Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips

Posted on Dec. 21st 2010 No Comments »

There are many easy ways to go green in your household cleaning excursions. Following these tips and using eco-friendly cleaning products can truly make a difference in the green movement.  Every little bit helps, and that is the truth.

Baking Soda

Use baking soda to clean!  This household product does wonders.  Baking soda can be used to increase soap suds and for scouring powder. You can also use baking soda to clean your drains, by making a mixture of equal parts baking soda and vinegar. Pour the mixture down the drain.  After sitting a few minutes, pour boiling water down the drain.  You can also use a bit of baking soda and a wet towel to shine silver or stainless steel.

Repurpose old clothes and towels

Instead of purchasing rags for cleaning, use old clothes or towels to dust and scrub your counters and floors.  This way you get the most out of your purchases and save money, all while being green. While your at it, stop purchasing paper towels and use cloth towels for your cleaning needs.

Don’t be toxic

Remove all toxic products from your household. Nothing good can come from them!  Replace toxic cleaning products with non-toxic, biodegradable ones.  Not only will you be helping the environment, you will be protecting your family and friends from the dangers within toxic products.

Freshen air naturally

Instead of purchasing air fresheners, make your home smell wonderful by boiling some herbs, like cinnamon or cloves. Also, fill your home with plants (but be sure to take care of them) that give off pleasing smells.  Green leaf plants are also great for filtering indoor air.

Get more use out of household products

Many household products can be doubled as cleaning agents.  We’ve already discussed baking soda and vinegar, but lemon juice can also be used to cut grease. Peanut butter can be used to take gum out of fabric or clothing. Washing soda, or sodium carbonate, can be used to disinfect and remove stains.

What are your eco-friendly cleaning tips? Do you think about the environment when you purchase cleaning products?

Posted by Abby Gilmore | in Green Living

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