September 1st, 2011 09:38 EST
What 'Living Green' Means To Me
The idea of `living green` can be very overwhelming. The problems with our environment are so big. Some people feel they could never really make a difference- so they won`t even try. When people ask what being `green` means to me "I`m living green for three different reasons.
The first reason to `go green` is to do it for personal reasons. There are so many things you can do for yourself that will make green living something you will WANT to do. Simple things like drinking out of a glass water bottle to avoid toxins in the plastics is good for you AND the earth. Switching to all-natural cleaning products is good for you, your family, your pets AND the earth. See the pattern. These are all simple things that make your personal life safer and healthier. And these solutions are easy to implement. Here are some other simple things that I`ll share with you.
1. Switch to cold water washing in the laundry room. You could save 80% of the energy you use in the laundry room and save up to $80 on your energy costs over the year.
2. Hang dry your clothes instead of using your dryer. This will give you great energy savings.
3. Switch from paper towels to microfiber or SKOY Cloths in the kitchen and bath.
4. Try hydrogen peroxide as your whitener in the laundry instead of chlorine bleach.
The second reason I live green is for my family and my pets. As a parent I feel it`s my responsibility to keep my home environment as safe as possible for everyone. I use air purifiers and humidifiers to keep our indoor air as clean and healthy. I also make sure we stay away from synthetic fragrances that can trigger asthma and allergy attacks. I am very particular about the products I put on my floors. I don`t want my children or pets absorbing any chemicals through their feet or paws. We need to remember that our skin is our largest organ and chemicals can get absorbed directly into our bloodstream from our skin.
The last reason I live green is to do my part for the Earth and our local environment. Even though climate change, oil spills and toxic waste seem like problems that one person can`t affect, I`m doing small things to make a difference in my world and yours. My motto is that together we can change the world, one spray bottle at a time.
Hailed as the "Martha Stewart Of Green Cleaning", Leslie Reichert is a cleaning expert that uses her sparkling personality, great sense of humor and contagious passion to engage her fans and followers. Leslie is known as a Green Cleaning Coach. She is a national lecturer, a contributor to blogs such as The Daily Green, a frequent homekeeping expert on Martha Stewart Living Radio and author of the book: The Joy Of Green Cleaning- a handbook for DIY cleaners. You can receive a sample recipe from her book and an instructional video at www.thejoyofgreencleaning.com
By Leslie Reichert, The Cleaning Coach