Welcome to today’s article: Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips for Your Home.
Have you ever reached for a cleaning solution, only to be put off by the harsh chemical scents? Or maybe you’ve read the ingredients on a bottle of multi-purpose cleaner and wondered if there were any natural alternatives.
Thankfully, you don’t have to use conventional cleaning products and tools to maintain a sparkling home. Instead, you can turn to eco-friendly cleaning techniques to get the job done. Plus, you can embark on fun home renovation projects with contractors like Robinson Painting to spruce up your property! Here are a few ways you keep your home clean and tidy without using products that harm the environment.
The Benefits of a Clean Home
Perhaps you tidy up your home once in a while, but it’s been a long time since you’ve truly deep cleaned each room. It can be hard to work up the motivation to clean when the process seems time-consuming and relatively boring. But cleaning can actually be quite relaxing – and it feels very rewarding once you’re done! Plus, having a clean and organized home is highly beneficial for your overall wellbeing. You’ll feel at ease when you aren’t dealing with clutter, and you’ll experience lower levels of stress and anxiety when your belongings are in their proper places.
DIY Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies
To start your eco-friendly cleaning routine, you’ll need to step into your kitchen and concoct your own DIY cleaning solutions. Don’t worry – these “recipes” are quite simple! For instance, if you want to make an all-purpose cleaner that will be effective for most household surfaces, you’ll just need to combine water, rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. You might also want to make glass cleaner, which you can achieve by mixing water, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle. Most DIY cleaning solutions involve a combination of similar ingredients.
Zero-Waste Cleaning Tools
You’ll also need some tools to apply your cleaning solutions. Common cleaning tools, like a broom and dustpan, are naturally zero-waste and reusable! But you’ll want to replace your paper towels with hand towels or homemade rags from old t-shirts. You should also look into alternatives to disposable sponges that are only good for a few uses, like brushes that are great for scrubbing grime off surfaces and kitchen tools. You can even use old toothbrushes to clean spaces that are hard to get into.
Declutter and Donate
You’ll probably want to declutter your space first if you’re getting ready to deep-clean your home. Clearing out any items you no longer need will make it easier to scrub every nook and cranny. But how can you declutter without creating excess waste? It’s simple: make sure to sell or donate anything still in working condition, rather than throwing it away!
As you declutter, take note of what you’re getting rid of. Seeing which items you no longer use can help you discern what to buy in the future. After decluttering, you might make fewer impulse purchases and be more particular about what you buy. Not only does this help keep your home organized, but you’ll also end up saving money in the long run!
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Want to truly refresh the environment in your home? Think about how you can improve your air quality. Sometimes, simply opening the windows whenever it’s nice out can work wonders – a little fresh air can definitely lift your spirits!
If you’re concerned about the air quality in your home, there are other steps you can take to make eco-friendly changes. Family Handyman recommends using a vacuum with a HEPA filter to eliminate harmful pollutants that can linger in your carpets. They also suggest replacing furniture made with toxic glues or wood treated with formaldehyde, ditching products with aerosol sprays, and using beeswax candles rather than candles that might contain paraffin.
Find a Green or Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service
What if you just don’t have the time to clean your home regularly? You might be interested in hiring a cleaning service – yet you don’t want to use a company that could bring products with harsh chemicals into your home. Depending on where you live, you may be able to get in touch with a “green” cleaning service.
What are the benefits of hiring a green cleaning service? These companies only use cleaning products made with safe, eco-friendly ingredients. These products can help preserve the integrity of your household’s surfaces for longer, and as an added benefit, your children and pets will not be exposed to unsafe chemicals when they come home. You can search online for local green cleaning services or ask your loved ones for references.
Try Feng Shui
Perhaps you’ve heard of feng shui before, and now you’re wondering how you can implement these principles in your own home. Inhabitat recommends oiling your doors’ hinges to prevent squeaking, placing a fountain near the entrance of your home, putting plants above your kitchen cabinets if you have the space, cleaning your windows frequently, and covering up your TV when you sleep.
And if you want to enhance the atmosphere in your home, it never hurts to incorporate a few house plants! Plants are a welcome addition to any home, and if you choose hardy varieties, you won’t have to put much effort into caring for them. Country Living recommends choosing snake plants, aloe vera, philodendrons, and rubber trees.
Many cleaning products that you find on the shelves today are not necessarily eco-friendly. But luckily, it’s very easy to clean your home using solutions that you can make by yourself. By getting creative with your approach to cleaning, donating items you no longer need and arranging your home to support your wellbeing, you can help the environment and make your property shine!
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