St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th and what a good time to think about GOING GREEN! Wearing something green on this day is a tradition for the Irish and non-Irish alike, so why not go a step further and make your home more ecologically friendly. Here are some suggestions:

ELIMINATE TOXIC CHEMICALS IN YOUR HOME – Many household cleaning products contain chemicals that are hazardous to your health if you touch them or breathe in their fumes. You can save yourself from harm by using natural products.

Microfiber cloths will pick up 99% of most household germs, when used with water only.

A cup of vinegar in water will leave your chrome fixtures shining and is also good for cleaning windows.

Baking soda will remove stains on your dishes from tea or coffee and is great for cleaning your sink as well. Pour some vinegar down the drain after using it and watch the “fizzing” reaction.

Place an open packet of baking soda in your fridge and freezer to help eliminate odors.

Line the bottom of your stove with tin foil to make clean up easier.

SAVE WATER AND REDUCE BILLS – We are so fortunate to have a constant supply of clean water that we often forget how precious it is! Small things can make a big difference.

Install a low flush toilet and a reduced flow shower head in the bathroom.

Don’t run the tap non-stop when you’re brushing your teeth.

Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater for watering your garden and indoor plants.

Cut the grass LESS often. Keeping it a bit longer is actually a good way to choke out weeds.

REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE  – Think about what you buy and what you throw away.

Can you get a refill of something and fill up the bottle at home instead of buying another one? Repurpose items for another use.

Empty jars can be used to store everything from spare change, to craft supplies, to old batteries (please take these to the eco-station!).

Recycling is a MUST!! Once a month take your empty bottles to the bottle depot and collect some $$ cash. If you don’t love it – use it – or need it then GIVE IT AWAY.

You may not be Irish, but this year you can be more ecologically sensitive. GO GREEN!!

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