PT Pro - April 2020

YOUR GUIDE TO SPRING- GREENING 3 Eco-Friendly Home Swaps to Make When You Declutter It takes a special kind of person to enjoy

at Permacrafters.com/English-Ivy- Laundry-Detergent.

options will save plastic because you can reuse your bottles, and they can help you avoid the harmful chemicals found in most cleaners. Visit UnderATinRoof.com and read the blog post “Zero Waste Cleaning Supplies + Recipes” to get started. If you’re used to using a plastic jug of liquid laundry detergent, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. This spring, try exploring greener alternatives like plant-based bulk laundry powder (Molly’s Suds is an excellent source). Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even try adding all-natural cleaners like soap nuts or English ivy to your laundry loads. For more on the former, search “soap nuts” on 1MillionWomen. com, and read up on ivy detergent

spring-cleaning. For most of us, the satisfaction of a clean house doesn’t quite outweigh the hours of scrubbing, sorting, and slogging through heaps of unnecessary stuff. If you’re struggling to find the motivation to start your spring- cleaning, try flipping the paradigm: Instead of spring-cleaning, think of what you’re doing as spring- greening , and make some eco-friendly swaps along the way. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 1. Swap your plastic spray bottles for bulk or DIY cleaning products. According to a Statista report, in 2019, the household cleaners market was worth more than $31 billion, and it’s continuously growing. You can save money on cleaning supplies by taking the green route. When your current stock runs out, try buying bulk cleaners or making your own. Both

3. Say goodbye to paper towels. Paper towels are a mainstay in

American homes, but do we really need them when a good old-fashioned rag can do the job? According to the Ocean Conservancy, 13 billion pounds of paper towels are tossed in the U.S. each year! This spring, quit paper towels and keep a stash of dish rags under the sink to do your dirty work. When you’re cleaning out your closet, you can even cut up old T-shirts and add them to your rag stash! If you’re brave, try giving up tissues, too — an old-school hanky does the trick. If you’ve made all three of these swaps, don’t stop there! To continue your green journey, visit any of the blogs mentioned above and start browsing.

2. Explore alternative laundry detergents.

EXERCISE OF THE MONTH

“Wasn’t Me”

WHY: The “wasn’t me” exercise is important for engaging the muscles in your shoulder blades and rotator cuff. Doing this regularly can help decrease issues in your shoulders and neck and really help with efficient posture. HOW: Draw your shoulder blades diagonally towards your opposite back pocket WITHOUT lifting your rib cage, keep elbows as close to your sides as possible WITHOUT letting them be behind your trunk, then open your palms out to the side as far as you can, just like your telling someone “It wasn’t me, I didn’t do it.”

Hold this for 15–20 seconds. Repeat exercise 3 times, and do it 3–5 times a day.

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