I have been approached by Rebecca with a fantastic guest post in which she shares her new found love for green cleaning and eco-friendly living. All these changes started thanks to her baby daughter. Here are Rebecca’s eco-hacks on how to reduce (or reuse) water usage and use less harsh chemicals when cleaning. I would love to send you to Rebecca’s blog to read more, but she hasn’t started one yet (go Rebecca!).
If I’m honest my passion for being ‘Eco Friendly’ stemmed from having my daughter and finding ways to cut back on our spending as well as our consumption. I’m not an expert on the matter, but I’d like to think I’ve picked up a few hints and tips along the way and have put together a few for you below!
Reduce Your Water
I was astonished when I realised just how much water is used when you have a shower – I thought I was doing the right thing by shunning the bath and was astonished when I found out that an 8 minute shower uses about 60 litres of water, and I alone have 2 a day!
The first hack (and the easiest!) that I found was to turn of the water at any given opportunity! My showers now go something like this – shampoo, rinse, conditioner – TURN OFF THE WATER!! Wash my body, brush my teeth and carefully apply my face wash…..then I turn the water back on and rinse everything all at once!
However, if this mad shower dash isn’t for you, then I recently re-discovered low flow shower heads. I’ve dabbled with them in my student days (when I was also penny –pinching) and the water pressure was really affected, but in 2015 we are blessed with both conservation and high water pressure! These shower heads work by restricting the water flow and can save you anywhere up to 50% on your water bill. You can also go the extra mile and install a low flow toilet, as on average toilets are responsible for 27% of a households water consumption, although I’m sure with a child being potty trained this vastly increases – flushing toilets is fun!
Sustainable Accessories and Products
When it comes to reducing our households Carbon Footprint, I like to look at the products and accessories that I buy, ‘Eco-Chic’ if you will. I also want to use natural ingredients that will be safe around my little love. And from bath towels to toilet paper and wash products and everything in between, there’s certainly a range of ways to increase your green credentials. Using products that are certified as ethical and sustainable gives me a little spring in my step when I use them too, don’t get me wrong, these can be more expensive than standard products but a little can go a long way.
When it comes to products, as well as avoiding parabens, look to also avoid products that contain mineral oil and lanolin. I sometimes opt for making my own products with honey, milk, brown sugar and limes. Although there is plenty of eco-friendly cleaning products, I’ve also made my own to use on a daily basis using baking soda, tea tree oil and vegetable soap- you can find some more recipes here.
Bring in the Green
I absolutely adore plants in the home, they have so many proven benefits for our well-being; they purify the air, and have been proven to lower blood pressure whilst increasing creativity, they also go such a long way to making a house a home. One of my favourite plants are hydrangeas, but they require such a large amount of water I began recycling our bath water!
Richard Wilkinson from Perfect Garden Magazine explains, “Re-using water from not only the bath, but also the washing machine or dishwasher can actually have a huge benefit for plants. Some of the particles from household ‘waste water’ such as phosphorous and nitrogen (cleaning detergents) or biological matter (bath water) can actually serve to act like a fertilizer – but with safety in mind, be sure to water at the roots, don’t mist household plants with grey water’. So there you have it, a few ideas that are easy to implement in the family home!