Use dried tea leaves as a deodoriser. Scatter them over the carpet, leave for ten minutes then vacuum up. Place in the fridge to absorb odours (like baking soda).
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Choose rechargeable batteries and a battery charger to cut down on disposables. Eventually recyclable batteries reach the end of their life too but they can be recycled – local recycling policies vary so check with your recycling facility.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
Take time to work out how much you need before making a purchase. If you do this for items such as food and paint you'll avoid paying for quantities that will only go to waste.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Check your local library to find out all the resources it provides. Libraries are a good place to read magazines and newspapers as well as borrowing books (and DVDs).
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
If you only need a tool or piece of equipment infrequently then instead of buying one, save resources by asking a friend or neighbour if you can borrow one. Or check online for a lending club, such as Streetbank.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.