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Four Ways You Can Make Your Home More Ethical Right Now

As a species we are slowly coming to a dawning realisation… We only have one planet and it’s up to us to take care of it before we do irrevocable damage. It isn’t for nothing that the late Stephen Hawking hypothesised that unless we do something to change our wanton disregard for the planet in the name of progress that we will render the planet uninhabitable within 100 years. Many of us are now looking at ways in which we can make changes to our lifestyle to become more ethical in our buying and living habits.


The good news is that this needn’t be hard work or expensive. No matter what you do for a living, how busy you are at work or what sort of household budget you’re working there are a plethora of changes that you can start to make right now!


Weigh up the ethical cost of your food

We all want to keep our families happy, well fed and well nourished, but that need not come at the expense of our environment. One of the most meaningful ways to make a difference may be by weighing the environmental cost of the food in your fridge. Many of us will be switching to a plant based diet this Veganuary not only because of animal advocacy (although that’s a pretty compelling reason) but because its proven that switching to a vegan diet is “the single biggest” way in which you can reduce the impact your lifestyle has on the environment. Needless to say, using fewer pre-packaged foods and eschewing single use, non-recyclable plastics goes a long way, too!

Make recycling your last line of defence

We tend to think of recycling as the most environmentally friendly way to deal with our waste. However the truth is that recycling is still a fairly inefficient and environmentally damaging way to deal with waste. Recycling is a highly energy intensive process and it’s estimated that nearly 80% of recycling finds its way into landfill anyway.Consider composting and refusing packaging and use recycling as your last line of defence.

Switch to a sustainable energy provider

We all need energy to keep the lights on and the indoor gas heater burning, especially in the colder, darker months. Still, that doesn’t mean that we need to contribute to environmentally damaging energy generation when there are so many sustainable alternatives available to us. You should change your energy supplier regularly anyway to make sure that you’re always getting the best deals. Why not try switching to a sustainable energy provider this year? There are more out there than ever before and they are often no more expensive than their fossil fuel burning counterparts.


Ditch the cleaning products under the sink

We all want a clean and tidy home that’s the envy of friends, neighbours and visitors, but the cleaning products that we use to achieve it can do real damage to our local environment when flushed into our water waste. Consider using biodegradable, environmentally friendly alternatives. Or, better yet, make your own cleaning products. There are a number of natural ways you can make your bathroom sparkle and your kitchen shine.

If you want to make a difference and make your home more ethical, who says you should wait until January to do it?

In what ways do you like to make your home more ethical?

~E xx

Three Surprising Ways To Clean Your Bathroom Naturally

Lately It seems like there are more and more home and cleaning accounts appearing on social media, and while they are fun to watch, it seems like they are using endless amounts of products to clean one room. This not only leads to lots of waste but lots of toxic fumes in the home as well. If the product says that it is harmful to aquatic life on the bottle, then it is going to be harmful to you too. There are plenty of natural ways to clean that are going to better for you, your home, and the environment.


Cleaning the Toilet


Cleaning the toilet can be a challenge, but one that is so important to get right. But did you know that you probably already have something in your kitchen cupboard at home that can do the job? Well, if you like baking, of course. Bicarbonate of Soda, when it is mixed with water, can have a bubbling effect that can help to clean and degrease. So mix eight teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda into the toilet bowl and then leave overnight. You can also use the soda neat on a cloth to clean the toilet lid and all round the toilet. Wipe with a damp cloth afterwards. A few drops of lemon essential oil can help to create an amazing scent too.

Cleaning Shower Panels

If you have a glass screen on your shower or have acrylic shower panels, you will know how much of a nuisance cleaning limescale off them can be. It really shows up when there is limescale, and it isn’t what you want when you want a clean and shiny looking shower. Did you know that white wine can be used as an eco-friendly cleaner for your shower screen? All you need to do is to pour it onto the screen, leave for about half and hour, and then wipe with a dry and soft cloth. It can be a great way to remove limescale and stains in the bathroom, and again, you are likely to already have some in the house.

Cleaning Mirrors

The bathroom is a great place to get ready, and for that reason there are so many reasons why having a mirror in the bathroom is a good idea. But with the steam, humidity, and other things going on in the bathroom, it can get pretty dirty pretty quickly. But there are natural ways to clean a mirror and still have it shine. In a spray bottle, put together a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar (again, you could add in a few drops of essential oil like lemon can make the smell amazing). Spray it, wipe it, and then use newspaper scrunched up to perfect the shine on the mirror. You don’t need lots of chemicals to clean; it is so easy to do that naturally.

Your bathroom is one of the rooms in the home that, naturally, gets pretty dirty. So with that in mind, these are some of the most natural ways that you can clean your bathroom, but still get rid of germs and leave it all smelling amazing. Have you given any of these a try before?

~E xx