With Earth Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to kick our sustainability efforts into high gear. Our resident cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, is passionate about protecting our planet, so we're here to share her five simple yet impactful ways you can make a difference with your cleaning routine. Let's dive in!

Clean Green

Swap out harsh chemical cleaners for environmentally friendly alternatives, or better yet, DIY solutions. Look for products labeled as non-toxic, biodegradable, and plant-based. Not only are these cleaners safer for your family and pets, but they also minimize the release of harmful chemicals into the air and waterways. Plus, many eco-friendly cleaning solutions are just as effective as their chemical-laden counterparts! Opt for bulk purchases of hand and dish soap and decant into smaller reusable pumps on your kitchen and bathroom counters. You save $ by buying in bulk, and reduce the need to buy multiple plastic bottles and then throw them away when you're finished with what’s inside.

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Conserve Water

Water is a precious resource, so let's use it wisely. Fix leaky faucets, take shorter showers, and turn off the tap while brushing your teeth (remind your kids too!) or washing dishes. High-efficiency appliances like washing machines and dishwashers also greatly help to cut down on the amount of water used while running loads of laundry and getting your dishes clean. Every drop counts!

Power Down

Unplug electronics when they're not in use and switch to energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs. Consider investing in smart power strips that automatically cut power to devices in standby mode. By reducing our energy consumption, we can decrease greenhouse gas emissions and lessen our impact on the environment. Plus, you'll save some cash on your energy bills – talk about a win-win.

Ditch the Disposable

Say goodbye to single-use plastics and paper products. Opt for reusable alternatives like stainless steel water bottles, cloth shopping bags, and of course, reusable cleaning cloths. By reducing our reliance on disposable items, we can significantly cut down on waste and lessen the burden on our landfills and oceans.

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Support Sustainable Brands

Vote with your wallet by supporting companies that prioritize sustainability. Look for products with eco-friendly certifications and choose brands that are committed to reducing their carbon footprint, minimizing waste, and sourcing responsibly. Together, we can encourage more businesses to adopt environmentally friendly practices and drive positive change on a larger scale.

Remember, every small action adds up to make a big difference. By incorporating these five tips into your daily routine, you can help protect our planet and ensure a brighter future for generations to come. Let's commit to showing Mother Earth some love this Earth Day and every day.

April 22, 2024