Simple Steps on What You Can Do to Make a Difference!
Wondering which wastes less water – a shower or a bath?
- Fix leaks. Even a small trickle adds up to gallons of water each week!
- Put mesh faucet ends (aerators) on all our faucets. This can cut water usage dramatically!
- Use a low-flow showerhead.
- Make sure you have an efficient water heater, and have it routinely serviced.
Speaking of bathrooms, the vinyl shower curtain, made entirely out of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), releases dioxins.
Dioxin is a known carcinogen that can disrupt hormonal systems and may cause reproductive and immune system damage. The type of plastics to be aware of is #3 plastic, vinyl, or PVC. Use a cotton or polyester shower curtain instead!
Which razor should I use?
What about my wardrobe?
- Use Daisy Blue Naturals handcrafted soaps for cleaning hands. Avoid antibacterial soaps at all costs. These soaps contain triethanolamine and triclosan and have been proven to cause more harm than good because they kill beneficial bacteria as well as the bad stuff and may be leading to super-strains of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
- Hot soapy water with the addition of our Antibacterial Sanitizer kills food-borne germs! It can also be used to sanitize your hands, cutting boards, knives, and any surfaces that have encountered eggs or raw meat. Wash for at least 20 seconds.
- Baking soda is a mild abrasive. It doesn’t scratch surfaces and it deodorizes. Baking soda can be mixed with the soap/water blend above or mixed with white vinegar.
- With more stainless-steel appliances being sold today, the need for a natural cleaner is needed. Use baking soda and scoop onto damp sponge. Rub the soda on the metal until the surface is clean. Rinse well with warm water and polish dry with a soft cloth. For a quick clean, use vinegar and water, then polish with the cloth.
- White Vinegar is an acid with mild-germicidal properties. It can be used to get rid of mold and mildew, cut grease and clean glass.
- Lemon works much like vinegar but is more difficult to use.
- Vitamin E Body Oil can add shine to wood furniture and floors. Use ½ a teaspoon in a quarter cup vinegar or lemon juice. Test for color first!
- If you are dusting, use a damp cloth. No need for the toxic sprays.
- Salt will clean copper pots and pans and is good for silver too. Mix with equal amounts of vinegar.
- Sponges and rags instead of paper towels. Sponges can be washed in vinegar and used again.
Become energy efficient!
- Unplug appliances you seldom use, like an extra refrigerator. You may save over $10 per month.
- Unplug your chargers when you are not charging.
- Use power strips to turn off TV’s, stereos, and other equipment. Even when these items are on ‘standby’, consumption can be equal to a 100-watt lightbulb that is on continuously.
- Set your computer to hibernate after 30 minutes of non-use, and to sleep mode for longer periods of inactivity. The ‘hibernate’ mode turns the computer off in a way that doesn’t require you to load everything when you switch back on. Setting your computer to hibernate instead of shutting it down saves energy and is more time efficient. When you are done for the day (or the weekend) shut it down.
- Control your temperature! An example would be to set your thermostat to 68°F during the day, and 55°F when going to bed. During the summer, set your thermostat to 78°F or higher. I personally LOVE my Nest thermostat, which offers ECO friendly settings and can be controlled from my phone.