Humanity has had an adverse effect on the world for a while now. With a constant drive to consume, and grow in population, the changes that have been brought about on our planet are numerous. This is not a criticism for humanity. If anything, it’s just an observation of how our very existence has had an effect on the planet which we call home. The goal for many environmentalists and scientists is to raise awareness of the fact that this is in fact happening. Unfortunately, there are many people who feel otherwise, turning a blind eye to the effect that we are having on the planet.

Some of the ways that humans have had an effect on the planet include overpopulation, pollution, burning fossil fuels, and deforestation. Further through the destruction of coral reefs, production of black carbon, draining rivers, and agriculture, our effect on our environment continues to grow with each day. Sometimes dealing with such issues seems like an insurmountable goal that we can’t reach. The great thing is, there are ways that you can protect the environment from the comfort of your home. Look below ways for ways that you can accomplish this.

Eco-friendly Laundry

One of the ways through which you can protect the environment from your home is to utilize an eco-friendly laundry system. This means first purchasing a washer which is a high-efficiency machine. Washing machines such as these use less than half the water that a typical top-loading washing machine uses. In addition to this, you can invest in environment-friendly laundry detergents, laundry soap, liquid detergent, and natural laundry soap.

These machines and environment-friendly laundry detergent can also help to clean your clothes as well as any other washer and dryer will. You can use these environment-friendly washers to take care of stain removal on items like clothes, towels, and whatever else you might add to a load of laundry. It’s a good idea to invest in a machine like this to remove white vinegar, spray paint, and grease stains that might be on your load of laundry. Utilizing eco-friendly laundry detergent and a high-efficiency machine can help you protect the environment from home.

Paint Disposal

When people paint their homes, on either the exterior or interior, they often have to deal with how to dispose of the paint afterward. Some people unfortunately often are tempted to just toss it in the trash can, and let the process end right there. This is the incorrect way of getting rid of paint, and if disposed of in such a way, can be harmful to the environment. The best way to dispose of any excess paint is to drop off old paint cans at hazardous waste drop-offs near your area. Oil-based paint of any sort cannot be simply recycled. This is why you need to donate it to a household hazardous waste program.

Pouring paint down a drain, as you might do with excess nail polish remover, or vinegar, with running hard water, should not be done. The same goes for overspray. Sometimes if you detail your car with paint in your garage, this can leave an extra layer of dust or particle-like paint. This is known as overspray. Look into those ways to remove overspray. You can buff it out, wet sand it, or simply wipe it off with a rag. Some ways to remove paint stains include using soapy water, paint stripper, and even vinegar combined with a sponge. However you remove excess paint from your home and then dispose of it, you want to make sure that you are doing it in a way that keeps the environment protected.


The easiest way to help the environment from your home is to recycle items. You can gather up recyclables around your house, and make sure that they aren’t tossed into the trash. Some items that you can recycle are cardboard, glass bottles, jars, and paper products.