Cleaning is a necessary evil. If we didn’t spend some time cleaning we’d be knee deep in filth, which isn’t too good for the environment. But, cleaning with toxic chemicals isn’t doing the environment, or us, any favors either.
Choose green cleaning products and you can change the way you clean your home to save money, the environment, and your health.
If you are like most people, there are at least five different cleaning products under your kitchen sink or in the bathroom right now. Each probably has a warning label telling you what will happen if you get it on your skin and eyes. Sort of makes you want to get dressed in a HazMat suit before you scrub the tub.
There is help available for you. Using just the items in your kitchen right now, you could probably manufacture cleaning supplies of your own. Think of it this way—our grandmothers didn’t have fancy aerosol bottles full of chemicals and scrubbing bubbles to keep their house spic-and-span, so why do we?
Tips for Green Cleaning at Your Home
Here are a few green cleaning tips to help you get your home spotless without breathing toxic air.
Switch sponges for dishcloths.
How long have you used that sponge next to your kitchen sink? Chances are you’ve been using it way too long. Cleaning a green home is about health as much as it is the environment. Sponges can harbor lots of bacteria and actually be spreading germs on your countertops instead of removing germs. Dishcloths are washed regularly right along with the dishtowels so they get clean more often. Wash your dishcloths with cold water and detergent; the combination will clean and kill germs sufficiently. You may want to add white vinegar as it is widely believed that this helps disinfect without any harmful chemicals.
Create your own green cleaning supplies.
A simple solution of vinegar and water can be used in a spray bottle to cut grease on surfaces like your stove and the countertops. Vinegar and water is also a perfect solution for cleaning green. Use it to clean floors, windows, and the refrigerator and freezer. To clear a clog in the bathroom drain, use white vinegar and baking soda to break up whatever might be stuck in your drain. Baking soda and fine steel wool can help remove dirt from the grout in the tub and shower, around the sink fixtures, and in other places where crud tends to collect.
Clean green by using eco-friendly products.
Many companies are creating their own line of cleaning products that are friendlier for the environment and less toxic to you. They are usually affordable and concentrated so they go a long way. Green cleaning products are already available in most of the big chain stores. Although you can go online and find many earth-friendly products that have been around for a long time too.
It only takes a few easy steps to get started with a green cleaning routine in your home. Get rid of all those chemical-based cleaners and use something more natural for a deep down clean that is safe for the environment… and you, too.