How many chemicals do you use in your day-to-day cleaning routine? Most people use quite a lot without knowing how harmful they are to your furniture, health as well as environment.
If you’re using chemicals, now is the right time to consider switching to green cleaning. Many products are advertised as green, and eco-friendly, especially now since there’s more talk about going green in more ways than one. Still, green cleaning can mean a lot of different things for various people.
Many people, like Max from Clean That Floor, will always use green cleaning products if they don’t have a vacuum cleaner at hand.
What matters is that you make at least a small step, and for this, you should check out the green cleaning tips in the text below.
What’s Green Cleaning?
For some people, this means using baking soda, lemon, and vinegar to make DIY cleaning solutions. For others, it means buying commercial products that are labeled as eco-friendly.
Some companies use biodegradable or recycled bottles and packaging while others give a portion of their profits to eco-friendly causes. These are all examples of green cleaning, and you’re already making a difference by using some.
Try to use as many natural ingredients while avoiding things like chlorine, phosphates, and artificial colors and fragrances.
1. Green Cleaning Ingredients
Natural cleaning ingredients aren’t entirely safe, so you should still keep them away from children. It’s also dangerous if you get them in your eyes, for example.
Still, they’re less toxic and far better for the environment than most chemical products. Almost always, they’re also considerably cheaper.
Luckily, most of these ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Even if you don’t, they’re not expensive, and a big bag of each will last you a long time. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Baking soda – sodium bicarbonate is the star of green cleaning. It reacts with acids like vinegar and lemon and is among the best ones to clean different areas of your house.
- White vinegar – great for loosening dirt, vinegar also does a fantastic job at disinfecting.
- Borax – it’s ideal for whitening, deodorizing, and sanitizing different areas.
- Olive oil – one of the best green options for polishing wood.
- Lemon juice – it’s another popular option for cleaning grease and disinfecting.
- Washing soda – sodium carbonate is an acid cleaner and a great stain remover.
- Castile soap – this is an all-purpose foaming cleaner that has extensive use in all green households.
2. Prevent and clean clogged drains
You should first learn how to prevent your drains from clogging. Use a strainer to keep food, hair, and other such stuff from building up and clogging. If you pour oils down the drain, make sure to follow it with some boiling water as soon as possible.
If the drain does clog, make sure to use a plunger first. In most cases, it’s a solution people tend to forget though it’s often more effective than most chemical products.
If you still want to use a cleaning product, try adding a ½ cup of baking soda, following it by a ½ cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain and let it foam.
You can also try mixing ½ cup of salt and as much baking soda, followed by six cups of boiling water. In this case, you have to wait a few hours and then rinse with cold water.
3. How to clean wood
Green cleaning solutions for wood are equally as simple. In most cases, you’ll need only vinegar and olive oil to make it work.
The ratio depends on the type of wood you’re cleaning. For floors, you should use ¼ cup of vinegar with a gallon of hot water. For furniture, use a cup of vinegar with a teaspoon of olive oil.
4. Keep the bathroom clean
Green cleaning makes a lot of sense in the bathroom since these areas tend to be filled with bacteria. Most bathrooms don’t have the best ventilation, and they’re humid, so they tend to be dirty even if you don’t see it.
Luckily, you can use baking soda and lemon juice to scrub anything in your bathroom from toilet to tile. You should try using Borax as a tub scrubber, especially if you don’t have as much time to clean regularly.
5. Making our windows shiny
Use ¼ cup of vinegar and 2-3 cups of water to clean your windows. You can also add a few drops of detergent, depending on how dirty the windows are. If not, you should just add some lemon juice.
Once you spray the solution, you should make sure to use either a clean cotton rag or newspaper. Newspapers might create some ink marks, but those will go away if you keep polishing. Keep in mind that the cotton rag doesn’t have to be new, but just clean in order to do the job.
These are the best solutions, although they seem a bit outdated. They won’t leave any marks behind though they require some elbow grease. However, it all depends on how dirty your windows are.
6. Be careful with air fresheners
Though some smell great, they can be quite dangerous. In other words, some air fresheners contain phthalates known as hormone-disrupting chemicals.
Though lighting a scented candle makes your room smell fresh and clean, it might not be the best option for your health. Instead, you should use a green solution that’s far better for the environment as well.
In other words, keeping your house clean will eliminate pretty much any odor even if you have pets. Plus, opening windows early in the morning or late in the evening makes a massive difference in how your house smells during the day.
Baking soda and vinegar are among the best natural odor eliminators you should try. Having some fresh flowers or a fruit basket with grapefruit and oranges usually makes a room smell better as well.