Green cleaning or natural cleaning products are some of the smartest and environmental friendly cleaning ways to ensure your house is super clean, safe and free from any intoxities.
And guess what all these natural cleaning products are almost the same your grandma used. Not that they are completely safe for kids and pet, but they are a LOT better than those commercial, toxic products. Take a look at these 5 tips from NW Maids Cleaning Service in green cleaning your home.
- Start with basics
So in order to start green cleaning in your house, you need to prepare a kit containing the following,
- Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) it acts like a scrubber, it can also be combined with vinegar and lemon for better results.
- White vinegar – it disinfects and break away accumulated dirt.
- Borax – deodorize, whitens and disinfects at the same time.
- Olive oil – clean dirt and polishes on wooden floor.
- Washing soda (sodium carbonate) – works as stain remover, an acidic cleaner.
- Invest in commercial products
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with investing in commercial green cleaning products. In fact, I highly recommend them, as they are quick and effective and gets the job done perfectly. On the contrary, with homemade and DIY products, usually there’s a lot of scrubbing and scouring to achieve results as good as those green commercial products. So if you are someone who has a busy lifestyle should consider investing in commercial green products, and save both time and sanity. And spend the same amount of time on something more lucrative.
- Use strainers
Strainers turn out to be lifesavers when it comes to prevent clogged drains. Having a strainer in place can prevent hair, food and other stuff from going inside the drain and getting it clogged. In case of your kitchen if you use a lot of oil in cooking, then you should pour in a pot of boiling water at least once in a week to flush oils and fat away. In case of a clogged drain, you can use plunger, it works really well even better than many strong chemicals. You can also use a combination of ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of white vinegar, pour into the drain and let it work.
- Clean the oven
Not every oven come with self-cleaning option, if that’s the case with your oven, let me tell you there are not many green oven cleaners around, even if there are some, they tend to be corrosive products with plenty of toxic compounds which we don’t want to get into our food. So, what many folks recommend is sprinkling baking soda on the oven, then sprinkling water on it, and finally leaving it to soak overnight (don’t use it in between). The following morning you can scrub and scour it until it looks completely cleaned. You can even invest in a commercial cleaning services if you want.
Another great tip is to use a layer of foil at the bottom of your oven, it will make cleaning easier in the future.
- Fresh air
You don’t have to kill yourself in order to have a nice smelling house (many household cleaners contain hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates). If you keep your house generally clean it will eliminate any odors, also, what you can do is keep a little bit of your windows open, not only it will provide ventilation but will also work as the best air freshener.