Tips for Cleaning Green

Everyone's more concerned with minimizing our impact to the environment. There are so many resources available, the whole thing can be a little overwhelming. If you're worried about what you could be doing better but aren't sure where to start, the best thing to do is to focus on one area of your life at a time.

It may be a little biased, but house cleaning seems like a good place to start making intentionally green decisions. Below you'll find some tips for cleaning green. Start here, and when this becomes easy and comfortable, pick a new part of your life to concentrate on!

Tip #1: Clothesline. Not only will hanging your clothes on an outdoor line save energy and electricity costs, your clothes will also smell divine.

Tip #2: Salt to Clean Cast Iron (& Ovens!). It really couldn't be much easier than this tip from Hallee the Homemaker: sprinkle table salt over the food, let sit, scrub off. Ta da!

Tip #3: Olive Oil for Wood. Furniture polish is full of some potent chemicals. If you want to skip the chemicals and go for something natural, mix olive oil and lemon juice together. With a fresh lemon scent and a shine that lasts, it's a change you will wish you had made sooner.

Tip #4: Mop With Vinegar. The purest, cleanest solution for floors is so simple you'll wonder why you didn't think of it sooner: mix vinegar and water in a bucket and mop like normal. The vinegar kills germs and once it evaporates, won't leave a smell.

Tip #5: Houseplants to Freshen the Air. Put the high-energy electronic filters away and add some houseplants to each room. They naturally freshen the air.

Tip #6: Lemon Juice Cleans Mirrors. Soak a lint-free cloth in lemon juice and clean like you normally would, it's that easy.

Tip #7: All-Purpose Cleaner. Every house needs an all-purpose cleaner: something in a spray bottle that can be used on nearly any surface, and you can make one with everything you already have! Combine either vinegar and water or baking soda dissolved into warm water into a spray bottle and shake. Inexpensive, effective, and all-natural—what could be better?

Another thing you can do to feel good about how your cleaning affects the environment is to do research before hiring housekeeping services—look for one that only uses environmentally-friendly materials.

 

 

     
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