Want to be more eco-friendly?
We should all be responsible for looking after our environment. One place to start is in the home, by green cleaning we are not having such an effect on energy usage, on air pollution or causing damage to our waters.
Green cleaning is good for anyone with allergies, and breathing problems. Many cleaners that are full of chemicals are toxic and you may find over time they can make living in a house unpleasant for some. Homemade cleaners are easy to prepare and do a great job.
Here in this article, we will give you some easy tips to try at home, using store cupboard items, instead of shop-bought chemical cleaning products, that are definitely not eco-friendly.
We will show you that there really is no need to keep throwing plastic bottles out of the house that harms the environment.
Growing your own vegetables in the garden will make it a greener garden. Have a go at living the good life!
There is absolutely no need to choose to use chemical cleaning products that cost more money and can cause possible health problems. Green cleaning is definitely the way forward.
Do not use bleach it is an especially harsh and corrosive chemical and not good for the environment.
Do not use paper towels
Do not use paper towels for cleaning, imagine how much each household would produce in wasted paper that harms the environment, it takes 17 trees and 20,000 gallons of water to make a ton of paper towels, really not eco-friendly. Instead use cloths made from old towels, old sheets. Old socks make excellent dusters, and one used toothbrush is good for scrubbing with. All are washable so can be used again.
If you can buy products for the home that haven’t been sprayed with chemicals, especially bedding, buy organic products if you can.
Have a carbon monoxide detector put in the home, it will sound an alarm if it senses high levels of toxic carbon monoxide. It is a tasteless odourless, colourless gas a silent killer. You should open windows in the house to get rid of indoor air pollution and leave the home as quickly as you can.
Recycle as much as you can
Sort out recycling correctly, place it in the right bins. Save energy and choose loose unwrapped food items to buy if you can, and be super green shop local every time, within walking distance if at all possible.
All you need for green cleaning products are baking soda, lemons, vinegar, and white vinegar! naturally amazing hey?
Ditch the heavily fragranced and toxic cleaners under your sink, and make one or many non-toxic ones instead.
Try these natural cleaning products, they work!
It is a weak acetic acid, the great thing about it is it has antibacterial properties, and white vinegar cleans well.
Diluted white vinegar can remove stains from the material.
White vinegar can also be used as a deodorizer, mix it with lemon juice, the mixture will absorb bad odours. The vinegar and lemon juice are great for removing the smell of fish, onion, and garlic in the home. It makes great eco-friendly cleaning products. Give it a go!
White vinegar mixed with equal parts of water is great for descaling the kettle. Pour into the kettle boil, leave to cool down, then rinse well.
Vinegar is also great for cleaning windows. Add equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle, spray on to the window and wipe with a cloth. Try it on mirrors!
Vinegar is also great for getting rid of mold and mildew. Spray it on and leave for a while, and then wipe off.
Is your microwave in need of a clean? Do you have food debris baked-on? Boil equal parts of vinegar and water in the microwave, when it starts to bubble leave to cool down, the debris will just wipe off.
Green shower clean
To clean the shower try a mixture of tea tree oil and water to create a spray, and use it daily, tea trees are from naturally antibacterial plants. Far more friendly to use than un-healthy chemicals.
To clean the toilet try mixing together,
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of borax
- 20 drops of lemon essential oil
A healthy way to clean the toilet is to take the vinegar and water and boil, add the borax leave to cool down then add the essential oil. Place in the toilet bowl, and clean with a brush. Leave to work overnight.
Some more tips for you to try:
Green cleaned floors
Mix together half hot water, half vinegar then to that take a little olive oil or lemon oil either of these should make your floors in the home lovely and shiny.
Spiders in the home
Add some citronella to air filters in the home, spiders may well keep away, they detest the smell.
If your home, sheds, or garages tend to attract mice add some peppermint oil to scraps of material or cotton wool, and leave in the areas prone to problems. Mice do not like the smell of peppermint at all!
The dry cleaners
When you cannot avoid the dry cleaners, remember every time you bring them home, to take the clothes and air the clothes in the garden. They have been cleaned with potentially toxic chemicals.
