Greener Living Solutions

Green living is much more than recycling your cans and plastics. Living green encompasses a whole value system that bases all you do on how it will impact the environment. The belief that how you treat the environment will either improve or harm what condition you leave the earth for future generations. The proper stewardship of the place you call home; earth. Big and small ways all around the world people are choosing to make greener choices. Some areas that you can make simple changes to live greener are your food, housing, transportation, and shopping habits. 

Sustainable Farming and Ranching

Green chooses in your food does not mean eating granola, homemade yogurt and drinking goats’ milk. It includes buying and consuming foods that are organic, free-range, and ethically treated. The raising and farming of crops and animals with sustainable practices helps preserve the lands and waters for future generations. Your purchasing power votes for these farmers and ranchers; and it helps create the demand for sustainable, green practices. Many major groceries have increased their organic selections, so you do not have to go out of your way to incorporate green food selections into your life. Your local farmer’s market is always a fun adventure and a great way to learn more green ideas that are happening locally.

Kick the Plastic Habit to the Curb

A simple, easy way to cut out some plastic in your lifestyle, bring your reusable shopping bags along when you shop. Many areas in our country are banning certain items made of plastic. Consider your daily habits and replace a few single-use plastic items with reusable. A travel coffee mug with a stainless-steel straw instead of the disposable cup and a plastic straw can be a great start to living greener. You can pack your lunches in washable containers. This habit may take an initial investment in reusable containers, but the environmental impact is immediate. Less waste going in your trash bin is less ending up in the landfill. You may even try your hand at growing a few of your own veggies. Gardening can be an enjoyable experience your whole family can enjoy and learn together. 

New Life to an Old Item 

Decorating with reclaimed items is a fun and creative way to live greener. Buying used is affordable and environmentally friendly. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure is a true statement. You can take items from a resale shop as they are or with a little creativity you can create something new for yourself. There are many ideas online and in magazines to give you inspiration for re-purposing all kinds of things. Living greener can be as simple as you make it. 

Next time you go out for coffee, use your favorite travel mug instead of the disposable one. 

Ways to Get Rid of Household Stains

Finding a stain on a cherished piece of household furniture can be infuriating. Removing stains can become difficult when not treated properly and promptly. Keep your furniture always looking as good as new with these helpful stain eliminating tips.

Food stains on furniture

Every once in a while dinner is eaten on the comfort of your couch. While this can be a relaxing evening habit, it also puts your furnishings at risk for unwanted stains. Every kind of fabric will require different treatment for blemishes, but here are a few common ones. 

  • Untreated Leather- Cover the stain with a few spoonfuls of baking soda. Use your fingers to blot it into the affected area. Once baking soda is applied, let it sit for 15 minutes and then use your vacuum to remove the powder. Be sure to utilize the brush attachment on your vacuum head to brush off most of the residue.
  • Cotton or Linen- Mix together one tablespoon of white vinegar and two-thirds cup of rubbing alcohol in a bowl. Dip a sponge into the liquid and blot it onto the affected area. Let the treatment sit for a few minutes then wipe clean with a cloth until mixture is absorbed.
  • Microfiber- To clean this material, you’ll only need a bottle of Windex and a clean rag. Spray the Windex onto the affected area and scrub the fabric with a brush or sponge. Let it sit for a few brief minutes and then wipe it dry with a clean rag.

Water rings on wood

When a guest comes over, it can be challenging to monitor if they are using a coaster on your wooden furniture. Placing glasses with moisture can result in an unattractive white ring leaving evidence where the beverage once sat. Remove this stain with this simple solution. Place a dry rag over the affected area. Then, place a hot iron (with no steam) over the cloth and let it sit there for one minute. Once you remove the iron and rag, your wood should be as good as new.

Carpet Stains

Removing stains from your carpet or rug may seem like a day’s work, but with three simple ingredients, you’ll have a fresh looking floor in no time. For this task, you’ll need an empty plastic spray bottle. Mix together two ounces of hydrogen peroxide, one ounce of dawn dish soap, and two tablespoons of baking soda. Add the contents to the spray bottle and shake to combine the ingredients. Spray the stained surface and let sit until the area is completely dry. Lastly, run your vacuum over the treated area for a finished result. 

Getting rid of most household stains does not require expensive products or services. Most of the solutions can be found right in your kitchen cabinet. Share these helpful tips with friends and family during your next dinner party accident.

4 Tips To Keep Your Home Clean With Children

Children. You love them with all your being. But the mess they can make of the house? Not so much. Keep reading for four tips on how to keep your home clean despite your children’s best efforts. You might even be able to get them to join in on the fun! 

1. Cleanup after playtime. Build the habit of cleaning up one set of toys before moving on to the next, this not only keeps the floor from becoming littered in toys but also makes cleaning up more manageable for little ones. A large mess can easily overwhelm small children and by cleaning up along the way you make the task easier for them to participate in.

2. Have an organizational system for corralling toys that works for you and more importantly your children. Make cleanup easy by storing toys in bins and baskets that toys can easily be tossed into. Cleanup is made even easier when you give everything a designated place so there isn’t a chance for toys to end up in organizational limbo. Do a walk through of the house sweep once little ones are in bed to ensure everything has been put in its place.

3. The easiest way to keep things clean is to minimize the amount of stuff you and your children own. Of course, this is harder to implement with little ones but regular clean outs of toys helps to balance the influx of toys that come during holidays and birthdays. Include kiddos in on the process to pick out their favorites and get them excited to donate toys to other children. You can put some toys in storage and swap them out regularly throughout the year to minimize the amount kept in the home and reignite your child’s interest in them as well.

4. Create regular routines around the house to instill clean up habits in your child early on. Create designated areas around the house for play time, quiet time or even homework. This helps children adjust to focus on the task at hand as well as prevent toys from ending up all over the house. By keeping a routine time of day to do a  household chore you’ll also teach little ones the importance of having work ethic around the home. You can even involve curious kiddos in the chore by buying them a child-sized broom or vacuum to “help”. 

Keeping a tidy home with little ones in the house isn’t the easiest of tasks. But by minimizing the amount of stuff you own and instilling a regular clean up habits you can keep on top of messes. You can even create some fond memories and bonding time with your child by including them in on the fun. Happy cleaning!