Be environmentally conscious and save money at the same time -- here's how.
Longer days. New flowers. Birds chirping. They could mean only one thing: Spring. And just as the animals begin cleaning out their dens after months of hibernation, we start our annual ritual of spring cleaning. During this time we can remember the environment and save money at the same time. Here are some tips that can help you and the environment, from Earth Share, a nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental education.
Americans spend millions of dollars a year on cleaning supplies. This spring, make your own cleaning agents with these recipes from EarthShare and EarthWays, two nonprofit environmental organizations. The recipes are friendly to the environment and to your bank account.
Dip a cloth in warm water, add dish soap and baking soda, (the baking soda serves as a soft abrasive to remove tough spots and light scratches).
Simmer a small amount of cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves on the stove to give off a pleasant fragrance in your home.
Mix 2 tablespoons of borax or washing soda with three cups of water for sparkling windows and mirrors.
Sprinkle dry cornstarch or baking soda on your carpet and vacuum.
Rub borax into dampened area, let dry, then vacuum or repeatedly blot stain with a mixture of vinegar and soapy water.
Make a paste of vinegar and salt and apply to built-up area.
Combine 1/2 cup lemon juice to 1 cup vegetable oil, olive oil, or mayonnaise. Apply to rag.
Lighting, heating, and cooling a home is costly -- to your pocketbook and the environment. By taking steps to save energy, you can help reduce pollution in your community and save money. Being earth-friendly is a win-win proposition.
Here are some energy-saving tips from Earth Share: