Keeping a clean home is a task, and we seek out whatever tools available to make the job a bit easier. But recently, people have been thinking about the products they use to clean their home. Paper goods and commercial cleaners can contain harmful chemicals which can irritate humans and pets alike. Moreover, people are looking to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint in different aspects of their lives. Here are a few tips to help you get started in your journey to an eco-friendly cleaning routine.
#1. Reduce paper goods. Paper towels, napkins, paper plates and cups all make modern life more convenient, but don’t do any favors for the environment. While also being expensive, paper goods not made from post-consumer materials contribute to a paper industry that uses trees to produce these products. Reusable options like cloth napkins and microfiber towels can go a long way in helping to reduce your use of these items in your cleaning routine.
#2. Explore alternative products. Traditional disinfectants, cleaners, and bleach have become popular because of their ability to easily eliminate dirt and bacteria. But these harsh chemicals are not the only products available to get your home sparkling clean. Household items such as Borax, lemon juice, castile soap, vinegar, and baking soda all can deliver similar results to cleaners loaded with harmful chemicals.
#4. Drain Strainers save the day. Clogged drains are never fun, and backed-up water can attract bugs and germs. When we have minor clogs it is easy to reach for a bottle of liquid plumber to take care of the problem. These products can contain corrosive ingredients which can give off toxic fumes. To avoid this, place a strainer in your drains. These strainers help keep your pipes clear by collecting debris to make it easy to remove.
#5. Recycle and upcycle! At this point, everyone knows that recycling is a great way to reduce their carbon footprint. Single stream recycling like we have here in Philadelphia makes a big difference in keeping recyclable materials out of landfills. But there are other ways to extend the life of items in your home. Old clothes can be used as cleaning cloths and empty jars make nice casual drinkware. Before you throw things away, consider whether they can have a second life and a different purpose in your home.
Green cleaning tools and techniques help the earth, our health, and our wallets. Recycling items, replacing caustic chemicals with natural products, and reducing the use of paper goods all make a difference in our efforts to combat climate change.
When you are seeking a cleaning service, it is important that you are able to trust that they are using safe products in your home. Olave’s Cleaning uses top of the line cleaning products so you can rest easy knowing that your home is sparkling clean and safe for your family. For a free quote, book an estimate today!