Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tips to clean and green

Every household can do their part and all it takes is a small change of mindset everyday. Daily practices and lifestyle choices must center around the need to promote a more sustainable atmosphere. Here's how you can adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

1. Save electricity by using a broom to clean your house instead of a vacuum cleaner. Instead of using a dryer, hang your washing on the line. It saves electricity and your clothes feel fresher!

2. Switch off TVs and DVD players. Never leave things such as phone charger in the socket. Standby mode uses more energy than its name implies.

3. Recycle your waste by having a recycling bin at home. Instead of throwing away plastics, glass and paper containers etc, throw them into the recycling bin so they don't just go straight into the garbage.

4. Shift to natural or biodegradable cleaning products. Many cleaning products contain dangerous chemicals. Disinfectants, oven cleaners, floor polishes, anti-mould preparations and window cleaner can contain potent mix including solvents, bleach, ammonia and chlorine. Replace chemical cleansers with natural alternatives. Garbage enzyme is an environmental friendly multipurpose liquid used for household cleaning. It is a complex solution produced by fermentation of fresh kitchen waste from fruits and vegetables. For a nicer fragrance, try pandan, citrus fruit peelings or perhaps lemongrass in your mix.

5. Use a water filtering pitcher system and a reusable container to avoid buying individual plastic water bottles.

6. Open the windows for cross ventilation from cool breezes, and close against hot winds.

7. If you are privileged enough to have the luxury of a balcony, you have got the perfect place to get a little green fingered and create a sustainable green spot for your home. Otherwise, opt for indoor plants.

8. Whether you realise it or not, the products you use on your face and body will also affect the environment and your well being in the long run. Look for products that use natural or organic ingredients.

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