There’s a common misconception that it’s hard to live green when you’re in a condominium. In fact, there are plenty of ways you can continue to live green at your new unit at Ironstone.

Cleaning Green

Green cleaning usually refers to using cleaning solutions and methods that keep our environment healthy.

You can do this by using more natural substances like baking soda, vinegar and lemons to clean the surfaces. You can also purchase products that are more environmentally-friendly – as in they avoid phosphates, chlorine, artificial fragrances, and artificial colors. Buying biodegradable cleaners is also a viable option.

We like making our own cleaning solutions with vinegar.  Mix a solution of 1 part water to 1 part vinegar in a new store bought spray bottle and you have a solution that will clean most areas of your home.

Here are some tips on where to use your inexpensive, environmentally-friendly solution:

  • Use pure vinegar in the toilet bowl to get rid of rings.

  • Mop the floor in the bathroom with a vinegar/water solution. The substance will also eat away the soap scum and hard water stains on your fixtures and tile.

  • Clean the stovetop, appliances, countertops, and floor in your kitchen

  • Using vinegar as a natural fabric softener can be especially helpful for families who have sensitive skin

  • Add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle in place of store bought fabric softener

Energy Savers

Living green can extend beyond merely green cleaning. These tips will help you reduce your electricity bill and help the environment.

  • Use ceiling fans to keep air moving, making you feel cooler and reducing the need for air conditioning

  • Set your fan at lower speeds to save energy

  • Use fluorescent tubes or compact fluorescent light bulbs. They last 16 times longer than incandescent light bulbs and use only 30% of the energy

  • Use timers for indoor and outdoor lights to limit electricity use to times when needed

  • Use a toaster oven or microwave whenever possible. Both use less energy than a conventional oven

  • Replace washers or cartridges on dripping taps. One drop a second wastes up to 96 litres a month

  • Change your filter as required to maintain the efficiency of your fan coil unit

  • Set your clothes washer for a lower water level fill and do cold washes

  • Set your clothes dryer to dry your clothes at a slightly damp condition for ironing or hanging. This will reduce electrical use

Do you have any tips on green living? Let us know below!