Such cleaning solutions are not only safer for you and your family but don't have a negative impact on the environment. If you are new to green cleaning, we suggest you go through our short 101 on how to make the transition from conventional, chemical-laden cleaning to a greener routine that's good for you, those around you and the planet.
- What is Green Cleaning?
Allow us to begin by explaining what the term “green cleaning” stands for. Many people associate a green cleaning routine with swapping toxic, store-bought detergents for some safer, natural alternatives. Thus, if you go green, you are not supposed to use any detergents that are harmful to yourself or the environment. We will touch upon the matter in more detail in the next section. Please note, there is more to green cleaning than using non-toxic cleaning solutions. For instance, it would be an excellent idea if you manage to recycle the clutter you want to remove from your home, instead of merely throwing it away.
- What Products Should I Use?
Those of you, who are new to green cleaning are probably wondering what products they should substitute the harmful cleaning detergents with. The second question that arises in the minds of green-cleaning newbies is “Are green cleaning solutions as effective?”. The answer to this question is a resounding “Yes!”. Thankfully, the alternatives are endless! In fact, you can find plenty of products in your cupboard that is suitable for the purpose.
Lemon juice, for instance, acts as a powerful and perfectly safe degreaser. Baking soda can be used to eliminate unpleasant odours, freshen up and even whiten your laundry, while vinegar, the king of green cleaning products, can be used to clean your microwave oven, to remove spills from carpeting as well as to disinfect any surface (save for marble) imaginable. Table salt, on the other hand, can be used as an abrasive cleaner on surfaces that allow it.
- Prepping an All-Purpose Cleaning Detergent
All of the aforementioned products are regarded as effective, yet safe cleaning agents, so why not combine them all together to prepare the ultimate, all-purpose cleaner you can use all around your home? It will cost you pennies only, not to mention preparation is quick, convenient and easy. For an all-purpose cleaner, you will need only an old spray bottle, two to three cups of purified water, a cup of white vinegar, about three tablespoons of baking soda, two to three tablespoons of lemon juice and a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
Mix all the ingredients and stir well. This all-purpose cleaning solution provided by Call Cleaners can be used to wipe clean your oven, fridge, bathroom and kitchen surfaces. When sprayed on stubborn spills on your carpeting, you should allow it to sit for a while and then rub the spot gently with a soft, damp towel.
- Let's Dispose of Our Trash Wisely
As we have already mentioned earlier, a green cleaning routine should not involve only a transition from harmful detergents to eco-friendly alternatives. There are several other ways to help Mother Earth, the first one being the reduction of the overall amount of non-recyclable materials you use and then throw away. Recycling, of course, is of essential importance, which is why you should consider investing in specialised kitchen bins. This will make it so much easier as all your plastics, cans and paper waste will be disposed of in separate places. Also, instead of throwing away old linen and t-shirts, you can cut them to pieces to dust furniture and wipe clean your kitchen counters with.
If you are reading this, chances are you have already made the most difficult step towards a greener and environmentally-friendly way of life. Incorporate the green cleaning products we have suggested above, recycle and be careful where and how you throw away your garbage. This will improve the overall quality of your life, help the environment and enable you to save some money on ready-made detergents.