Everybody likes a clean house, right? Used to be that you would go to the store and pick up any cleaning product that you wanted.Â But as we become more and more aware of our impact on the environment and also what chemicals can do to us, weâ€™ve become choosier when it comes to cleaning our house.Â From picking the right cleaning products to changing the way we clean, eco friendly cleaning is not just a fad, but a new way of cleaning.
When choosing cleaning products donâ€™t just look for products that offer the best and easiest cleaning. Check out what ingredients are used. If harmful chemicals are used in the cleaning product, cleaning your house with it can harm the environment. Just because a product is used to clean out your sink or bathtub doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s biodegradable.Â And if it isnâ€™t biodegradable it shouldnâ€™t be going down any drains. Thankfully most products today are biodegradable, but never take it for granted.
Even if a product is biodegradable, it doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s something you should be using to clean your house. Some chemicals will eventually break down, meaning that they can be labeled biodegradable. But they can be irritating to the skin and also to breathe in. All natural cleaning products that use essence oils and things like vinegar to clean are easier on the skin and the lungs. While you can still have an allergic reaction to essence oils, all natural products arenâ€™t harmful to the environment and are generally milder. They also fill your house with fresh, natural scents when they are used, instead of the artificial, chemical smell that comes with regular cleaning products. And since they are becoming more popular, they arenâ€™t nearly as expensive as they used to be. In fact, quite often their price is on par with regular cleaning products.
Ditch the paper towels
For most households, paper towels are an integral part of daily life. We use it to clean counters, windows, spills and tables. We always have it on hand and tend to stockpile it when it goes on sale. But do we really need to use it as much as we do? Not really. For a lot of the tasks we give paper towels, a cleaning cloth will work just as well, if not better.Â And with so many different cleaning clothes available for a reasonable price thereâ€™s one for each cleaning task. Not only does switching to cleaning cloths help the environment, it saves on money.
Sort your garbage
Even if it isnâ€™t require in your town or city, sorting garbage is a good habit to get into. Waste, compost and recycling should all go in separate garbage cans.Â You wouldnâ€™t believe the difference this can make to landfills and garbage dumps. And you can even make some money from your recyclables. If you arenâ€™t sure what to do with your compost, or even how to go about separating your garbage, you can find out from your local government or any environmental groups that are in your area.
Cleaning not only makes everything look sparkly, but it also helps with the upkeep of your home. If your floors, sinks, appliances and whatnot get a regular cleaning, theyâ€™ll last longer. This means that they wonâ€™t end up as waste before their time. Once again this is good for the environment and your pocketbook.
When you first think of eco friendly cleaning practice, you may become bogged down and confused by what that means and it may just seem easier to continue cleaning as you always have. But being responsible to the environment while keeping your house clean doesnâ€™t have to be convoluted or expensive. By changing a few small, easy things you can keep your house clean and fresh and be kind to the environment.
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