I’ve disclosed a lot about my personal life this month, and thought I’d finish May by sharing just a few more things that I do. They’re nothing major, but they are cheap, healthy, easy and help the environment, too.
- Last year I switched to glass storage containers for our food. I LOVE them. It’s pretty handy to be able to microwave leftovers in the storage containers. I started out with two sets of Pyrex dishes with lids, but now I’m adding to my collection. I also use glass canning jars. And in an effort to recycle a bit more, I’ve been repurposing glass food jars. As soon as I’m done with our jam or olives or salsa, I wash the jar and lid and use them for leftovers, too. I love how they’re free and come in such funky shapes and sizes. If they end up breaking, I won’t be sad.
- Speaking of repurposing food jars, I’ve also been saving the plastic jars from my grated parmesan cheese. Once I wash them out, I can store some of my powdered cleaning supplies in them, like Borax, baking soda and Super Washing Soda. I can sprinkle them easily when it’s time to clean.
- I use cloth napkins. All the time. When I was engaged, I registered for cloth napkins because I thought they were so romantic. Then I saved them for special occasions. After having children, I kept forgetting to buy paper napkins at the grocery store, so I dug out my cloth ones. The habit just stuck! They’re easy to use, easy to wash and I can cut a few pennies every week by not buying paper. I’m doing my part to save a few trees, too.
- I use cloth kitchen towels, too. I do keep paper towels on hand for those cleaning chores that require something disposable. But for the most part, I try to wipe down my table and counters with cloth for the same reasons I purposely use cloth napkins.
- I’ve recycled some of my old T-shirts that I never intend to wear again by turning them into cleaning rags. I actually cut a few so I have small sizes of T-shirt squares. I love to do my cleaning with these, because I can scrub grungy spots and then throw the rag into the wash. Even if it is a little stained, who cares? I’m just going to continue to dust or scrub with it, anyway.
- Recently I’ve been reusing old aluminum foil to scrub dirty pots and pans. Personally, I think scrubbing sponges are a little nasty – whenever I scrub out a pan of stuck on scrambled eggs, little bits of egg get stuck in the sponge and then it’s just gross. A wadded up piece of aluminum foil scrubs just as well as a scrubber, but I can dispose of it after the gunk is scrubbed off my pans.
How have you been making simple, greener choices in your home?
A big congratulations goes out to Andrea D. and Amanda H., winners of the Maia’s Mineral Galaxy giveaways! (And a huge thank you also goes out to Maia’s Mineral Galaxy for their generous donation.)
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