Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth-Friendly Mothering

This Friday is Earth Day. I think it would be great if we all decided to try and do one thing to be a little more eco-friendly in our homes. Not only can you feel good about going "green", but a lot of times an eco-friendly change can also save money! Here are some ideas.

Switch from Paper towels to dish rags
Make one dinner a week a meatless meal
Wash two loads of laundry a week on cold
Try hanging your laundry to dry
Make an exerted effort to turn off the lights when you leave a room

Buya few reusable grocery bags
Buy a good water bootle and give up bottled water
Plant a garden
Bring some plants into your home
Look into homemade cleaning products using lemons, vinegar, baking soda, etc.
Unplug chargers when not in use
Plug all of your electronics into a power strip and then turn it off each night when you go to bed to reduce phantom energy drain

Need more ideas? I really like the website eartheasy.com It has some great ways to go green, that aren't totally crazy, as well as helping you get started on things like composting, eco-friendly yard maintenance, etc.

I personally really need to work on shutting off the lights (speaking of which I should go turn off the lights in the kitchen right now), I also want to try and put a plant in every room of the house.

Leave a comment below to share what you are going to try!


  1. I felt a little better about myself after reading the parts about the laundry. Joseph has been really good about getting us to recycle, but there are a lot of other things we could work on. We need to work more on turning off the lights and other electronics, and also we could work on not using the central air as much and just opening a window!

  2. I will dry more of my clothes outside now that the weather is warming up.
    I also want to buy another hybrid car next year.