Cleaning Your Home While Keeping It Green

Posted on February 09, 2016 by Andrew

natural-home-cleaning-productsWhether you live alone in a small apartment or you have a big family and live in a home with wings, you may be trying to figure out some greener, more earth friendly, ways to clean your home. There are many aspects to a green home cleaning regimen, since you don’t just want a clean home, but you also want clean air and a safe environment for you and your family.

You don’t just want to look at the basic ingredients of the items you are buying to clean your home, you also want to consider the dyes and perfumes that may be in them. This is even important when you are simply shopping for an air freshener.

Here are a few ways in which you can clean your home on a more green level, and make sure that you aren’t putting harsh chemicals into the air while you are at it, or even having them seep into your skin.

Read The Labels

Take time to look at what the ingredients are in your products. If they aren’t things you can pronounce or you don’t know what exactly they are, then it’s probably not a very green product. You can start by looking for products that are labeled as natural, green, earth friendly, or even organic.

You don’t want to spray things into the air that contain toxins. Plus, if it says you need to wear protective gloves or eyewear, then it probably has something pretty harsh and nasty in it. Protect yourself and pass for something with ingredients you can trust.

Make Your Own Cleaners

You can make your own home cleaners with items you likely already have in your own home. If you spend any time on Pinterest you know that a certain blue dish detergent can clean almost anything in your home mixed with some other things. If you have stained coffee mugs, or a hard to get out spot on your stove, use straight up salt and a wet washcloth. It’s better than harsh scrubs and cleansers.

Lemon juice and peroxide are both great for cleaning and whitening, and you can use vinegar with some water and essential oil for a great scented cleaner for your tables or mopping the floors. Essential oils with some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle is better than any air freshener.

Buy Live Plants

As far as clean air goes, get some plants in your home. Some plants absorb more toxins from the air than others. These include gerbera daisies, aloe vera, and even spider plants.

Having some nice potted plants in your home even makes it look more green! Plus you’ll add a little life and special decor to your home. Just remember to water them.

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings

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