Green Cleaning

This post is for everyone who thinks that it’s too expensive to live green.

When I first started to “think green”, I did spend more money than I needed to on green cleaners, laundry detergent, recycled paper towels, and the like. It took me a few years before I realized that spending $4.99 for glass cleaner wasn’t doing the environment any favors. I was still buying a plastic bottle and though they were gentler, that bottle was still full of chemicals. Here are a few everyday changes I’ve made that are both environment- and budget-friendly:

1. I stopped buying paper towels. Try it! You won’t miss them as much as you think, and it saves a ton of money.

2. Before cleaning with chemicals, I always start with elbow grease and a damp microfiber cloth.

3. I clean glass with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water.

4. I scrub tough messes with baking soda instead of commercial cleaner.

5. I always try a homemade cleaning product before I buy a specialty one. For example, I have three metals in my home to maintain: copper, stainless steel, and sterling silver. Instead of buying a cleaner for each one, I use different combinations of baking soda, vinegar, and lemons. It’s nontoxic and so much cheaper than storebought.

How do you save money AND live green?

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