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#1 of 16 Old 03-25-2013, 02:06 PM - Thread Starter
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We'd love to put together an article to share some simple, straight-forward ways to "go green" around the house for mamas who are trying to make more eco choices. 


We need your wisdom -- please share your best eco tip and we'll compile your feedback into a helpful little guide. 


Thanks so much for your help!

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#2 of 16 Old 03-26-2013, 07:44 PM
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Vinager is fabulous for cleaning practically everything. From windows to floors and sticky messes in the fridge.
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Ditch the paper towels and napkins. Cloth napkins and dish towels get any job done. We use recycled paper grocery bags to put our bacon on, if you're wondering :)

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Make your own laundry detergent. Less chemicals and way cheaper! Plus it works just as good if not better than standard detergent!
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Do old fashioned things like line dry your clothes, outside when you can, and bleach your whites in the sun instead with chemicals.

I rarely use any spray on counter tops, I just have a very good cloth to wipe things.

Compost food scraps and garden with it next year.

Take your kids to neighborhood schools and activities with bike, good for you and them!

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Get yourself a good bike. Need to haul kids and groceries? Get a cargo bike!

I have a Madsen and absolutely love it!

I wouldn't mind trying a Bullitt or Cetma brand out, though!

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Use essential oils, baking soda, vinegar, and castile soap to clean your home.  Baking soda and some essential oils mixed with a tiny bit of water and soap make a great all purpose scrubber.  The best part is that this is not only greener but cheaper!  Also I agree with switching from using disposable cleaning products and napkins to cloth.

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Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge, or as many as you can fit. Not only do you get really cold water without letting the tap run, but you can flavour it too. Lemon water is wonderful in the morning. On top of that, keeping the pitchers in the fridge saves on electricity too, since the fridge gets some help to stay cold. Just remember to pour any leftover water into the watering can by the end of the day, wash and refill the pitchers. That way, no water is gone to waste and you always have fresh, tasty water to drink. :)

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Lern to use a pressure pan and cook your food faster and from scratch. That's a great solution to moms that have litle time to spare but really value high quality healthy meals. I cook beans from scratch every day and it only takes 20 minutes. Potatoes take 9 minutes... and so on.

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Keep a bin for recyclable items in the bathroom, too. Flatten any paper containers, rinse the plastic ones out, and just empty it with other containers when filled.
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ONE thing:




Compost your kitchen scraps, compost your yard waste, compost your torn up t-shirts if you are feeling really adventurous.  Yes, you get extra credit for composting your cotton balls and cotton swabs, the occasional paper plates and napkins and greasy paper towels (nearly everybody uses that stuff once in a while)  and all that is biodegradable.


Saves landfill space, saves fuel for carting garbage, and not burning yard waste helps keep the air clear.  (Plus you can feel just a little smug because you only use the micro-can for garbage and pay the cheapest garbage rates).





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My simplest advice is buy less.  Buy less of everything.  We simply do not need as much as we think we do and significantly less than companies would like us to buy. 

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Do not own or drive a car (I know, easier  said than done in most of North America)

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One thing. WORM BIN. 

Spend 20$ on red wigglers, or ask around and find someone who can give you a pound, dump them in a plastic bin with some wetted down cardboard, paper, or yard waste. You have an instant super recycling factory. Paper and food waste can go right in and make super fertilizer for your garden. Amazing. 

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Buy used.  There is barely anything that you need that you can't find on Craigslist or thrift stores.  It may not be there right away, but waiting will make you evaluate if it is really necessary.  It saves so much money and prevents more in the landfill.

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This can be applied to all aspects of life. Simplify the amount of stuff you have, simplify your schedule, simplify bedtime routines and grocery trips. 

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