5 Simple Ways To Clean Green
Cleaning your living space can sometimes feel like a tedious, time-consuming and exhausting chore, especially when one is running low on energy or works around the clock. In such cases, we often resort to top-shelf products, blinded my the manufacturer's promises they are to clean everything with a single swipe. While effective, these detergents are often harmful to you and the environment. If you're on your way towards a healthier, greener lifestyle, consider making a few necessary changes to your cleaning routine. Here are five tips that will help you start!
Take the Time to Prepare Your Own Detergents
Don't worry, you will not need a Ph.D. degree in chemistry to prep up a natural, eco-friendly cleaning solution that is safe for you to use in your home. Moreover, you will do yourself a favour as using home-made detergents is much cheaper and you are very likely to find all the necessary ingredients in your cupboard.
The ingredients you will need for an all-purpose detergent are a cup of white vinegar, two cups of purified water, eight drops of essential oil and a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix the said ingredients in an old spray bottle and use the detergent to spot-clean your carpeting and disinfect a variety of surfaces in your home.
Use Baking Soda Instead of Bleach
Believe us or not, whitening your laundry without resorting to chlorine bleach is far from impossible. Baking soda is just as effective, yet it is much safer to use in your home. Held in high regard by green cleaning enthusiasts, baking soda effectively softens, whitens and refreshes fabrics.
You can add the soda to your washing machine dispenser along with the regular detergent you use. Half a cup of the powdery substance will do for one batch of laundry. If you are dealing with obstinate stains that are hard to remove, you can use baking soda paste to apply directly on the problematic spot.
Use Microfibre Cloths to Clean Your Windowpanes
When cleaning your windows, it is advisable to steer clear from using harmful specialised detergents. Half a cup of vinegar, a table spoon of Castile soap and water will do just fine. Some people recommend using old newspapers to dry the windows with. This will help “recycle” the old newspapers, yet the ink of the print is likely to leave black trails over the panes and stain your hands.
Instead of using paper towels and newspapers, you can invest in microfibre cloths to dry the windows with. Not only are they reusable, but cutting down valuable trees is not involved in their production. Use them to wipe clean other surfaces in your home as well.
Get Rid of Stale Fridge Odours with Oats and Coffee
Remember the last time you had forgotten a pot of stew in your fridge and the terrible smell lingered on for days? There is an easy, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to rid your fridge of nasty odours.
For instance, you can conveniently place a bowl of oats on one of the shelves and leave it there for a couple of hours. The oats are guaranteed to absorb the unpleasant smell and freshen up your fridge. Ground coffee beans will also do. Activated charcoal, too, is proven to be extremely effective in removing odours from the fridge.
Chase Moths Away with Lavender
You'd be surprised how easy it is to chase away moths, among other harmful insects, from your closet and drawers. A few sprigs of lavender will get the job done. The herb is said to repel moths almost instantaneously. All you have to do is place the springs of lavender in a small cloth sachet and hide it between woollen clothing in your closet. The herb will freshen up your clothes and will keep the annoying moths at bay, preventing them from munching on your expensive cashmere sweater.
Don't go the easy route! Invest in your health by going green in all aspects of your life, cleaning and home maintenance included. We promise you will soon start to reap the benefits and experience a noticeable improvement in your overall well-being.