cWhen most people begin the process of cleaning their homes, they don’t put much thought into the products that they are using, and that is a big mistake. Many common household cleaning products contain harmful chemicals and should be avoided at all costs. For example, perchloroethylene or “PERC” is a human toxin that can be found in many common dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, and carpet cleaners, and is classified as a “possible carcinogen” by the EPA.
If you don’t want to be cleaning your home with possible carcinogens, then cleaning your home using eco-friendly methods is the best solution. In this article, I will discuss 5 ways in which you can effectively keep your home clean in an eco-friendly manner.
1) Throw Out Your Air Fresheners
The National Resources Defense Council, Inc. (NRDC) recently did a study on common household air fresheners and discovered that many of them feature chemicals and even chemicals that can cause drastic health problems. Avoid the health problems (and the cost of these products) by simply opening a window in a common area of your home or even individual bedrooms. By doing so, your home will be refreshed with fresh air that is clean, healthy, and free that everyone can benefit from.
Alternatively, you can use cleaning agents like vinegar and baking soda to naturally counteract tough odors. By using one of these methods, you can help counteract the toxic materials and substances that can be stuck inside a home due to its insular nature.
2) Declutter to De-mould
Part of a thorough spring cleaning spree is a proactive process of decluttering your home. This one one of our top Eco-friendly cleaning tips as it presents multiple advantages.
As you know, it’s easy to packrat things away throughout the year, but consciously taking the time to deeply clean and declutter your home means you can achieve 3 things.
- Less clutter leads to less places for mould and dirt to gather.
- You can donate things you don’t need to people in need.
- Both of the above leads to better mental health
One big issue with clutter is the potential health hazards. A room crammed with items which are not often shifted and clean can lead to mould growth if any moisture is introduced, and this can be something as small as condensation on a humid day! Mould can lead to health problems if you end up breathing in spores let alone the smell of mould is awful.
Clutter also attracts dust build up which over time becomes a layer of thick dirt. Neither are great for the lungs and can be a pain to clean. There are also many experts linking decluttering and cleaning your home to improved mental health and wellbeing.
If you add the act of giving away old clothes or shoes, donating books or magazines building up in your home and recycling paperwork you are not only opening up space but also doing a good deed. By cultivating a culture of donating the things we no longer need instead of storing or trashing them, we can take action to create a more eco-friendly society and the planet. Since the fashion industry is the 2nd highest pollutant of fresh water, reusing materials is a small task that you can participate in to help the world as a whole.
3) Non-toxic Cleaning Products
Next, trade in your cleaning products for eco-friendly alternatives! Not only are commercial products more expensive than green ones, but they are so much less healthy and more toxic for the environment and your home. Not to mention, green products do the job just as well! For instance, baking soda can be used for scrubbing off grit, such as on the stove or oven. White vinegar and lemon juice are great disinfectants. Olive oil can be used to polish wood. There are also many eco-friendly commercial products, such as the Seventh Generation brand.
4) Don’t Use The Dryer And Washer
Even though doing the weekly laundry is vital to any lifestyle, you can also take a break from the dryer/washer combo to do your laundry in a much more eco-friendly manner. If you don’t have a full load to wash, consider hand washing your clothes. Alternatively, make sure to get familiar with the eco-setting on your washer, and invest in an eco-friendly washer whenever you need to replace your existing one!
Second, when the weather is nice, it can be a great opportunity to air dry your clothes rather than tumble dry them in your dryer. This is much more environmentally friendly and will leave your clothes smelling oh so fresh! You can also use a drying rack indoors. This is a great and easy way to reduce your environmental footprint.
5) Don’t Forget the Air Filter
Something that is easily and often overlooked is your air filter and aircon vents!
You Air filters can also be made more environmentally friendly. The most common air filters are those that are disposed of regularly. However, other options exist that are better for the environment. By paying more upfront for a reusable and washable air filter that will last several years, you are saving money and directly benefiting the environment.
Your aircon is a big dust collector and often people don’t give them a clean. Dust, dirt and in the worst case mould can build up and impact your airflow and air quality. So worth inspecting the vents now and then and giving them a clean with a non-toxic solution.
By cracking open a window, decluttering, trading your cleaning products for eco-friendly ones, avoiding the washer and dryer, and investing in reusable and washable air filters, you are well on your way to having an eco-friendly and clean home.
Ultimately, there are are a ton of Eco-friendly cleaning tips to help reduce your environmental footprint, and leave your home as clean as ever for your benefit. Just by using these few tips will provide you a healthier and happier environment, knowing you aren’t interacting with such harmful chemicals and toxins in your home anymore.