From Green Interior Designs, by Lori Dennis
Five Green Interior Design Tips That Don’t Cost a Penny!
1. Clean often (and vacuum) with non toxic products. That layer of dust in your home includes dead skin from humans and pets (not so bad) and a breakdown of walls, fabrics, paints, plastics which probably contain carcinogens (very bad). This is why interior air is often more harmful than exterior air. Keeping it clean is one of your best Green Interior Design strategies. A proper green clean arsenal includes:
- white vinegar, baking soda, peroxide and rags for cleaning
- vegetable oil with a few drops of lemon for polishing
- a hefty portion of elbow grease
2. Open the windows and let the sunshine in. Sunlight is a natural disinfectant. Even if you live in an apartment, you can place pillows, blankets and mattresses in front of an open window to allow solar rays and fresh air to help sanitize them. It’s a lot easier than steam cleaning them, too!
3. Reuse what you already have. If you are inspired by a space you see in a magazine, look around your house or office. What pieces do you have that are a similar look, scale, color? Arrange existing items in the same way as the magazine spread. You’ll be amazed by how your old things take on a fresh, new look.
4. Next time you’re going to buy cut flowers, consider a flowering plant instead. if you take care of it, it can last for decades. An added bonus is that plants help to clean the air and produce oxygen. Gerber Daisies, Peace Lillies and Bamboo are cool looking plants that do this well.
5. Don’t water your grass. Let it die, rip it up and thrown in seasonal seeds from your favorite veggies and fruit. There’s nothing as tasty as fresh tomatoes from your own garden. If you live in an apartment, ask if you can borrow communal space or plant in a pot next to the window.
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