DIY’s To Make Your Home More Eco Friendly

                

By Keziah Arellano

Times are changing, as well as the Earth. Humanity needs to start doing something to contribute to the change of the world, but this time for the better. Here are three things that you can do yourself that will not only help the environment, but may also help your bank account.

 

Reusable Cleaning Wipes

Why you should use them:

  1. The toxicity and chemicals given out by the commercial cleaning wipes decreases as you stop buying     them and using your new reusable cleaning wipes. 

  2. These reusable cleaning wipes lessen the waste that commercial cleaning wipes provide. 

  3. You save money when you use your homemade wipes. 

Ingredients

  1. Any type of cloth

  2. Scissors 

  3. Spoon

  4. Container with lid

  5. Water 

  6. Vinegar

  7. Alcohol

  8. Essential Oils (!!)

Measurements (these change depending on the size and material of the cloth)

  1. 2 cups of water

  2. ½ cup of vinegar 

  3. ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol 

  4. How many drops of the essential oil(s) you use is up to you

Directions

  1. Cut up the cloths with your scissors in any way you would like. 

  2. Add water, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol to the container and stir well. 

  3. Add essential oils of your choice and stir well.

  4. Add cloths. 

  5. Put on lid and shake well.

Credit: Nature’s Nature

 

 

Tin Can Lantern 

Why you should use it:

  1. Electricity is expensive.

  2. Electricity can cause pollution when powered by fossil fuels..

  3. You can use the lanterns for little things like reading.

Materials

  1. 2 tin cans 

  2. Spray paint (recommended: ColorMaster)

  3. Candle or Light Kit

  4. Large nail

  5. Hammer 

  6. Super Glue 

Directions

  1. Use the nail and hammer to make holes evenly spaced all over the two cans. 

  2. Cut out the bottom on both cans (Can openers work).

  3. Spray the spray paint all over, avoiding the inside. 

  4. Add candles or lights inside one can.

  5. Add super glue to the opened bottoms. 

  6. Glue two cans together from their bottoms. 

  7. Cut open top of the now fused cans (You can use this opening to insert a new candle or change the bulbs on your lights).

Credit: A Little Craft in Your Day 

 

 Reusable Table Napkins

Why you should use it:

  1. Paper napkins are wasteful. 

  2. You save money as you stop buying paper napkins.

  3. It would be a cute little spin on your dining room table!

Materials

  1. Cloth (quilting cotton recommended)

  2. Scissors

  3. Pencil

  4. Sewing machine

  5. Thread

  6. Iron

Directions

  1. Cut cloth into squares.

  2. Place two similarly sized cloths on top of each other. 

  3. Sew squares together with your preferred stitch, leaving one side open. 

  4. Turn it inside out and use the pencil to poke out the corners for an edge.

  5. Turn it back right side out and iron it for a nice finish.

Credit: House Beautiful 

 

When you finish these easy to do DIYs, your home will be not only cute but eco-friendly as well!