The choices you make each day mold your kids’ attitudes about conservation and green living. If you model the right behavior and buying patterns – and make green living a regular part of your life – your kids will naturally become adept at living with conservation in mind.
6 Ways to Promote Green Living at Home
Walk, bike or take public transportation: Spend some extra time getting to your destination by walking or riding a bike instead of firing up your own vehicle. Even if you live in an area that doesn’t allow easy walking, you could head into town, and then visit multiple destinations on foot.
Switch to sustainable power at home: While doing a full makeover to solar is expensive, you can still make smaller choices that have an impact on the environment and your kids. Opting for rechargeable batteries and choosing rechargeable appliances and gear encourages your kids to do the same.
Put the kids in charge: Put your child in charge of a recycling task at home. A child as young as 7 can be put in charge of hunting down old newspapers and magazines for the paper bin or policing the family to be sure plastics go into the right bin. Not only does giving this responsibility to a child teach them that recycling and being green matters, it gives them actual ownership of the process as well.
Buy green products: Change the products you use to maintain your home and the ones you use for personal care; opt for green or chemical free shampoos, soaps and counter cleaners and you’ll be building preferences that last a lifetime.
Talk it up: Make sure your kids understand why you are making the green choices you are – and point out what you are doing to become more environmentally in sync. Share why going green is important to you – and ask why it is important to them.
Choose media with a conscience: Include some green friendly films in your family movie night. Pixar’s Wall E promotes more responsible living, Rio portrays the dangers of life as an endangered species and Fly Away Home highlights the impact a single individual can have when they make an effort.
Support your efforts to go green at home by choosing an eco-friendly cleaning service, too! Mopfrog of Atlantic City is here to help you and your family clean up the natural way – and help you build great family habits that last a lifetime, too!
At some point the following thought has probably crossed your mind while cleaning your home: “Wow, I just used almost an entire roll of paper towel, a couple of those disposable—and expensive—floor cleaning pads, and at least a quarter tub of surface wipes. But hey, my house looks great!” The good news is that you can get that same sparkle without the waste by reusing old household items for cleaning. Mopfrog of Atlantic City offers tips to help you clean your home using environmentally friendly practices.
Dusting Blinds and Blades
Ceiling fan blades, mantles, and window blinds seem to pick up quite a bit of dust, but you don’t need to waste money on tools made specifically for cleaning these surfaces. Save the sock that is missing its mate, slip it over your hand, and quickly wipe away dust. For surfaces with residue or build up, dip the sock in a combination of coconut oil and vinegar to clean and polish.
Rather than throw newspaper in the recycle bin, let it stack up and reuse it to clean glass. A little spritz of vinegar and a few swipes with yesterday’s sports page will leave you with steak free windows. This method works for cleaning bathroom mirrors, chrome fixtures, and ceiling fan globes as well.
You can also use recycled products to clean floors. Cut old shirts into appropriate-sized rectangles and slip them onto the head of your floor cleaning pad. Cotton tees work well for dry dusting your hardwood and tile, while fleece sweatshirts or retired chenille sweaters have the bulk required for wet mopping floors.
Cleaning your bathroom might sound like a task for heavy-duty cleaning products, but it can glisten in minutes using only repurposed items.
- That old body pouf you were about to pitch will quickly wipe away soap scum on the shower walls. Multi-task by cleaning while you shower. Just before you are ready to rinse, give the shower walls a speedy scrub—the steam will have softened any soap build up.
- Recycle your toothbrush to tackle grime. Stained grout will look much better after a nice baking soda bath and a bit of elbow grease with a used toothbrush.
- Skip the countertop wipes. You can get gleaming counters in seconds with homemade, reusable, environmentally friendly cleaning wipes. Cut a worn bed sheet into squares; stack half of the cut material in a re-sealable container and cover with a solution of water mixed with a couple drops of mild detergent. Leave the remaining squares dry. Wipe the counter down with a wet cloth and then gently buff with a square from the dry stack for a residue-free surface.
The sponges you use to clean dishes can be reused to wipe down counters and stovetops. Just store them in a hydrogen peroxide bath to kill harmful bacteria. And keep the aluminum foil that covered your leftover supper—it can be used to scrub the casserole dish you baked it in.
Reduce your footprint while making your home cleaner and healthier with natural cleansers and repurposed cleaning tools. If you need some help putting these practices into place, call Mopfrog of Atlantic City today.