Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Belated Earth Day!

Here are 10 day-after-Earth-Day green tips!

1. Use lemons as..

  • ant repellent
  • a multi-purpose cleaner
  • Bleach (for laundry)
  • an odor neutralizer
  • disinfectant for minor cuts and wounds
  • see more ideas here!
2. Stop Idling
 "Every moment you spend idling your car's engine means needlessly wasting gas, as well as rougher wear on your vehicle. Idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than is needed for startup. Overall, Americans idle away 2.9 billion gallons of gas a year, worth around $78.2 billion." -thedailygreen

3. Take a challenge on

4. Precycle (41 tips here)

5. Use baking soda to..

  • clean your dishwasher
  • wash your veggies (use a pot of water with 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda)
  • deodorize your vacuum cleaner (sprinkle some in the bag)
  •  remove stains
  • make mouthwash
  • click here for more info and more tips!
6. Turn off your computer
" Save energy and wear and tear on your hardware by shutting down your computer at night. You'll save an average of $90 of electricity a year. The Department of Energy recommends shutting off your monitor if you aren't going to use it for more than 20 minutes, and the whole system if you're not going to use it for more than two hours." -thedailygreen

7. Start a recycling team for your school/office/community at Terracycle to recycle things like CapriSun pouches and chip bags and earn money for charities!

8. Use hydrogen peroxide...

  • with baking soda to make toothpaste
  • to remove blood stains from clothing
  • treat mold in your house
  • to clean your toothbrush
  • see more ideas here!
9. Give and receive items for free in your town with Freecycle

10. Compost your food scraps instead of throwing them away.

Now get out there and green your environment!

Happy Belated Earth Day!! :)


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