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Nat'l Hanging Out Day! (April 19th)
Did you know?
Within the average household electric dryers account for 6-10% of energy consumption.
National Hanging Out Day was established in 1955 to bring attention to energy waste associated with machine dryers and to encourage people to dry their clothes in the open air.
Whether we like it or not, chores are an essential part of life and one of those essential, modern day chores is laundry.A simple way to green or laundry routine is to get back to basics and line dry our items.The sun acts as a natural antimicrobial agent so using a clothesline outside when the weather allows is good for your health.For indoor drying you can use a clothes rack.No matter the location of your drying clothes with each load of laundry you’ll be conserving energy and protecting the planet.
If you must use a dryer for your clothes, you can conserve energy by keeping your duct clean and well maintained.Using an efficient model of dryer can help conserve energy and water, saving you money.Plus, efficient models are gentler on your clothes making them last longer and saving you even more money and resources in the future.
With tomorrow being National Hanging Out Day I encourage all of you to hang dry your next load of laundry. Take some pics of your colorful clothesline and drop it in the comments below and share them on my social media accounts. For more green living tips follow me on Facebook & Instagram and be sure to subscribe to my Website for your FREE Green Living Planner.
Did you know that you can easily make your own cleaners that
are not only better for the environment but also work well, while being safer
for you, your kids and your pets, too?
Let’s look at some basic, easy-to-make eco-friendly cleaners. All you need are a few ingredients you likely already have
around your house, and a few spray bottles plus, some sort of writing
instrument to label the bottles. Wash Your Windows In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of water with 3 tablespoons
white vinegar.You can use old newspaper
as your cloth to wash the window, or use a squeegee. The vinegar smell will
disappear quickly and your windows (or any glass surface) will look sparkly and
shiny. Disinfect If you have surfaces that need to be disinfected, such as
cutting boards and toilets, you can easily create that yourself in a spray
bottle.Just mix 2 cups of water with
four drops of any type of natural soap, like unscented liquid castile soap, and
10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil.You can
spray this on any surfa…
Protecting the environment, or going green, is something more and more people are doing these days. You may be wondering if the things you do will make an impact.
Here are five myths about going green:
1. One of the misconceptions about going green is that it uses more energy to recycle than it saves. However, part of the reason recycling is used by many manufacturers is that it does actually save energy. For instance, it takes 95% more energy to make a new aluminum can than it does to recycle one. Another benefit of recycling is that most items can be recycled over and over again.
2. Another myth about going green is that it is better to keep an old appliance and get it fixed rather than buying a new one. Appliances can be expensive so no one would blame you for trying to save money by repairing an old appliance instead of getting something new. However, if you are looking from an eco friendly perspective, buying new is definitely ‘greener.’ This is because newer appliances are …
Wait! What's in that delicious muffin you're eating? Or those potato chips you're crunching on? Or that canned soup you're slurping?
Maybe, a lot more than you thought!
Chemical additives are used to affect flavors or preserve products, and although they do have certain uses these additives can negatively affect your health. It's important to pay attention to and be aware of what is actually in your 'food' and to look for alternatives that aren't filled with harmful additives.
Listed below are some common food additives that could be dangerous to your health:
1. Titanium dioxide.
Titanium dioxide is a common ingredient in sunscreens, but it's also used as a food additive. You may find it in salad dressings, powdered sugars, baked goods and other items. The International Agency for Research on Cancer considers titanium dioxide a dangerous food additive and recommends that consumers avoid eating it. The agency labels it as a class 2 carcinogen bas…