It’s a new year and a time for new beginnings. I love this time of year. Somehow, it’s so much more than a number on a calendar. I never understand why it has this impact on me, but I can count on the inspiration and motivation I feel this time of year to accomplish things that at other times you’d have to hit me over the head with a crowbar to attempt. I hope you’re in this boat with me. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to get started on going green. If so, here are ten steps to get you started.
- 1. Acknowledge the importance of “Green” cleaning. Agree with the need for change before you can change.
- 2. Educate yourself continuously with trustworthy resources such as the Environmental Working Group’s Cleaning Guide
- 3. Read ingredient lists. Beware of red-flag ingredients such as “-eths” and “fragrance”.
- 4. Start with one step at a time. Identify the easiest task for you to turn green, and start there.
- 5. Use products you understand. Complicated is not better. Regular soap and water is extremely effective, as are vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and olive oil.
- 6. GIY: Green-It-Yourself. Make your own cleaning products. Save yourself the time, money, and effort of buying from the store.
- 7. Multi-task your cleaners. Find a great all-purpose recipe and use it for sinks, counters, dishes, floors, indoor, outdoor, everywhere.
- 8. Reduce your refuse. Buy in bulk and buy concentrates to reduce throw-away packaging. Repurpose containers. Use washable cloths instead of paper towels.
- 9. Clean your air. Open windows daily. Bring in houseplants. Use real foods to scent the air instead of candles, sprays, or plug in air fresheners.
- 10. Stick with it. Even if you stumble occasionally, keep going. You will eventually develop new habits and get used to new norms.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the 10 Steps to post in your house.
Here are some of my previous posts to help you get started:
What I Mean by “Green”
Deciphering Soap and Bodycare Ingredients – Beware of the “-eth”
Who Gave Soap a Bad Name
Sal Suds in a Spray Bottle
Falling Off the Green Machine