Looking to make your home a little greener? Look no further than a few average items to add to your shopping list! Here are our top must-buys for keeping your home green, and how to use them.

Baking Soda

We love baking soda, and not just to make some awesome banana bread, or to use as a deodorant or toothpaste. To use as a great bathroom cleaner, mix one cup with a teaspoon of liquid soap, and a bit of water. Make a paste, and add essential oils if you want it to smell pretty, too.

Milk

Milk isn’t just for drinking. Mix it with white vinegar, then let any clothing that has been exposed to an ink stain sit in a bowl on the mixture. Let it soak, then wash as per normal. The ink stain will be gone!

Club Soda

This fizzy liquid isn’t just for drinking either. It is also effective in removing stains. Like a bubbling detergent, the same effect in club soda lifts stains from mugs, clothing, and silver.

Glass Bottles

Purchase a few glass bottles to house bulk items such as liquid soap and other cleaners. It will also look more attractive than a large plastic bottle on top of your counter.

Fresh Vegetables

We’ve talked about how a vegetarian diet can help the environment, and lessen the effects of global warming. Meat and dairy cause more carbon emissions than our cars do, so reducing them in our diet is a step forward for our planet.

Lemons

Use its juice for dissolving soap scum and hard water deposits, to clean and shine brass and copper and as a natural bleach. You can also cut a lemon in half, sprinkle baking soda and use it as a scrub for dishes.

Bamboo Washcloths

Wash cloths made from bamboo give you the softest possible way to pamper your skin. They have a natural high absorbency factor (up to 400% more than cotton), as well as natural antibacterial properties to make them non-irritating and hypoallergenic.

Olive Oil

Need a quick furniture polish? Use amixture of 1 cup olive oil with 1/2 cup lemon juice. Done and done.

Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs

An obvious solution, these bulbs use a third of the energy than incandescent versions, which help the environment and your wallet, too.

Compost Pail

Purchase a small, airtight container to keep in your kitchen so you can compost with ease. It will reduce waste and help your garden, too. For more tips on composting, read here.


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