Reduce, Reuse, Recycle this Spring!

By: Casey Taylor, Manicurist

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the tulips have bloomed, and spring is finally here. In honor of Earth Day, April 22nd, here are a few ways to follow the 3 R’s this season:

Reduce…

April is a great month for spring cleaning. This is the time of year to clean out our closets, basements, and deep clean our home. Instead of throwing away unwanted items in the trash, such as clothing and household items, donating is a better alternative. This prevents usable goods from filling our landfills, helps our community by providing to those in need, and may even provide a tax benefit for those who donate. There are many places and agencies where you can donate clothing and household items. Personally, I like to donate my unused clothing and household items to Epworth Children & Family Services whose main campus is located at 110 N Elm Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119. You can read more about Epworth and their programs at Epworth.org.

Another way to improve your home when cleaning is to switch to all natural homemade cleaners. There are over 62 toxic chemicals in our daily household name brand cleaners. In order to prevent toxins in the air and around your home, you can easily add essential oils to distilled water in a spray bottle to make all purpose cleaner. Here is a good “Germ Buster” recipe that can be used to clean counter tops, toilet seats, and other surfaces that need disinfecting:

                  Germ Buster Cleaner

  • ½ teaspoon Oregano Essential Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Rosemary Essential Oil
  •  ½ teaspoon Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Thyme Essential Oil

These homemade natural cleaners also smell better than the chemically infused household cleaners that we use on a daily basis. Peppermint oil is also a great alternative to ant & spider repellants and also helps prevent mice from entering your home. I like to add distilled water to a spray bottle and add 10-15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil. I tend to use this spray to clean my baseboards. Not only does it freshen the room, my household also has seen less creepy crawlers since.

Reuse…

A better alternative to buying disposable items is to buy reusable goods. Instead of using plastic bags when shopping, invest in reusable cloth bags that can be used for storing groceries or other items when shopping. Repurposing old t-shirts, blankets, and towels for cleaning is a great alternative to paper towels. This causes less waste in our trash and landfills. Also, keeping a stack of hand towels next to the bathroom sink to dry your hands can be a better alternative to paper towels. At Vitality, we also encourage our clients to reuse with our Go-Green Pedicure Discount, in which you can receive $2 off your pedicure service when you bring your own sandals!

Recycle…

Recycling is tremendously important by reducing waste and pollution, conserving our resources such as water, and can help preserve the environment for future generations. Recycling paper, plastic, and glass are the three basic things that are recycle-friendly. Make sure to avoid recycling any food particles or trash as this can contaminate what is being recycled. In order to avoid this make sure to thoroughly rinse out any cans, glass, and other food related recycled packaging. This month there are many events around town celebrating Earth Day that offer recycling services for items that we often don’t know what to do with, such as electronics, houseware items, and mattresses. For more information on where you can recycle items, visit stlouisearthday.org.

About the Author:

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetCasey Taylor

License: Manicurist
Studied: Grabber School
Specialty: Manicures and Pedicures

What I enjoy most about my work is making people feel good and providing a time of relaxation and personal attention. I want my clients to be proud of both their hands and feet. My off-time hobbies include art, reading, and spending time with my family.

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