cleaning bathtubs – I am of course talking about citric acid. This naturally occurring chemical is just what almost every concerned housekeeper is looking for. Sure it can get rather expensive (compared to regular cleaning detergents, this will cost you a hefty bundle), but by using grapefruit, at least you know exactly what you are putting near you. Let’s follow a step-by-step tutorial of how to clean your bathtub effectively, without using any nasty detergents what so ever (feel free to apply this method to other parts of the bathroom; like the tap and the toilet bowl.
Having fresh air indoors is extremely important for human beings just as it is important for animals and plants. You can only benefit by providing clean and toxic-free air at home. Many chronic illnesses like asthma can be irritated and worsened if there is not enough oxygen in the room. Household cleaners that we tend to use to remove dust and dirt are loaded with harsh chemicals that have a bad impact on us. They can cause skin and lung irritations and are generally hazardous.