It is easy to opt for cleaning products full of chemicals for your laundry and general cleaning, not knowing the harmful effect they have on your living space and the environment. Using chemical cleaning products leaves most surfaces in your home covered in undesired contaminants while raising carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Fortunately, you can use ecological cleaning techniques and products to get rid of the stains and dust in your home and protect the environment from chemical pollutants. Below we show you how to change your cleaning routine and start using our popular and effective eco-friendly cleaning techniques to keep your home clean and fresh. If you need help with cleaning your office or place of business, look for a good business cleaning service.
1. Start Using Reusable Products
Are you aware that the world generates about 381 million tonnes of plastic waste every year? Regrettably, almost half of this plastic can only be used once, and only a meager 9% has been recycled. Other than putting plastic bottles and used plastic products in the correct recycling containers, you can make your home more eco-friendly by using a reusable alternative such as:
Start Using Glass Instead Of Plastic Bottles
Instead of the one-use cleaning sprays, you can use glass bottles – you will only need to start buying low-packaging refills from the local shop every time possible. You will significantly lower the amount of plastic you throw away and begin saving money. This is because many refills cost less than purchasing a new bottled spray every time the old one runs out.
Consider Reusable Cleaning Fabrics
We are not advocating using paper towels and tissue, as they are not dependable for cleaning and contribute to massive waste generation. Consider relying on reusable microfiber cloths to clean, polish, scrub, or remove dust from worktops and other surfaces at home. After using them, you will only need to clean them in a washing machine.
Avoid the Use Of Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets may be good at giving a refreshing scent to your laundry; however, they also increase your carbon footprint. Instead, we recommend using a few dryer balls that rely on a small amount of natural oil to give off a pleasant smell. Examples of natural oils with great scents include essential oils such as lavender essential oil. Generally, essential oils are affordable and readily available.
2. Try Cleaning Using Natural, Home-Made Cleaners
Although you have many options for eco-friendly cleaning products you can buy online or from your local store, you can save some of your money and lessen your carbon footprint by making your own DIY homemade cleaning products. You can use the following locally available ingredients:
Baking soda is an effective odor minimizer for surfaces such as carpets, curtains, or furniture. You only need to sprinkle the baking soda powder on the surface you want to clean, allow it to sit for five minutes, and then vacuum it up.
You may also mix the baking soda with vinegar to make a more effective cleaning agent for cleaning bathrooms and worktops surfaces at home.
White vinegar has been a famous cleaning agent for many households worldwide. It also kills bacteria and removes stains from the surface you want to clean. Once diluted, the white vinegar will help remove stains and unwanted odors from your curtains, carpet, or furniture.
Lemon juice has strong antibacterial and antiseptic benefits, making it ideal for sanitizing various surfaces at home. It would be best to squeeze some lemon juice from a freshly cut lemon on the stain you want to clean or put some lemon peels in vinegar liquid to make your homemade cleaning spray. Alternatively, you can put the lemon halves in some salt and use it to scrub stains from copper pans and pots.
3. Avoid The Air Fresheners
Aerosol air fresheners are one of the most significant contributors to environmental pollution when we want to keep our homes smelling fresh. These air fresheners contain toxic chemicals harmful to soil, air, and water in and near your home. Therefore, consider throwing them away to preserve and positively impact the environment.
You can replace aerosol air fresheners with:
Using The Right Houseplants
Houseplants add much more than aesthetic value to our homes, mainly interior décor. The presence of green plants in your home enhances the living environment, lifts your moods, improves air quality, and helps to remove undesired odors and contaminants.