A great green item, baking soda also known as bicarbonate of soda is a mild alkaline it is abrasive but gentle. One of the best green products to use.
Baking soda deodorizes and cleans.
A thick paste made from baking soda and a little water is great for removing rust.
The paste can also be used in the oven to clean off burnt-on food, apply with a cloth and leave for 2 hours or overnight if at all possible. Adding more water to the paste will help to get a very efficient degreasing cleaner.
Add a cup of baking soda to the toilet and leave it for 1 hour, then add a cup of vinegar and leave for a while, you will discover that it makes an excellent toilet cleaner.
Lemons are naturally antibacterial, and an all-purpose cleaner, a lemon cut in half and rubbed on to a chopping board and other surfaces will help clean and destroy some germs.
Place some cut lemons and wrap them in linen that is stained and leave to dry out in the sun, the lemon will bleach the stain away, a great way of green cleaning linen.
Lemons contain an acid that fights through grease, so it is ideal as a cleaner for your cooker or kitchen worktops.
Do you have smells in the fridge that keep coming back often, and you want to get rid of them? Slice a lemon in half and keep it on the shelf in the fridge and leave it to work, it will deodorize the fridge.
Lemon works well at removing soap scum, simply cut a lemon in half and rub it onto the area and rinse away. Bottled lemon juice can also be used, apply to a sponge and then rub onto the area and rinse away.
Stained containers can be treated with lemon juice, apply to the container and rinse away.
Lemons break up fat, cheese left behind on a grater can be removed by rubbing a sliced lemon onto the grater and then wash away, a great way to clean, pun intended sorry.
Try green cleaning anything made of chrome or steel, without using chemicals. Rub half a lemon on chrome and steel to clean them. Then rinse off.
The office can be given a green cleaning experience, it will leave the office smelling fresh and looking good. Try potpourri with an essential oil-soaked into it to leave the office smelling great all day. Clean using products that are eco-friendly. Take time to speak to the office cleaners about the use of toxic products, ask them to be sure to try some green eco-friendly cleaners, which may be far better for everyone.
The indoor air quality in the office environment can often be poor at times. Bring the garden indoors the more plants you have in the office the better, remember not to let them dry out. Not only do they create a nice environment they are good for air pollution, so get as many as you can, for their health benefits. You can even put some plants in the bathroom if there is natural light in there.
Try turning down the heating to save energy! a lot of energy is wasted on overheated buildings.
Find and supply containers to the office staff to place plastic bottles and cardboard in ready for recycling.
Employees should have plenty of access to soap and water, so they can wash their hands often, which will prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Especially more so now that we are living with covid 19 around. Hand sanitizing products do not work as well as soap and water which is better but keep some around the office to use in between washing, it can help.
Indoor air quality
Bring in natural light to the home or office environment, by opening blinds, etc, and even open the windows in cold weather often, to create a healthier environment. Avoid keeping windows shut for any length of time, maybe leave the windows ajar in the office all day, many people leave them closed in the winter which is not healthy.
Make sure to choose fragrance-free cleaning products in your office to prevent allergies amongst the staff in the office. Avoid scented air fresheners in a room, they are not green at all, as you will find they are full of chemicals. They are not very good for your health, for a healthy option try some natural oil in a room, which is much better for your health.
Make sure air filters are cleaned on a regular basis, it may be worth investing in an air purifier, to improve and make the indoor air quality more healthy.
Dust in the air and on many surfaces in a house or office can be full of toxic chemicals and scents, wipe it off with a damp cloth every time you clean.
Air fresheners are made from chemicals and just not green, try making your own, choose an essential oil that you like, which is all-natural and smells amazing. Or use potpourri allowing you to apply a scent you like using essential oil.
For another alternative air freshener, boil cinnamon, lemon, or any fragrant plant of your choice. The scent travels throughout your home and it is gorgeous.
We hope you have found the information useful and has been a help to bring you a few steps closer to a clean place, without the harsh chemicals found in most cleaning products. Should you have any questions please feel free to drop us an email, we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.