How to Observe Earth Day in Birmingham and Trussville, AL

eagleEarth Day is right around the corner: Tuesday, April 22nd to be exact.  An event currently observed by over 1 billion people each year.

And while the “green movement” seems to be in full swing everywhere you look, sometimes it’s easy to lapse back into bad habits, especially when your mind is on dozens of other things all at the same time.

So if you need a little reminder and some helpful tips on how to reduce your family’s carbon foot print, we’re here to help. Even better, what we offer are small steps both easy to adopt and just as easy to turn into everyday habits, which ultimately is the whole point of Earth Day.

Ready?  Here we go:

Become an energy detective. Better yet, get your kids involved. Grab some paper, pencils, and a flashlight and find ways to conserve energy in your own home, including:

  • Look for sources of heat loss, like gaps around window frames or doors.
  • Adjust the thermostat by a couple of degrees to save money and energy.
  • Invest in energy saving light bulbs and appliances, and don’t forget to turn them off (and unplug them) when not in use.

Eat local, including from your very own garden.

  • Get the family involved in planning meals using fresh, locally grown ingredients.
  • Plant a vegetable or herb garden.
  • And go vegetarian at least one day a week.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

  • Before making a purchase, ask yourself if it’s something you really need and, if so, do you need it permanently.  Because if not, maybe borrowing the item will serve your immediate purpose.
  • Find creative ways to repurpose household items. For example, glass food jars make great whimsical candle holders or flower vases.

Find ways to get involved in your community.

  • Help clean up and beautify a nearby park or playground.
  • Volunteer your time to help a local farm prepare for growing or harvesting season.
  • Talk to your child’s school officials about ways to cut down on energy consumption in the classroom.

You realize, of course, we’re barely even scratching the surface here.  But even small and simple ideas have a way of becoming permanent parts of our behavior, and for that purpose alone, we’re happy to lend our voice to Earth Day awareness.

9 Common Uses for Baking Soda in Birmingham & Homewood

We see the commercials all the time. Someone sprinkling baking soda into a litter box or on a carpet to freshen and eliminate odors. Or those touting the cleaning power of baking soda toothpaste or laundry detergent.

The truth is, baking soda is a powerful little weapon when it comes to cleaning and deodorizing. But have you really tapped its full potential?

Let’s have a look:

  • Soak your toothbrush overnight in baking soda and water to clean the bristles and rid them of bacteria and germs.

  • Remove food stains from plastic containers with a paste of baking soda and water.Toothbrush and Sodium Bicarbonate

  • Remove perspiration stains from clothing by rubbing in a paste of baking soda and water, and letting that sit for an hour. Then wash the clothing in your washing machine as usual.

  • Clean wax, dirt, and pesticides from fruit and vegetables by soaking them in a basin filled with water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Rinse well with clean water, and enjoy.

  • Add a cup of baking soda to your bath water to soften skin and relieve irritation. You can also relieve your baby’s diaper rash by adding a couple tablespoons into his or her bath water.

  • Sprinkle baking soda in your tub, shower, sinks and tile floors, then scrub with a clean sponge or washcloth. Rinse and allow to dry.

  • To remove cooking, cigarette or pet odors from a room, pour some baking soda in a small bowl and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

  • Keep that bouquet of flowers looking fresh longer by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase.

  • Sprinkle a little baking soda inside your kitchen plastic trash bin to absorb odors.

So, have we covered all the bases on how to get the most from that little box of baking soda? Not by a long shot. In fact, if you’ve come up with one or more effective uses of baking soda all your own, contact us by email now so we can share them with our many other blog readers.