5 Easy Steps Everyone Can Do for Greener Living


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Going Green doesn’t have to be hard, time-consuming, or cost a lot of money. I’m often asked what steps people can take to live a greener life style – steps that everyone can take. Here’s my top FIVE list of ways you can go green today! They’re actually easy to do! And they’ll save you money in the long run. What are you waiting for to make a positive impact on your Earth and your wallet?

5 Easy Steps Everyone Can Do for Greener Living.

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1. Shut off electronics when not in use.

There seems to be some debate on how much money you will save by turning off your electronics when not in use, but the simple fact that powering down your computer (and printer and TV and toaster and DVD player and all those little things that are constantly charging…and…and…and) will save energy! A common complaint is that it’s too much work to power off all of these items every single day, but simply plugging them into a spike bar makes powering them down really easy. At night, flip the switch and BAM! You’re saving energy! You might even notice a small savings on your monthly utility bill by doing this, and the more electronics you power down at night, the bigger your savings, and the bigger your impact!

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2. Switching to one green household cleaner.

Did you know that a many of the household cleaners sold in the US contain toxic ingredients and some of them are actually banned from being sold abroad? Yup, the chemicals in many cleaners can cause a whole host of problems especially to children.  The basic rule I follow, if the package claims FATAL if swallowed or inhaled, POISON, DANGER, or MUST BE USED WITH GLOVES, I don’t buy it.

I have found it very easy {and cheap} to make my own nontoxic cleaners using a variety of products: vinegar, borax, lemon juice, essential oils, baking soda and water. I know what’s in those products, and best of all, they do a nice job cleaning my house {erm, when I use them}.


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3. Add a houseplant for cleaner air.

Did you know that houseplants add oxygen and remove chemicals from the air? That’s right! They help purify the air in your house – so essentially, you can create your own clean air in your home if you decorate with houseplants. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, houseplants can remove toxic chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

Houseplants don’t have to be hard to grow either. Sure there are some varieties that are easy to grow, but there are also many forgiving houseplants that will tolerate, and maybe even thrive, on a certain amount of neglect and abuse. Check out my list of the 12 Easiest Houseplants You Can Grow and add one to your home!

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4. Take shoes off when entering the house.

Did you know that 30-40% of the contaminants in your home are brought inside by your clothing, your shoes, and your pets? These contaminants that we bring in is especially hard on kids and people with respiratory problems, like asthma. When we lived in Japan in early 2000, I was shocked at how vigilant families were about removing their shoes. It was second nature to them. They almost always had either a second pair of house shoes, or slippers with them to slip on even when visiting other people! I have made this rule in my home own, but now that we’re living in a barn, it’s kind of gone by the way side a bit. When we finally move into our passive house, I will enforce the NO-Shoes rule with a vengeance to keep the dirt and toxins out of my home.

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5. Switch to Energizer’s new EcoAdvanced batteries.

Finally,one last step everyone can take to go green is to switch to more responsible products – products that are made from recycled materials and save on new resources. I recently starting using the new EcoAdvanced battery from Energizer which is the world’s first battery made with recycled batteries/materials. It’s a high performance battery and is Energizer’s “longest lasting alkaline ever.” EcoAdvanced batteries are available at Walmart in AA and AAA.

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By the way, did you know you should recycle your batteries instead of throwing them out in the trash? It’s illegal, even, in California to throw batteries in the trash. I save my spent batteries in a grocery bad and take them to the power company. Sometimes Lowes stores recycle batteries for customers too. Call around to find out what you can do with your batteries.

Many thanks to EcoAdvanced batteries for sponsoring this post! Please connect with them on facebook, instagram, and twitter and please share one easy step you take to go green that I didn’t mention!

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. Love this 🙂 I make my own cleaning supplies too. I used to miss the ‘scent’ of a clean house, but got over that quickly. Sometimes I add a few drops of essential oil (loving grapefruit right now…) to my homemade cleaner.

    1. I sometimes add essential oil too and I also love citrus! Also Bergamont and Tea Tree Oil.

  2. I LOVE these tips! So many great ideas! We switched to all-natural cleaning products (as well as personal care items like shampoo) when I was pregnant, and I can no longer even tolerate the smell of some non-natural cleaners! I want to get more house plants in here, but I have trouble keeping even the most hardy, alive! #client

    1. Thanks, Sarah! You might surprise yourself with a houseplant. Try out one from the list I linked to! 🙂

  3. Love this post, so simple yet so effective! I had never heard of those batteries before, thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Sarah! It really is easy to go green, as I know you know. Hope you find the batteries! 🙂