Posted on 10/10/2012
When you go green, making sure your home's furnishings and decor look fantastic is about much more than just having it look good - you want it to last! Sustainable wood flooring is only sustainable if it doesn't need regular replacement, after all. Looking to go green around the home but simultaneously wanting to find a green and all natural way to keep your space beautiful and clean? Consider these awesome additions you can make room by room, then check out the recipes for a little DIY magic that'll help you stay on top of household chores.
Engineered hardwood flooring with radiant heat
Nothing looks quite as beautiful as a living room's wood floors, but in order to avoid a guilty conscience about the trees that had to go down to help you put your living room together, why not look toward a more sustainable source? Engineered wood flooring often uses less actual timber to make, but is just as beautiful and durable as its solid counterpart. Engineered boards constructed out of bamboo would make for a great sustainable choice, and the bonus is that this flooring style can help you change your heating habits as well. Radiant heating systems fit perfectly under engineered wood flooring, and they make for an all natural and green way to keep your home toasty winter-long. Energy-efficient and relying on convection currents to heat your home, radiant heat technology is also sure to improve your air quality.
All natural wood polish
Now that you have those beautiful wood floors, what's the best way to take care of them and bring out that shine? A little all natural wood polish should do the trick. Grab a small spray bottle and mix up a bit of this great cleaner - careful though, it's perishable, so you don't want to make more than you're planning to use. Squeeze a lemon (or about 4 tablespoons of lemon juice) into your container, then mix in two tablespoons of both water and olive oil. Shake it up and spray it on!
Water-saving showerhead and eco-friendly toilet
Now that your sustainable flooring has helped out the forests and your energy-efficient heating is doing your utilities bill a favor while shrinking your carbon footprint, what can you do to save a little water in your home? It's easy to forget that water is a resource as well - and one that's hard to come by in many parts of the world. Reduce your water waste by investing in a water-saving showerhead. You can find these at a variety of home design stores. Why not also take the plunge on an eco-friendly toilet? These clever contraptions use minimal amounts of water to get their job done.
All natural tub scrub
A water-saving shower head may be a boon for the environment, but it's not going to help you keep your tub any cleaner. To do that, try mixing a cup of baking soda with a teaspoon of peppermint oil or a little liquid soap. Add enough water to get it soft and pastey with plenty of stirring then scour your tub with a sponge.
All natural toilet bowl cleaner
So how could anything keep a toilet bowl as clean as trusty (and toxic) bleach? Try this DIY and all natural recipe out and you'll be surprised! Simply mix 1 cup vinegar with ¼ cup of baking soda and pour them both right into the toilet bowl. Let it sit there for 15 to 20 minutes, then go in with a scrub brush and flush. Feel free to scent with lemon juice as well!
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