There is much talk about chemical-based house cleaning products. Everyone seems to be claiming they work wonders, and the more of them you use, the better the results you get. But often times this turns out to be far from the real outcome you hope for. And while many of these products do help you clean and sanitise, they also introduce dangerous toxins, which can be harmful to you and your family.
If you are looking to make your cleaning routine a bit more on the eco-friendly side of things, you will find out it is possible without investing all too much effort.
Few cleaning tips that work wonders in that regard
Open up the windows
Did you know that aid quality in your home may in fact get more dangerous than the air outside? Pollen, mould spores, pet dander and various other culprits make this a sad reality. When you add the various chemicals that get released from cleaners, you see why it is important to ventilate your home properly. So open up the windows often enough, to ensure the air doesn’t stay stale for long. Even if it is cold outside, opening a window for a few minutes makes all the difference.
Don’t use air chemical-based air fresheners
Sure, many commercial air-fresheners introduce a lovely scent in the air when you use them. Sadly, this often comes at a cost — they are full of dangerous toxins, which can exacerbate asthma symptoms and allergies. What you can do is turn to some natural remedies. For instance, you can boil cinnamon and herbs. Let them simmer and breathe in the fresh scent they introduce.
Cultivate more houseplants
Houseplants are not just there for decorative flairs. They are well-known to boost your mood on a daily basis. But they are also practical in their ability to minimise the toxins in the air you breathe. On top of that, they release fresh oxygen as they neutralise the harmful compounds, which is all the more reasons to surround yourself with houseplants.
Lemons are well-known for their antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. What you can do is cut a lemon in half, pour some salt on it, and rub your cutting boards. This will thoroughly sanitise the surface. You can use the same trick to remove grime from your sink area. Put two slices of lemons in a bowl of water, and microwave it. Let it steam inside for a few minutes and then wipe the softened gunk inside. Lemons can help you renew your greasy pots and kitchenware after a cooking marathon. You can also create a potent all-around cleaner by placing lemons in a jar full of vinegar. Strain out the zest and you will find out just how effective of a cleaning solution this is.
Try out baking soda
This is a pantry staple that can really do wonders in various areas of your home. For example, you can mix water and baking soda into a paste to tackle oven stains. You can use the same solution to whiten the grout in your bathroom. You can also refresh your carpet by sprinkling a generous amount of soda and allowing it to sit there before vacuuming away. Add a few drops of essential oil to the mix, in order to introduce a fresh scent.
These are all eco-friendly cleaning tips that make a real difference to your cleaning routine. Make sure you use them for a greener tomorrow.
Originally published at https://www.fastklean.co.uk on July 7, 2021.