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One of my biggest goals for my home in 2015 is to live greener, more natural lives. I’ve been slowly working on different areas of our lives (check out my natural deodorant recipe) and today I’m excited to share 5 things I do around our home to repurpose, reuse, or greenify (is that a word?) our life here at home!
1. Reuse Candle Jars
Oh I love candles! I burn them throughout our entire home and we have all come to love it. Something about the aroma of candles makes the home feel cozy. And, since we burn a lot of candles we have a lot of those jars left over! I’ve recently become a bit addicted to reusing them for whatever I can. But, how do you get that left over wax out of there? I’ll show you! This is the method I use:
- Place the candle jar on a plate.
- Boil water.
- Pour boiling water into jar.
- Let sit until cooled.
- Wax will rise to top.
While it’s still cooling you can take a knife (like I did in the video) and poke at the wax. You’ll see that it’s already detached and you’ll just be helping it come to the top. It’s so easy and something the kids love watching! **Some people put their candle jars in the freezer then hack away at the frozen wax with a butter knife. But I’m waaaaay to accident prone for that, so this method was safer and much easier for my personal preference.
2. Make your own all-purpose cleaner
Nothing says chemical invasion like store-bought cleaners! This is one of the easiest ways to start going greener and more natural in your home. Make your own all-purpose cleaners! Here’s my go-to recipe I mix it in a standard 24oz spray bottle (you can find these anywhere).
- ½ cup of white vinegar
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- Fill the rest of the bottle up with water
3. Reuse Grocery Bags
Amy I the only one that saves these? Most people outside of my family look at me like I’m crazy when they see all the saved grocery bags in my laundry closet! I think these are so useful for so many things. I like to use them as trash bags around the house in our mini trash cans. They are quick to grab and easier to handle than large garbage bags. I also like to use them when we travel to wrap up our shampoo and conditioner bottles. This way, when if they burst – they’ll burst in the bags!
4.Reuse Milk Jugs
This is one of those items on my spring to-do list with the kids! I can’t wait! All you do is take a used milk jug and:
- Rinse it
- Cut off the top
- Cut small holes in the bottom
- Label the jug or let your kids paint on them
- Fill it with soil
- Add the seeds
Place in an area where they receive enough sunlight for them to grow. Here’s a more detailed step by step tutorial if you need one. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Planter-out-of-an-Old-Milk-Jug
5. Use recycled batteries
Right? Sure enough, Energizer has come out with a line of eco-friendly recycled batteries! The Energizer EcoAdvanced battery is the first one on the market to use recycled batteries/materials. AND it’s also Energizer’s longest lasting alkaline ever! Seriously, they totally made recycling even more awesome by taking something old and making it not just new but also BETTER!
These are super easy to find in the battery section at your local Walmart.
Plus, for families like ours who have a zillion remotes and another zillion toys that need AA batteries (don’t worry, they also carry them in AAA), this is totally awesome. It’s like guild free energy all wrapped up in to an awesome battery!
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