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How to Give Your Household a Green Makeover

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How to Give Your Household a Green Makeover

By Sayward Rebhal, Networx

Making a major lifestyle shift can often seem daunting, and sometimes the simple act of getting started is enough to stop you in your tracks. That initial hurdle can be so intimidating. It’s new. It’s foreign. It’s appealing . . . but scary! You want it, but you don’t know where to begin, and you’re overwhelmed.

Whether it’s committing to a gym routine or easing into a plant-based diet, quitting your job to pursue a passion or moving to a brand new city (like Dallas!), the story is always the same. What’s the best way to start?

“Going green” is no different. Even though these days it’s more and more common, with most mindful folks looking to lighten up their environmental footprint, it can all still feel a bit foreign and, well, unfeasible. But if you’re ready to take this eco thing beyond the recycling bin, then you’ve come to the right place.

And don’t worry. Nobody says you need to become a  “green guru” overnight. The truth is that lasting life changes don’t happen instantaneously. “Fast and furious” usually leads to “burnt out and abandoned” – just like all those fad diets. Permanent shifts occur in incremental patterns, so cut yourself some slack. Ease into it, turn off your electrical devices when you’re not using them and make sure you’re enjoying yourself along the way.

In your quest to keep a greener home, your best bet – both environmentally and financially – is to use up what you’ve already got before you move on to something “cleaner.” Throwing it away just creates more waste, so you might as well finish it off first. The key is to slowly work through all of your old conventional household items, replacing them with new sustainable stand-ins, as needed. Here’s a few pointers to get you started.

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8:27PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Last paragraph of the first page is SO ESSENTIAL! everyone keep that in mind!

1:53AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

thanks for the article

9:53AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:06PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012


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12:06AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Thanks for the article.

2:13AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Thanks Chaya.

12:08AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

I will never reuse my monthly products, thank you very much. I would like a recipe for Simple Green though. Its the best multi-purpose cleaner I have ever used.

5:18PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012


5:25AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Two things about coffee filters, the unbleached paper is good in the compost and worms just love coffee grounds. In our house we use a permanent filter that holds up for a couple of years. It's plastic and so gets recycled when done.

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Will keep that in mind next Winter!

Poor little dogs, so glad they had a very happy ending. Thank you for caring and sharing.

Thanks Diane for sharing the wonderful recipes and links, Great photos also.


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