Happy Earth Day dolls!
Full confession: I wouldn’t exactly call myself an “environmentalist”. I mean I do my best to be “green” but I am not an avid chemical free person. I use Bon Ami, but I also have 409. I recycle my garbage, but I don’t compost. We have low flow toilets, but a regular shower head. When it comes to the environment, I am all for saving the planet, but I am not going to make myself crazy over it. So I am always looking out for new tips and tricks on how to be an environmentalist without going to the extreme. Last year I discovered the trick of using plain vinegar instead of JetDry in my dishwasher, and it works like a charm. This year I figured out borax makes a fantastic ant killer, and it is chemical free!
To celebrate Earth Day, I put together five of my favorite tips that I use for helping the planet, including the aforementioned ant trick. This is a continuation of last years post with ten tips for Earth Day. I say you should read through them and if you think they are easy enough for you to add to your routine, do it! If not don’t worry about it and find some other way that you can help mother Earth.
I’ve tried this trick and it works like a charm. Plus you can use the borax for a myriad of other things.
We always seem to be in a drought here in California, so I learned this trick as a child. I never keep the water running when brushing my teeth, and it only takes me about 7 minutes to take a shower, and that includes shaving my legs!
Speaking of conserving water, the new thing in sprinklers is to have the water delivered underground! How cool is that? We just redid our yard and had these newfangled sprinklers installed, and so far I am loving them! If you think about it, there is really no reason to have above ground sprinklers, because you aren’t watering the air you are trying to water the roots. So put the water where the roots are! Genius.
To be clear, I am not suggesting you go out and spend big bucks replacing your sprinklers. But if you happen to have bad sprinklers that need to be replaced, or you are redoing your sprinkler system, consider these as an alternative to traditional sprinklers. It will make a huge impact on your garden as well as your water bill.
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You know you have at least half a dozen paint cans sitting in your garage collecting dust. I know you think you might use them some day, but deep down you know they are there because you don’t know how or where to throw them away. Well now you can find your nearest paint recycling center by clicking HERE and entering your zip code. Now you have no excuses!
So do you have any tricks or tips that you use to help our environment? Let me know what they are in the comments and maybe I can add them to my repertoire.