We live in a time when one of the deadliest pandemic strikes and when the world faces the largest every ecological crisis. People blame these events on the climate change caused by excessive use of chemicals, artificial food, and materials, as well as deforestation and destruction of nature. For this reason, an increasing number of people turn to more natural life. To reconnect with nature and try to slow down the earth’s demise, people are trying to adopt eco-friendly habits.
What does living a natural life actually mean?
It means that a person with this kind of life approach uses as few chemicals and artificial materials as possible. Moreover, they focus on the ones that can be found in nature. This may sound difficult, but it is not unachievable. With some simple life hacks, you can start living a more eco-friendly life. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started.
Make your own cleaning products
One of the easiest ways to reduce the number of chemicals you are exposed to is using natural cleaning products. You may think that these products would not be as efficient as the ones filled with toxic materials. But, in reality, that is not the case. These kinds of products are effective cleaning remedies, and they are much more affordable when made from scratch.
Use bicarbonate of soda to clean sinks, tiles, bathtub, oven, fridge, and basically, anything that needs to be cleaned. It will not only clean but also deodorize your home. Additionally, lemon juice is great for removing stains, whitening, and removing bacteria. Other than that, vinegar can help you clean any mold or mildew in your home.
Make your own beauty treatment products
Make-up, hair products, creams, sprays, and other cosmetics are made solely of chemicals. Many of them are harmful to us when exposed for a longer period of time or in a greater amount. For this reason, it’s a good idea to start making at least some of the beauty products you use daily and experimenting with DIY cosmetics.
Use natural ingredients to make shampoo, soap, face masks, and scrubs. Coffee beans mixed with some coconut oil can replace any chemically-filled scrub. For making face masks you can use anything from oatmeal and avocado to honey and olive oil.
Grow your own food
The more we consume, the more has to be produced. And to satisfy the market’s needs, more pesticides and chemicals are used to get a larger amount of crop. And there is a simple way to avoid these harmful ingredients getting into our bodies – start gardening. By growing your own vegetables and fruit, you will be in control of at least a part of the food you eat.
If you don’t have a lot for a garden or you just want to start small, there is a solution. You can plant some seeds in pots. After that, you just need to put them in the sunlight and water them regularly. It is really as simple as that. In no time, you will have fresh and pesticide-free crops grown in your own home.
For the more advanced gardeners who want to upgrade their crop production, here’s another tip – try out composting. This is the process of collecting food scraps and yard waste and allowing them to dissolve. By doing so, you make a nutrient-rich mass perfect for fertilizing your garden.
This is a great way to get natural fertilizer for your crop. At the same time save on your garbage disposal bill. Take any vegetable and fruit peels and leftovers, put them in the composting heap, and wait for them to ferment. Then, use the compost in your garden to get better quality crops.
Start walking or biking
One of the largest pollution contributors is cars. They produce a great amount of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and similar toxic materials. Research from 2013 showed that transportation contributed to more than half of the carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides emitted into the air. Then we breathe this in contaminating our lungs.
For this reason, a good hack for living a more natural life is to reduce the time you drive your car. Try using a bike instead, or just walking to where you want to go. Additionally, you will get more exercise which will help you achieve and maintain a healthy life.
Although this kind of change in lifestyle requires a lot of dedication and hard work, it is most definitely worth it. You will get the feeling of satisfaction for knowing that you are doing something good for the planet. Additionally, you will protect your health and well-being by reducing the number of toxic materials you are exposed to.