Most people buy into the idea that one person can’t possibly have an impact on the environment.
I hope you are not one of those people! When reading this article, we want to inspire a conviction that the power to bring about change is yours, through actions as simple as replacing light bulbs, adjusting the thermostat, carrying your own shopping bag and the way you choose to clean your home. Green cleaning, using environmentally safe cleaning products, is to protect health without harming the environment.
Cleaning is a NECESSITY, not a LUXURY, with lots of environmental impacts. You have an opportunity to reverse that impact by being mindful of the environment when making decisions about how your home is cleaned. Try these 7 Green Cleaning tips for the home:
1. Use Green Cleaning Products
As the health and environmental impacts of conventional cleaning products become more thoroughly understood, alternatives are becoming available. They clean just as well as their toxic peers and many of these products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources (not petroleum). You can buy a green home cleaning kit online and have it delivered straight to your door!
2. Use Microfiber Cloths and Mops
It picks up finer dust particles to improve your indoor air and is also machine washable, so it can be reused many more times than traditional cloths or wasting paper towels/tissue.
3. Dispose of Toxic Cleaners Carefully
When replacing your cleaning products, don’t just throw the old ones in the trash. If they’re too toxic for your home, they won’t be good for the drain or the landfill either. Read the instructions for disposal on the packaging. If you are still unsure, contact the NEA and ask how to dispose of the products safely.
4. Clean Your Indoor Air
Keep windows open as much as possible. This allows fresh air in and toxins out. Instead of using standard air fresheners, try boiling cinnamon, cloves or any other herbs you like. Buy some indoor plants to help filter your interior air, particularly broad green leaf plants.
5. Invest in a Box of Baking Soda to:
- Clear a clogged drain: Mix ½ cup of baking soda with ½ cup of white vinegar (careful as when you add the vinegar, it may bubble over). Pour down the drain followed by 2 cups of boiling water.
- Deodorize your carpet or rug: Lightly sprinkle baking soda over your carpet. Let it settle for ½ an hour and then vacuum.
- Deodorize your dishwasher: Simply sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda on the bottom of your dishwasher before running a cycle.
- Deodorize your fridge: Place an open box in your fridge overnight and this will absorb the odours.
6. Be Careful with Anti Bacterial Cleaners.
The antibacterial and antimicrobial ‘cleaners’ that many people think are necessary, especially during this H1N1 / Coronavirus outbreak, don’t clean hands better than soap and water, and also add to the risk of breeding “super germs” bacteria that survive the chemical onslaught and have resistant offspring.
7. Employ Green Cleaners Service!
Take the stress of housework and choosing Eco-friendly brands away and leave yourself time for the more important things in life, by having a regular visit from Green Cleaners’ professional staff.
This article is sponsored by Green Cleaners.
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