Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — Many men and women would agree that their least favorite chore is to clean house and all that comes with it. Scrubbing toilets, mopping floors and getting out those stinky pet odors can really be a bother to not only the cleaner, but to the environment as well. Many of the sprays, fluids and dusting rags used to make the house sparkling and clean do a world of harm to the environment.
An article from Tree Hugger points out, “Most of the conventional cleaning products we all grew up with are petroleum-based and have dubious health and environmental implications. Instead of opting for cleaning products that annihilate everything in their path, there are plenty of natural products and methods that keep a house clean and fresh-smelling without the toxic side effects.” Read on to find out how to go green while housecleaning.
To begin with, steer clear of harsh and abrasive cleaning products. As the Green Movement sweeps the nation, there are tons of earth-friendly, all natural and biodegradable cleaning products being stocked on the shelves today. The easiest and cheapest version of a non-toxic and completely effective cleaning compound is simply a mix of water and either vinegar or baking soda. Simply mix the concoction together and voila! You have an earth-friendly and super cheap cleaning mixture that works like a charm!
Grandma may have been on to something by air drying sheets and keeping windows open on cool (even slightly warm) breezy days. As toxic fumes and substances waft through the air, the simplest thing to do is keep those windows open and allow air flow to whisk those fumes straight out of the home. Keeping those window panes open keeps fresh air moving constantly through the house and keeps toxins from building up within your walls.
The next tip is baking soda, baking soda, baking soda! This super cleaner is gentle and easy on the environment. Yahoo Green suggests, “Baking soda not only removes those strange smells coming from your fridge, it’s also a great odor-eliminator for your carpet. Just sprinkle on a little baking soda to soak up some of those odors and then vacuum it up.”
Eliminate those bottles of aerosol cans full of sweet smelling chemicals. Boil a pot of water with clove, cinnamon, slices of oranges and apples and a few dashes of essential oils to permeate your home with a variety of sweet smells that you can get at your local grocery store’s produce department.
Lastly, leave your dirt at the door! Treading through your home and on your carpet with shoes that have been on sidewalk, pavement and city streets wreaks havoc on the quality of air in your home. By removing your shoes the moment you come home and only walking in bare feet or socks, you eliminate the spread of germs inside your house.