Today we have a guest post from Kelsey over at Modernize. I hope you enjoy these tips for a healthier and greener home!

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Modernize

Via Modernize

If you’re looking to go green (or green-er), there are plenty of small steps you can take that will make a big difference. Modernize can help you make your home a safer place for your family and become a better steward of the environment with these everyday changes.

Buy Environment Friendly Cleaning Products

You may not think “clean” unless you smell the scent of bleach and Windex. Unfortunately, these very effective products are also very loaded with chemicals that can harm our bodies and the environment. Using organic products may be an entirely new experience, but they can be just as effective as mainstream products—and are definitely safer if you’re using the right stuff! If you’re feeling extra savvy, you can make your own with household staples such as lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and castile soap. Make sure you’re following trustworthy recipes and using them on the recommended surfaces.

Replace Your Light Bulbs

Yes, LED lights are more expensive. But they also last longer. They are not a needless expense, but a small-scale money-saving investment in your home and in the environment. If you prefer, buy them a few at a time to go easier on your pockets rather than trying to replace every bulb in the house at once. Start with the most lived-in rooms and work out from there.

Buy Reusable Containers

Disposable containers are easy. What’s more convenient than grabbing a plastic water bottle on the way out the door and recycling it later? But it’s high time that many of us cut down to minimal use of plastic for the good of our environment and even our bodies. Start by buying reusable containers and water bottles for you and your family. Metal, glass, and ceramic are all friendlier, safer choices than plastic.

Install Water Savers on Faucets

Instead of letting water go to waste as you wait for it to heat up, install water savers or new efficient faucets that slow down water flow. These are inexpensive updates that can cut your water use by more than half. There’s no easier way to save money and save water without cutting your shower short!

Cancel Print Subscriptions and Coupons

How much junk mail do you throw away? How many coupons from your favorite stores do you receive but never get around to using? Nowadays, you can get great coupons emailed to you from most of your favorite places. Save junk for your spam folder and cancel your useless print subscriptions to conserve paper and reduce the waste coming from your home.

Unplug Devices You’re Not Using

Even devices that are turned off can still suck up energy. Save yourself a few bucks and take one more step toward greening up your home by unplugging any devices that aren’t in use. Yes, it’s slightly more inconvenient and sometimes it’s hard to remember. But once you go around your house and look at all of the unused items that are still vamping energy, you’ll be glad you thought to do it. Tip: use powerstrips to unplug several items at once without making it into a whole ordeal every day.

Buy Local Produce

You probably don’t think about this when you’re shopping at a grocery store chain, but the produce surrounding you has traveled hundreds if not thousands of miles to get to those shelves and barrels near you. Not only does this mean it’s less fresh and needs more preservatives to stay delicious—it means that plenty of gas and oil was used to get it there. As an alternative to buying well-traveled produce, start buying your produce fresh from local markets.