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6 Easy Swaps to Make Your Home More "Green"

Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Apr 16 6 minutes read

It seems that everyone is “going green” in one form or another these days, which means that it’s getting much easier to find products for your home that are better for the earth, and better for your health as well.

Cleaning Supplies

When was the last time you read the ingredients on your cleaning supplies? It’s pretty scary. All of those chemicals not only go into the air around you, but many of them get rinsed down the drain and into our water supply as well. Yuck. Luckily there are so many more options for natural cleaning supplies available both at the “regular” store and at a reasonable price point. You can always head over to Amazon, too, for some really great green products. Some of our favorites include:

  • Better Life All Purpose Cleaner and Stainless Steel Polish

  • Green Works All Purpose Cleaner Spray (this one you can usually find at your local grocery store)

  • Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap (you can use this for practically everything)

Natural Dish Soaps

Even though you rinse off your dishes to get the soap off, there’s still residue left behind, which means it has a direct path towards being consumed by you. This seems like a great reason to switch to natural options. A lot of the natural brushes and dispensers have a great design, too, and look fab sitting next to your kitchen sink. We especially love:

  • Bubble Up Dish Soap Dispenser & Brush Set

  • Mrs. Meyer’s

  • The Honest Company Dish Soap

  • Seventh Generation Liquid Dish Soap

Storage Containers

It’s time to part ways with that old plastic Tupperware and ziplock bags. Switch over to glass storage containers instead. (It’s also very bad for you to reheat your food in plastic.) While it’s hard to entirely avoid single-use plastics when you are out and about, you can at least reuse your to-go containers as much as possible. Ziplocks are even more wasteful and harmful to the environment, so even if this is the only swap you make it would have a huge impact. Here are some new storage containers to try:

  • Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bags 

  • Yummi Pouch Sandwich Bags

  • Glasslock Oven Safe Containers

  • Frego Glass Food Storage Container

Baking Mats

Instead of lining your baking sheets with aluminum foil that you just end up throwing away after using once, invest in reusable baking mats. They come in all different shapes and sizes so they will easily fit all of your baking sheets. A few brands to check out include:

  • KITZINI Silicone Baking Mat

  • Artisan Silicone Baking Mat

  • AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat

Alternatives to Plastic Wrap

Plastic wrap can be very convenient when you need to cover an oddly shaped container or one that doesn’t have a lid, but it’s still another form of single-use plastic that we can avoid. Things like reusable cloth bowl covers or beeswax wraps are a super easy swap, plus they come in all different vibrant colors which are just fun. Try out some of these:

  • Dot and Army Linen & Cotton Bowl Covers

  • Bee’s Wrap Eco-Friendly Reusable Food Wraps 

  • Etee Organic Reusable Food Wraps

Reusable Water Bottles & Straws

Think about how many single-use plastic water bottles you have gone through over the past few months. It’s a little scary. Start making it a habit to carry around a reusable water bottle and start requesting “no straw” when you order drinks and brink your own. Water bottles are almost like a fashion accessory these days so it’s not at all challenging to find a super stylish one. Here are a few you’ll see us carrying around:

  • Yeti 

  • Hydro Flask

  • Brita Sport 

  • Klean Kanteen

  • S’well 

Quit Using Dryer Sheets

You actually don’t need to dry your clothes with dryer sheets, but no one wants to be walking around with static cling issues, and it is nice to have a clean scent on your clothes when they come out of the dryer. Unfortunately, traditional dryer sheets are full of chemicals that get pumped out of your vents and into the air we all breath, and the chemicals stay on the clothes we wear giving them a great chance to seep into our system through our skin. Fabric dryer sheets and dryer balls are both fantastic alternatives that still smell nice, prevent static, and are nicer to the environment. Grab one of these and give them a try: 

  • Parachute Wool Dryer Balls (add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils to any dryer balls for a customized scent)

  • Honest Company Dryer Cloths

  • Green Blossom Organic Wool Dryer Balls

Reusable Produce & Grocery Bags

We are trained pretty well here in Long Beach to carry around reusable grocery bags, but have you considered bringing your own produce bags, too? If you’re already bringing your shopping bags you may as well bring produce bags too. Or skip the bags altogether if that works for you. Your two avocados will make it home just fine if they aren’t bagged together. Take your reusable grocery bag to the next level with any of these:

  • BagPodz Reusable Bag and Storage System

  • Easy Fold Reusable Grocery Bags

  • Earthwise Large Insulated Grocery Bag

  • Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags 

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