Eco-friendly cleaning – what is it and why would you want to try it? Bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner, window cleaner, sink cleaner, and more… most of us have at least one cupboard filled with cleaning supplies that we paid good money for. Not only are these chemicals pricey, but also they’re highly toxic to us and the environment! There is a better way…
Here are some ways you can go green while cleaning:
Use green cleaning products.
Your first step should be to use green cleaning products instead of traditional products that contain harsh chemicals. These products are better for your own health as well as the environment. This is because they’re non-toxic and are generally made from renewable resources. Many shop-bought cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can be an irritant to your lungs and increase the risk of developing allergies and asthma. VOCs are not always labelled clearly on cleaning products so it’s best to look for more eco-friendly cleaning products instead.
Make your own cleaning products.
You don’t even need to purchase “green” specific cleaning products. You can clean just as well using homemade cleaning solutions made from baking soda and vinegar. They’re known as the ultimate all-purpose cleaners and can clean nearly any surface. Homemade cleaning products also cost approximately one-tenth of the price of store-bought cleaners.
Standard household items such as baking soda can be used to clean and deodorise or white distilled vinegar which eats away water deposits and dirt.
Air out your home.
One of the easiest and best ways to bring a natural and clean feeling to your home is to simply air it out. This will flow out toxins and rejuvenate your home in a completely natural way. The best part: All you need to do is open the window!
Keeping your air fresh.
Do you use air fresheners to keep your house smelling nice? Rather than buying ready-made fresheners, you can go with something completely natural, instead. Flowers and plants give off pleasant odours. You can even consider baking more often to bring some nice scents into the home.
Prevent unnecessary dirt.
You can also use spring cleaning time to bring out some new home rules created with the prevention, instead of clean-up, in mind.
- Start with the floors and all the dirty, toxic materials that get brought in on your shoes. Simply start a “no shoes indoors” policy and your house will stay cleaner in the first place
Air-dry your laundry.
During spring cleaning, you might be taking the time to wash many larger items like blankets and duvets. If you have outside space, invest in a washing line and air dry these if possible.