Going green around the home can mean a lot of things. Some green additions require major home improvements such as installing solar panels or upgrading to a tankless water heater, while others are just small tasks like converting to CFL or LED bulbs and conserving water by taking shorter showers.
If you’ve done the little things, but aren’t quite ready to start redesigning your house, there’s also a middle ground: DIY eco-friendly projects. With a little bit of environmental awareness and some willingness to get your hands dirty, there are plenty of DIY fixes and tweaks you can complete around the house that are also great for the environment.
Here are three of our favorites:
1. Make Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products. Everyone likes to have a clean house, but it turns out that many store-bought cleaners rely on powerful chemicals like ammonia and bleach to get the job done. These products may remove dirt and grime, but they can also leave behind traces of these chemicals wherever they’re used. To keep the toxins out of your house, try making your own cleaning products! With a few common household items like baking soda, lemon and vinegar, you can build an eco-friendly cleaning arsenal in no time. Visit the BrightNest blog for seven specific eco-friendly recipes.
2. Make a Compost Bin. Composting has increased in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason! Using compost on your lawn is a great eco-friendly alternative to synthetic fertilizer, which can pollute your groundwater and put you at a higher risk for serious illnesses like leukemia. Making a compost bin only takes about 30 minutes, and can be done with nothing more than a garbage can, drill, two bricks and some duct tape. For a step-by-step guide, read: Make a Compost Bin.
3. Upcycle Dryer Lint. You might not consider the fuzz you pull out of your dryer’s lint screen an eco-friendly tool, but it is! Instead of tossing the dryer lint you collect, keep it around and use it for a number of mini-DIY projects. If you stuff some lint into a toilet paper tube, it serves as a great piece of kindling for fires. If you already have a compost bin, add some lint to the mix to give your DIY fertilizer some weed prevention qualities. For a few more ideas, read: Upcycle This: Dryer Lint.
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