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Your Spring Clean Up! Earth Day 2016

Your Spring Clean Up! Earth Day 2016

With Earth Day tomorrow, can you believe we are now entering the 46th year of a crusade that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action? Way back in 1970, this movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues that affect our sacred Earth. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas, and by the power of our example.

We believe Earth Day is much more than just one single day of the year to acknowledge our fragile environment and the space we occupy.  Together we can make things happen and create a vision of the bigger picture and a brighter future for generations to come. Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth. Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Let’s take the momentum from the Paris Climate Summit and build on it.

Let’s start now and not stop.

Now, we know we can’t do all these things on our own, but here are 6 SIMPLE ways that you can make your home more environmentally-friendly and easy ways to clean without using those toxic chemicals! We love our earth, so let’s help as much as we can. It’s easy and smart to create your own clean footprint right in your own home.

  • Salt that kitchen! Table salt is your best weapon when cleaning wooden kitchen areas, like counter tops and butcher blocks. Cover grease splatters with salt, wait an hour, and brush away the salt. To erase permanent-marker stains from finished wood floors or solid-surface counter tops, simply pour rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball and gently polish. For overall kitchen cleaning, mix one cup white vinegar with one cup water. Clean drains by pouring straight vinegar down the drain. Let sit for 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
  • Vinegar that bathroom! Vinegar works wonders in bathrooms! To clean toilet bowls, mix one cup of vinegar with ¼ cup baking soda, pour into the basin, and scrub with a brush. For moldy tiles, spray vinegar on the affected areas. Let stand for about 15 minutes, then rinse and let dry thoroughly. To tackle mineral deposits on showerheads, pour vinegar into a plastic bag (grocery bags work best), and knot the handles over the neck of the showerhead, securing with rubber bands. Let soak overnight and rinse with water in the morning.
  • Rinse your fruit! You bought the fruit because it’s healthful; cleaning that fruit will ensure that it really is. Think about it: your fruit and vegetables go through a lot to get to you, and a lot of people handle them, which could mean exposure to harmful bacteria like salmonella and listeria.
  • Give your house some fresh air! Consider all of the dust that gets dislodged when you vacuum and dust your home. Then keep in mind that dust can become a host for contaminants. The best advice: create good ventilation when cleaning so dust gets out of the house.
  • Make recycling a reality! We know that a lot of shopping is done online these days, but are you making sure to return those cardboard boxes to a recyclable area? Are loads of newspapers getting tossed in the trash week by week? Make sure to take the time to bring those recyclable goods to the nearest recycling center or dump—we promise there is one closer than you think!
  • Freshen up your pillows! You should wash your pillows two to four times a year to get rid of the build up of skin cells, dust mites and moisture. Down and fiberfill pillows can go in your washer, but foam pillows cannot (clean foam pillows by using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner).

*Portions of article reprinted from: www.grandparents.com ,www.today.com, www.earthday.com

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