5 Ways To Live Greener In 2015 Without Breaking The Bank

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Ways To Be Green in 2015When most people think “green” or “eco-friendly”, they also think “more expensive” and that’s not necessarily the case.  There are quite a few simple changes you can make in your every day life that will not only make for greener living, but will also save you a few bucks!

Land-O-Lakes-Saute-Express1) Ditch paper plates.  You can buy inexpensive, shatter-proof plates at places like Walmart for a few dollars.  They will last virtually forever and take just a few seconds to wash by hand or can be tossed in the dishwasher with your other dishes.  You save money by not buying paper plates week after week and you save the environment by keeping paper plates out of our landfills.  When the occasion calls for paper (like a party – let’s be practical), opt for plates made with recycled material.

2) Say goodbye to paper towels, at least most of the time.  I have kids, I get it. There are some messes that need to be wadded up and tossed in the trash, but for day to day tasks (like drying your hands after washing, etc), paper towels are just a waste!  Just like paper plates, paper towels are expensive, they go fast and they fill up our landfills.  I use bar towels most of the time (white or tan) and you can buy a pack of 6 for about $5.  I probably have 15 or so.  I use them for just about everything, then just toss them in the wash with my other towels.

Recycled Batteries3) Pay attention to your energy consumption.  This is one area where you have nothing to loose and only savings on your energy bills to gain!  How many rooms in your house have lights on right now, but there’s no one in them?  How many chargers are plugged into your wall that don’t have devices actively charging attached?  If they’re plugged in, you’re consuming energy.  Turn off lights when you leave a room and unplug those unused chargers.  For battery operated devices, opt for recycled batteries like the new Energizer Eco Advanced batteries (the first batteries on the market to use recycled batteries/materials) and make sure to turn off devices or remove the batteries when not in use.

http://mamamommymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Laundry-Soap.jpg4) Make your own cleaners and/or laundry detergent (tutorial below!).  A 68 load liquid detergent runs between $10 and $15 dollars.  You can make about 4 times that much for under $5.  It’s safe, you control the chemicals, it cleans really well, is safe for HE washers and it saves you a ton!  You can also make our own all purpose cleaner for about $1 verses the typical $4 bottle from the store.  Mix a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and distilled water.  You can add a few drops of essential oils for scent.

5) Shop thrift or re-Purpose before you shop new.  Yes, thrift shops can be full of junk, but they can be full of treasures too!  You can often find new with tag clothes at a fraction of the tag price, great deals on furniture pieces and home decor items and you can pick up mix-match pieces from time to time to make things like this great treat stand or other awesome crafts (check out all of the inspiration you can find on Pinterest!)  Shopping thrift or re-purposing items you already have will save you money and keep all of that awesome stuff out of our landfills.

**See the tutorial for DIY Landry Detergent below!**

Homemade-Laundry-Soapa BIG pot

1 bar Fels Naptha Bar Laundry Soap

1 cup Borax

1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

Water

Containers to hold 4 gallons of detergent (I use 4 Mainstays Gallon Canisters)

Starting with your pot and your bar of Fels Naptha, you need to get the soap into meltable pieces.  The easiest way to do this is with a veggie peeler, straight into the pot.  Think of it as shaving a block of cheese.  It will take you a few minutes, but it’s worth it as the soap will melt quicker this way.  If you don’t have a peeler, you can use a grater or simply shave the bar off with a knife.  Both of those options result in slightly larger pieces of soap, thus taking longer to melt.

Once you’ve shaved down your bar of Fels Naptha, add 8 cups of water to the pot and give it a stir.  You’re going to bring this to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the Fels Naptha soap is completely melted.

Once your soap has liquified, add in the Borax, Washing Soda and an additional 8 cups of water.  Stir until mixed and continue to simmer until everything has dissolved and you have one cohesive liquid.  Once that has happened, remove the mixture for the heat and allow it to cool slightly.

Once the detergent has cooled enough to handle, split it evenly between your containers.  At this point, you will then fill the remaining space in each container with water.  Seal your containers and shake them vigorously to mix.

You will need to let your detergent ‘cure’ for about 24 hours before use.  You’ll notice it thickening as it sits.  Use 1-2 tablespoons per load (based on the load size).

Where To Buy Energizer EcoYou can learn more about the new Energizer Eco Advanced, Energizer’s longest lasting alkaline ever by visiting BringingInnovation.net or pick up a pack to try for yourself (just like I did!) at your local Walmart.  PRO TIP: Don’t wander around the electronics section for 20 minutes like I did… just look for the convenient Battery Centers near both entrances.  You’ll find that Energizer Eco Advance is available in both AA and AAA.

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13 Responses to 5 Ways To Live Greener In 2015 Without Breaking The Bank

  1. Courtney says:

    These are great ideas. We hardly ever use paper towels. We have dish towels. Why waste trees?

  2. Phyrra says:

    I like to use cloth napkins that you can wash, rather than paper napkins.

  3. Eugenia says:

    I am a slacker at using towels. I know I use too many paper towels 🙁

  4. Chelsea says:

    It actually amazes me that people use paper plates on the regular, haha. That’s never been a thing for me ever (or for anyone I know), so it seems crazy to me! I thrift shop allll the time so I’m glad I’m doing my part for the environment 😉

  5. Great tips. I’d love to make my own detergent.

  6. Amber says:

    These are all really wonderful ideas!! I may have to try the laundry detergent. It sounds really easy, and inexpensive!

  7. We always make our own detergent- & will never go back!

  8. Laura says:

    i rarely use paper towels. I prefer cloth

  9. Carly says:

    Great tips! Totally going to make my own detergent!

  10. Sarah B says:

    Great tips! We are so terribly guilty of using too many paper towels!! I really need to work on that!! I love the idea of making your own detergent. We spend so much on all-natural detergent and go through it so quickly! Making our own would be earth and budget friendly! #client

  11. Jess Scull says:

    LOVE the DIY laundry detergent idea!

  12. Such great tips! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to change things up in our home!

  13. Jennifer S. says:

    I really need to try making my own etergent. The hubs has pretty sensitive skin and I think this would be the perfect solution AND save us some $$$

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