By Tia Cristy
Going green is everywhere, I feel like I’m outta the loop with it all. My girlfriend is all organic and gets mad at me. We have stupid arguments all the time. So, I guess I want to start doing my part. So, how do I start? Jerry, 28
Well, going “green” is pretty easy. You can start with baby steps. Recycling your trash is a great start. Some areas will pay you to recycle, some will charge you and some areas are now mandatory to separate your trash from recycling. In a lot of areas you can just throw all recyclables into one can, so its simple. Some people like to go completely “green”, which can be difficult for others. Being completely organic can be a challenge for some people and can be a bit more expensive if you are living on a strict budget. The best part is, any little lifestyle difference you make can be an improvement to you and your environment. Your best bet, if you and your girlfriend are under the same roof, is to find out what you are both capable of committing too with improving your life and home.
No couple or family should ever argue over the amount of “green” one
participates in. For example, if your girlfriend is a vegetarian and you’re not, that’s okay as long as you respect each others decision, and not be-little each other for your differences. Eat meals together, with regard to one another’s dietary choices. If she feels the need to separate all the plastic, paper and glass, and you don’t have time to care, come up with a system like having a pile that you put all those things in, and that allows her to feel you respect her decision in what she is doing and not neglecting her feelings in what she feels is important. As I said, it’s easy for some and difficult for others, but if you know what to expect from each other, it can help in sticking with your environment change.
A lot of new sciences have discovered certain cleaning products can be
harmful, but most people don’t want to give up the fact of knowing their home is sanitized. And, some proactive organic lifers told me they feel some of those “green” products are expensive and don’t seem to work. If that’s one of your concerns, a helpful tip is to use vinegar to clean your counters. Vinegar kills bacteria and will leave your surfaces clean without harsh chemicals. The distinct vinegar smell will dissipate not long after
it dries, so if you’re not a fan of the odor, no worries, it will be gone
before you know it. Peroxide is the best for killing mold in places like the shower. Get a spray bottle add straight peroxide or you can water it down, and just spray down your tub and shower. It will leave it clean; some scrubbing may be necessary.
Several products I recommend essential in every house whether you want to be considered “green”, organic or none of thee above, besides vinegar and peroxide, is cornstarch, rubbing alcohol, olive oil and peanut butter. It’s a start up kit to a lot of tips I’ll provide later. Those products can get a lot of jobs done with the reduction of harsh chemicals in your environment or just make life simple. Be sure to keep reading Tips from Tia; I’ll try give you the “green”est organic way to get the job done.
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