The struggle to reduce our carbon footprint seems to be a daily battle. Sometimes it is difficult to know what exactly is considered “green” or what to do to help. Surprisingly, there are many simple things that can be done at home to reduce our footprint. There’s no better time to do it than now, with so many of use stuck at home due to the pandemic. Not only will you be making the earth healthier, you’ll make your time at home healthier! Here are 5 ways to make your apartment eco-friendly!

Text by Kassie Roberts

eco-mop and bucket.
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Use Green Cleaning Products

Did you know that not only are green products good for the environment but also can be healthier for you? Green products do not contain harmful chemicals that can damage indoor air quality. There are many different types and brands to choose from, so you are sure to find one you love.

open washing machine with towel sticking out.
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Watch Washing Machine Usage

It’s important to know and understand how to use a washing machine to limit our carbon footprint. The best way is to wash using cold water as much as possible and to use green laundry detergents. Popular brands include Mrs. Meyers and ECOS. If you have allergies or sensitive skin, you can also make your own.

dishtowels in various patterns.
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Use Dish Towels 

Every time I buy paper towels, I tend to waste them. A great way to get rid of them and add some style to your kitchen is switching dish towels. Not only are they a green alternative, but they can add some much-needed color to your cooking space.

potted succulents in front of gray couch with succulent-printed pillows.
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Replace Air Purifiers with House Plants

NASA’s release of its Clean Air Study has sparked a revolution for houseplants. They found that plants can purify the air from toxins and produce oxygen. There are many different types of flowers and plants that have a strong purifying result. They also add wonderful decor compared to a bulky air purifier.

white curtains.
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Blackout Curtains 

Not only do blackout curtains enhance a good night’s sleep (or a midday nap), but they can also reduce air conditioning costs. They act as extra insulation to prevent hot or cold air from seeping through the windows. That means less wasting your air conditioning and more enjoying a darkened room.