We’d all like to be more environmentally friendly, but it can get difficult at times. If you’re having a bit of trouble trying to keep your home environmentally friendly and keep down the cost of your home, you’re in luck. These experts have the perfect tips for keeping your home cleaner and greener.
If you need to give your home a good clean, but don’t have any of the products needed to get the job done, let Arenaria Cox from Fantastic Cleaners help you out. “For removing those annoying grease stains: Use 4 parts rubbing alcohol and 1 part salt for a homemade grease remover. The mixture might have small abrasive qualities, so it's going to be effective against the stains, especially on a carpet. Remove the remaining salt (if any) with a vacuum cleaner.
Remove stubborn stains with salt: Simply pour some salt over the stain and let sit for half an hour. This would give the salt plenty of time to form a reaction and break down the stain. After that, simply remove the salt and wash the stain with soap and water.
For shiny stainless steel appliances: A few drops of olive oil on a soft cloth would be enough to get your stainless steel appliances nice and shiny again. You can then wipe them with rubbing alcohol and a dry cloth so you can have them looking brand new!” You can find out more about Fantastic Cleaners by following them on Facebook.
Get Green (Literally)
An easy way to go green is to start with the garden. If your backyard is looking a little bare, perhaps you could start planting some veggies in your backyard. Veggies are a great place to start, as they get you outside, you can grow and appreciate your own tasty food and you won’t be harming yourself with any nasty chemicals! If your backyard isn’t large enough to get a veggie patch in, you can make one in your kitchen! Your veggie isn’t the only place you can get some green in, if you have a brick backyard but want to see some lush grass, you can fake a lawn with some artificial grass! It’s easy to maintain and looks great; what’s not to love?
It’s All Spiritual
When it comes to keeping your home nice, tidy and environmentally friendly, it’s important to keep in mind the power of Feng Shui. Carol Partridge from Sacred Feng Shui Design has the perfect advice for those who would like to introduce Feng Shui into their home, but aren’t too sure about where to start. “Let as much natural light into your home through windows and skylights, or add artificial lighting. Light is yang qi which is uplifting and makes you feel more positive.
Clear the crap – remove clutter and stuff you no longer need or want. Chi or the breath of life needs to flow freely and completely through your whole home to activate the full potential of your life. The front of your home represents opportunities and new energy coming into your life so you need to ensure you home is easy to find with unique, beautiful and easy to see numbering. If the pizza man can’t find your home, neither can new energy and prosperity. Everything in your home and about your home emits a certain feeling, energy and vibration. As Nikola Tesla ‘If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibrations’. Take a good look at your home and make sure it reflects your goals and dreams. If you’re looking for a boyfriend, don’t have images or objects with single women featured all over your home.” Find out more about Carol by following Sacred Feng Shui Design on Facebook and Instagram.
Get Clever About Your Home
Sometimes being environmentally friendly means re-evaluating your life choices. Don’t freak out, The New Joneses are here to explain it all. “The New Joneses promote lifestyle choices (from our dunny paper to our bank) that are good for us and our planet. The New Joneses are seeing a big shift in people rethinking what we need for contented, happy lives. Clearing the clutter of consumer lifestyles and excess 'stuff’ makes space for what really matters - great experiences with our friends, family and community. The New Joneses are seeing a big new movement of smart, stylish, resourceful homemakers doing more with less. Clever use of space and design, using old favourites, like wall beds, doubles the use of your space, turning a spare wall into a spare room.” Find out more about the New Joneses by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Get Cosy At Night
Instead of turning up the heating at night, you should invest in some better bedding. Rug up at night and watch your electricity and heating bills dramatically decrease! You can get snuggly in some comfy clothes, bundling up in your duvet and putting on some bed socks! If you also turn the heater on, you’ll just get stuffy and that doesn’t help anyone. When winter is done and gone, you can easily store away those heavy blankets in cupboards, keeping them nice and safe until the next colder months. If you’re having a bit of trouble with your storage solutions, let Elke Keeley from Urban You help you out. “Though it sounds easier said than done, adding aesthetic storage into common areas can make the cleanup process much simpler, and hide away the bits and pieces that often clutter common areas. Large wicker baskets can make for a refined toy basket, an ornamental plate can keep television remotes in place, or a simple shoe rack beside the front door.” Find out more about Urban You by following them on Facebook.
There’s a lot of factors to keeping your home clean and green, but once you figure it out, you’ll have the calmest and most environmentally friendly home in the street!