National Geographic recently published an article which listed 17 countries and their corresponding “Greendex” which measured their overall healthy and green lifestyle. I found this odd as India placed first, and frankly I saw Slumdog Millionaire and there is no way that country is greener than America, and decided to research further.
The link directed me to a poll that asked questions about whether or not I drove to work, ate meat more than once a week, and the like. It became very clear why India scored highest! However, I think that, on the whole, Americans have wised up to some of our less commendable practices vis-a-vis the environment and we are all doing what we can to make this great US of A a better place.
In order to avoid ostracizing some of you who think being green is about smelling like patchouli and the like, I am going to make it my goal to help you find small changes that are also beneficial to your lifestyle and health — yes folks, they go hand in hand!
Instead of using some of the more stringent cleaners out there, next time your place needs a good wipe down, think about using distilled vinegar (regular old white vinegar) and diluting with water. It won’t strip your floors, won’t leave toxins behind, and frankly I am a neat freak and this gets everything more clean than some of the more common and trusted brands.
If you are hating life since our beloved dish washing detergents were banished—fear not—a dab of baking soda in with your new detergent will leave your dishes spotless and free of residues!