Here are some of the most effective house cleaning methods that are safe for both your home and for the environment, as well as making sure that you get the best clean possible.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Common household products are notorious for having harsh chemicals that are not only terrible for the environment, both in their manufacturing process, and when being washed down the sink or down the drain when washing floors for example, as well as bad for your or your children’s health. In fact, we don’t actually need such potent products to do basic cleaning and disinfecting, and you can also save money by making your own cleaning products from ingredients readily available at your local store.
Distilled white vinegar can be diluted with some water and used to wipe and clean mirrors, and if you add some baking soda to the mix and put the concoction into a spray bottle you have a fantastic disinfectant and cleaner. The same mix can also be used to attack mold and mildew. For dirty floors, simply add some hot water to distilled vinegar and some peppermint or lemon oil to make a refreshing cleaner. For a quick, environmentally friendly cleaning upgrade for wood furniture just mix some olive oil with a few drops of natural oils like lemon or lavender and simply wipe on and off.
Recycling and Reusing
Recycling is now more or less common practice in many households and is important for every family to do their bit in helping our planet, and there are many tricks as to how to make recycling more stylish. Reusing plastic bags is also a good way to save on plastic, and it is often worth investing in some green bags that are not only reusable but also more durable so that they last longer, as well as being more comfortable to carry. Shredded paper can be used for packing shipping products or for pet bedding. Try using washable dusting cloths or old material scraps instead of tree-eating paper towels for cleaning or drying surfaces.
Instead of spending money on artificially scented air fresheners, which can be poisonous for the environment as well as for the air that you and your family are breathing, what can be better than having the greenest natural air-fresheners? In fact, all you have to do for this is grow some indoor plants as these are the ultimate air-fresheners available, recycling the oxygen in the room while also keeping your home smelling fresh in the most environmentally friendly way possible.