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20 Tips for Being Green – Book Giveaway!

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20 Tips for Being Green – Book Giveaway!

We would all like to be a little bit greener, but figuring out where to start can be daunting. In her book It’s Easy Being Green, author and founder of GreenMatters.com, Crissy Trask, provides tons of great ideas. In addition to simple green tips, you’ll find info on eco-friendly products, decoding eco-labels, and green living myths. Here are just a few of our favorite tips for making your life and your home greener:

  • Fix slow drains. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain and follow it with half a cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for twenty minutes to a half hour, then pour boiling water down the drain (about two quarts).
  • Turn your soap-bar scraps into usable shavings. Using a cheese grater, grate several scraps into shavings and put them in a decorative bowl next to the sink. Just take a pinch from the bowl with a dry hand, add water and work into a lather.
  • Buy a shower curtain that will far outlast cheap plastic ones; a shower curtain made of hemp will naturally resist mildew and is machine washable.
  • Save old, tattered towels and T-shirts for cleaning. Cut them into squares and they become useful rags that can replace store-bought rags and paper towels.
  • Make your own household cleaners. This is a safer alternative to relying on harsh, toxic commercial products. Effective cleaning products can be made with borax, washing soda, distilled white vinegar, baking soda, salt, club soda, cooking oil and lemons. On their own or combined together, you can make scouring powder, furniture polish, an all-purpose cleaner and more!
  • Arrange furniture to take advantage of natural light from windows. Place desks and reading chairs next to windows to cut down on the need and use of supplemental, artificial light during the day.
  • Reuse glass jars for food storage. Plastic food tubs, such as those used for yogurt, can also be reused. For larger portions of leftovers, use soup and mixing bowls, then fit the top with a saucer or plate in place of plastic wrap.
  • Turn off the oven ten to fifteen minutes before cooking time runs out; food will continue to cook without using the extra electricity.
  • Buy several cloth napkins and use them instead of paper at home and on the go. Cloth napkins can be used several times before washing. Give each family member a unique napkin ring to store their napkin between meals.
  • Fill a bowl with cold water and wash fruit and vegetables this way, instead of letting water from a faucet run over them.

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Read more: Conservation, Contests & Giveaways, Green, Green Kitchen Tips, Home, Household Hints, Life, Non-Toxic Cleaning, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse,

Excerpted from Itís Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living by Crissy Trask.

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Samantha Shook

Samantha is an editor and writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an animal lover who is also passionate about beauty, psychology, spirituality, and art.

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11:16PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

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4:01AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

Great idea.
I already use most of the tips.

1:46PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

thx

2:12AM PDT on Oct 4, 2010

Already have been doing majority of the suggestions for quite some time.

As to the suggestion regarding painting exterior of house in cold or warm climates - where I live, it's cold in the winter and quite warm/hot & humid in the summer. Does that mean I should paint my stucco extgerior with medium color paint? Somehow, I don't think that would make any difference.

7:48AM PDT on Oct 3, 2010

thanks

1:34PM PDT on Sep 24, 2010

I've also heard of keeping a Trash Journal. That way you have a concrete way to measure how much trash you're creating and can find ways to reduce it.

6:32PM PDT on Sep 22, 2010

thanx Samantha, Lova U, God Bless

7:28AM PDT on Sep 16, 2010

Hmmmmmm...why would latex paint not be hazardous after it solidifies?

10:45PM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

are there other tips for IT issue?

3:25PM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

Lots of great tips and ideas.

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Cute but pointless

Then why are you featuring two bunnies placed in paper cups?

Can't be healthy. He already looks pretty chunky. Poor guy.

thanks for sharing

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