10 Unexpected Ways You Can Go Green at Home


Going green at home isn't just good for the earth, it's good for your health and your budget! Going green doesn't need to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as using vinegar as a cleaning agent or buying food at the farmer's market. Most of us are aware of the popular ways to be more eco-friendly at home, including investing in energy-efficient appliances and LED lights. But there are plenty of small and significant changes you can make before you buy a new refrigerator. Here are ten unexpected ways you can go green at home. 

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1. Invest in Reusable Containers

Today, it seems like everything we buy comes in a plastic container. Shampoo, ketchup, laundry detergent—you name it. Switching to reusable containers is easy and inexpensive. First, use what containers you already have. Glass food containers for things like salsa can be reused to store leftovers, while plastic containers can be repurposed into flower pots, among other innovative purposes. 

2. Buy in Bulk

Now that you have some reusable containers in stock, it's time to buy in bulk. Many grocery stores now offer the option to buy in bulk, which actually saves you money in addition to using less plastic. Many products, such as rice and oats, are actually cheaper when purchased in bulk than in individual packages. This is also true for spices, coffee and snacks such as almonds and raisins. You can even buy bulk pet supplies online, making it easy to provide for your whole furry family. It's important to remember that the cost of a food product also includes the cost of the packaging, making buying in bulk a sustainable and financially-conscious choice. 

3. Upgrade Cleaning Products

You want your home to be clean and green, but so many of the cleaning products you find on the market are full of toxic chemicals! Fortunately, there are several DIY options when it comes to making your cleaning more eco-friendly. Just make sure to do your research first, and avoid combining certain ingredients that may have adverse effects. If you are not interested in making your own, look for chemical-free cleaners that are effective for your home and better for the planet. 

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