Reducing your carbon footprint is the in-thing to do nowadays. With the environment getting worse and world leaders not helping, it’s down to regular, run-of-the-mill homeowners to pick up the slack. Of course, there are other, more important things on your to-do list because you’re a stay-at-home mom. There aren’t enough hours in the day to clean, cook and help the kids with their homework.
However, it’s stay-at-home moms who stand to benefit the most from turning their home into a green haven. The truth is that the benefits make life easier in a variety of ways, and you can always do with a break. Again, there aren’t enough hours in a day! Here’s what you should keep in mind if you haven’t contemplated creating an eco-home already.
It’s A Money-Saver
Regular cleaning products aren’t cheap. Every week, you have to fork out a couple of bucks and the costs stack up over a month. In one year, a family can spend up to $500, money you could use to treat the kids, pay off a debt, or save up for a rainy day.
The great thing about green products is that they are twice as cheap and as effective. Lemi Shine citric acid cleaners have an incredible Nielsen rating, so there’s no need to worry about them not working. And, if you want to get uber-thrifty, you can make your own with regular household ingredients. Can a few cups of lemon juice and mix it with vinegar and voila – the house will be spotless.
It Sets An Example
Kids watch their parents and use the skills they learn in later life. At the moment, there is a real danger the world might not be around in the future. So, when your kids and grandkids are older, they will need to be as eco-savvy as possible to undo previous generations’ mistakes.
It’s not fair but it’s the truth, which is why teaching them good practices now will stand them in good stead. By taking them shopping and asking them to pick out the things you need, they’ll get into the habit of choosing green alternatives. You can even add cleaning to their chores so that see the benefits close up.
It Helps With Allergies
Summer is here and that means one thing: allergy season. As the pollen rise, you and your family might be a victim of hay fever and it’s a nasty experience. Some people can’t leave the house it gets so bad, so your home should be a haven. Unfortunately, allergens are everywhere due to harmful cleaning products.
The flooring is the biggest culprit because the carpet and thick materials trap dust. As soon as you move or dust them, they fly into the air and go up your nose. Although it seems drastic, changing the flooring for wood or bamboo is a smart move. Why? It’s because wood, bamboo especially, doesn’t hold onto dust so it’s easy to clean. Also, it absorbs CO2 and takes it out of the air, lowering your footprint by a significant amount.
It’s A Healthy Hobby
One of the best ways to go green is to grow your own food. When you know where it’s come from, you don’t have to deal with any harmful chemicals or toxins. Supermarket products today, particularly fruit and vegetables, are covered in pesticides to repel insects and prevent them from getting ripe too soon.
The good news is it’s healthy for you and your family as well as the planet. Not only do you get the benefits of eating better ingredients, but you work out more. It might not seem like much yet bending down and getting up again is good exercise. And, if you have to dig a hole, you’ll feel like you’ve done a 10k!
It Stops Over-Reliance
There are too many electronic devices in a modern household, and they have a negative effect. Nowadays, it’s not rare for kids to play with their phones at the dinner table or not make eye contact when you ask them a question. Aside from being rude, they need manners to survive in the workplace and to form relationships.
Thankfully, going green takes the emphasis away from electronics as it removes them. To save energy, you need fewer appliances in the house. Plus, they can’t be plugged in all the time or else they’ll guzzle electricity. When they’re not as accessible, they don’t have as big of an impact.
So, when are you going to introduce green practices into your home?