Clean Machine

Have I mentioned how much I love being home? Seriously, going back to work is going to SUCK. 

Anyways, I try to be as green as possible. I know that there's more I can do, but baby steps! Here's how I green clean our home.

1. I bring my own grocery bags to the store. I started this when I lived in Europe and it's great! Did you know that you have to pay if you use their plastic bags over there? Some cities in the US make you pay for bags too. Want to make a great produce bag, check out this tutorial!

2. We recycle. It seems like a small thing, but they make it very inconvenient. We don't have recycling at our apt., so we have to load up the car every week and take it to a central area. I really hope that they actually recycle things from there and don't just take those bins to the dump...

3. We use biodegradable trash bags. They aren't as sturdy as regular trash bags and don't have handy ties, but they do the job just fine. How is the trash supposed to break down if it's encased in plastic? And guess how long that trash bag is going to be around. We've been using these for 4ish years and have only had a handful of bags break. I've recently tried a new kind, that do have ties, and I think we'll continue to use these instead. Pride also make biodegradable sandwich bags!!

4. This is my newest endeavor! I'm trying to get rid of the harsh chemical cleaners. I bought this book last year and have slowly been implementing some of the cleaning methods. One suggestion is to buy vinegar and baking soda in "industrial quantities." Hello Costco! Over a gallon of vinegar and 13.5 lbs of baking soda. There is so much that you can do with these two items! Don't have the book? Check out this list of cleaners.

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5. How to recycle small cotton fabric scraps? I've seen a cute little "cage" to put them in so that birds can use them for nests. There must be something better though! I need your ideas!

Do you do green?

11 comments:

  1. I am a cross-stitcher and knitter, and when I fill up my little jar of snippets of thread and yarn, I throw it out for the birds to use. If it's springtime that little pile is always gone by the morning...and it's interesting to see the little bits in nests all over the property ;)

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  2. hooray for going green! i really don't use anything but vinegar, baking soda, and original blue dawn for all my cleaning. it works better than the harsh stuff, don't you think? also, i found these things called soap nuts ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapindus ) for laundry (but i admit i use Method soap sometimes if i find it at tj maxx. the soap nuts work really well!

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  3. here are the soap nuts i have:
    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=soap+nuts&hl=en&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&ix=hea&biw=1280&bih=679&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=9385947125761385855&sa=X&ei=ilZ4T77OO4XAtwfPh6HhDg&ved=0CI4BEPMCMAQ

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  4. Someone just suggested on Flickr to take your small fabric scraps to elementary and preschools for them to use in art projects! You'll be helping breed a new generation of crafters!

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  5. One of the members in my guild sews up dog beds that are donated to local shelters. She stuffs them with our scraps as they make for nice comfy bedding!

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  6. That's sad you don't have a roadside recycle pick up service- I thought that was kind of all over nowadays. I really need to find biodegradable trash bags to go with my reusable shopping bags. Every bit really helps.

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  7. Oh yes, I do the green thing, except for making my own cleaners. Like you though, I have to trail my recycling all the way to the tip in the car, although I only go every couple of months as I have some handy sturdy big bags to hold everything until then. Wish the council would give us the bins, but as we're in a flat, we apparently can't be trusted - my gran, in her house, has had them for 14 or 15 years!!!

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  8. Hi, do you have a better link for #1? Its saying not found when I clink on it. Thanks and great blog!
    Kathryn

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  9. Your tutorial for how to make the produce bag is no longer there. Did you take it down?

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  10. I use selveges and long strips to tie my tomato plants, beans etc to supports. The veggie patch looks so pretty with thm fluttering. I find they last a couple of years then chop them into the compost in small bits and eventually they decay.

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  11. I'm also looking for your produce bag tutorial - what great bag!

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