There is no shortage of items to clean and home space to reorganize, but sometimes there is a better way to do things than “the old way.” A great change to make in your home is choosing an eco-friendly approach.
Not only can this be better for the environment in a global sense, but it can also make your home safer and more hospitable for you and your family.
Even if you aren’t ready to go completely green, a couple slight changes can help save you money, energy or space.
Plan a few new initiatives that will get your home sparkly while using items that are “friendly.”
Cleaning without Chemicals
One great way to boost the well being of your family while also sparing yourself some expenses is to introduce a few natural cleaners into your process. Glass cleaners, wood polish and harsh bleaches can be an unnecessary introduction of toxins. Instead, Jenna Pizzigati-Coppola recommends these common household items as substitutes:
1. Drain Cleaner: Dump 3/4 cup of baking soda down your drain and then chase it with 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then rinse it out with a kettle full of boiling water.
2. Wood Polish: Add a teaspoon of olive oil to a quarter cup of lemon juice for a non-toxic, gentle furniture polish that will remove dust and bring wood surfaces to a brilliant shine that won’t dull wood over time.
3. Glass Cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1Tbsp cornstarch, 2 cups water in a squirt bottle and let your windows have an eco-friendly streak free clean.
As you reorganize and gain control of clutter, you’ll likely find a need for storage boxes, containers and shelving. Instead of opting for a plastic bin, see if there are more environmentally conscious options that would serve the same purpose.
Not only do these help make an impact, they are also an attractive addition to your home. Eco-friendly storage bins and toy boxes can be a simple way to go green without making any sacrifices.
It can be really tempting to hose out the garage or vacuum tile instead of sweep, but if you are looking to reduce waste and lower utilities usage, you may want to consider some old school cleaning tactics. Not all jobs will be able to be completed without water and power, but some tasks don’t require nearly as many modern conveniences as we utilize.
Beyond usage, you will also want to look at the cleaning tools you are using. While you may always need a vacuum, sponges, mops and rags, there are products that are more eco-friendly and ways to reduce waste.
Instead of using paper towels, purchase a pack of rags you can wash and reuse. Instead of grabbing the most affordable sponge, look for one with durability and lasting power. These tweaks will not only make you a much greener cleaner homeowner, they will also save you some money.
Going green can be easier than you think and provide more benefits than what you often expect. This spring, give your cleaning an eco edge.