The Green Approach to House Cleaning
You want to do some spring cleaning to remove the close air and staleness, but this time you want to do it right. You want to replace all the toxic detergents and labeled chemical-filled cleaners with healthy and actually useful cleaning products.
You want to do it yourself instead of hiring a cleaning agency – even if they say they offer green house cleaning services, surely they use at least some kind of chemical concoctions to remove the tougher stains. And you want to do all this now. Well, what are you waiting for? Roll up those sleeves, and go into your kitchen where all the cleaning products you need await.
You can start with removing all the waste from your house, especially plastic waste. Throw it away for recycling instead of just dumping it in the container and adding to the pollution problems. After you are done with that, you need to understand that having less waste is the key to saving the planet. Being eco-friendly will make your home a healthier place to live in.
Now open any kitchen cabinet. If you see baking soda, vinegar, lemons or oranges, or salt, take it out. Along with water, these are all the products you need for a clean house.
The baking soda can be used in a variety of ways. Add it to any grease mark, or stain, or unidentified dirt spot and scrub away with a damp cloth. Marvel at the result as it removes all the stains with ease, and that is not all – it kills different kinds of unpleasant odors; you simply need to find out the source.
Even the most stubborn stains will fade away if you wipe them long enough with soda paste (mix soda with a bit of water until you get a pasty result). Soda will even help you with your laundry.
Vinegar will help you with grease and almost any stain you could imagine while doing carpet cleaning. Apply it to a soft brush and scrub until the stain is gone. Distilled vinegar will fight off any pest invasion or limescale accumulation. Vinegar works on all kinds of surfaces, and, believe if you will, it can be used as a laundry softener! Its many uses are matched in number only by the sodas.
If your dishes have some stain that you need taking out but are still unable to, salt is your friend. Sprinkle salt over the problematic spot and dip them in hot water. Wait a bit and try to scrub them off later, and marvel at the stain falls off with ease. Rinse and your dish cleaning is complete.
If baking soda only kills the odors, lemon or orange juice will kill it and refresh the place with a cool fragrance. Their citric acid will also eat into almost any type of stain, grease, or grime, and contribute to easier home cleaning.
To further help the environment, don’t waste too much water on all the cleaning. Water conservation is an important part of being green. Cleaning is important, but do try to restrain yourself from pouring too much down the drain.