If you’ve been thinking of giving your home cleaning routine a green overhaul, now is a great time to do it. Cleaning your home in safer, more sustainable ways can help protect you and the planet and save you money. It’s easy to get started and there’s really no downside – unless you just love spending a lot of money on brightly packaged chemicals.
How to Get Rid of Toxic Cleaners
Chances are your cleaning cabinet is full of toxic chemical products. You might be tempted to throw them all away, but before you do, realize that they won’t do the Earth much good in a landfill. The same goes for pouring them down the drain: eventually, they’ll get into the environment. Instead, give your city’s recycling department a call. Most cities have disposal centers for hazardous chemicals. Just drop them off, and they will dispose of them safely.
Choose Green Alternatives
Now you have to replace the cleaners you just got rid of. The demand for safe and healthy cleaning products is on the rise, so you have plenty of choices of cleaning and laundry products that are free of unnecessary chemicals and petroleum ingredients. Some are available at the supermarket or hardware store, others from retailers who specialize in green products.
It’s also incredibly easy to make your own green cleaning products at home. Equal parts white distilled vinegar and water make a cleaning spray that works for glass, counters and hardwood floors. Baking soda deodorizes and whitens and is a great scouring power. Essential oils, Castile soap, and hydrogen peroxide are all safe, natural and effective at different cleaning jobs.
Use Reusable Cleaning Cloths
Paper towels are horrible for the environment. Use them once, and into the landfill they go. What a waste! Going green means using reusable cleaning cloths, but you have to be careful, because if you don’t wash them often enough, they can spread bacteria. One great option is the DURAFRESH Cloth. This handy item is quickly becoming a favorite among green home and business owners. Made from sustainable wood fiber and completely free of petroleum ingredients, DURAFRESH cloth rinses clean of 99.9 percent of bacteria under running water. It’s soft, absorbent, machine washable and compostable when it’s finally finished with dozens of cleaning jobs. You’ll also love saving money on paper towels!
Sweep Instead of Vacuum
If you have hardwood or tile floors in your home, sweep them with an old-fashioned broom instead of using a vacuum cleaner. The vacuum is the only way to clean most carpets, but using it on hard surfaces is a waste of electricity.
Get Started Now
Don’t worry if you can’t accomplish all of these things right away. Taking one step today might motivate you to take another tomorrow. No matter what you do, you’ll rest easier knowing that you’re helping your family and the world.