A Guide to Eco-Friendly Cleaning
When it comes to cleaning, there are so many nasty chemicals in most day to day products that are not only bad for the environment, but over time, can wreak havoc with your health too. Here are my cleaning tips that'll keep your body happy and your home toxin-free, all whilst protecting the environment too.
GET TO KNOW YOUR LABELS
Choosing non-toxic, natural and eco-friendly products is always a nightmare, no matter what you’re shopping for. Ingredient lists are either overwhelming, unpronounceable or both.
Lots of companies love to plaster their products with buzzwords like natural or green, but these words aren’t strongly regulated and there's a likely probability that the product is neither.
Luckily, you don’t have to research every product yourself. Instead, use information provided by a trusted third party like the EPA, EcoLogo or Green Seal. Buying items that have passed EPA tests or have the EcoLogo or Green Seal logo will ensure you’re getting the best, safest products available.
Buying products in bulk might seem like a costly move initially, but you'll end up saving money in the long run. It'll be easier on your wallet, and on the environment, as less packaging means less waste generated.
REUSE AND REPURPOSE
Let's face it, some jobs are so rank, you won't want to touch your sponges with a barge pole let alone your hands afterwards, ever again. If you've got any old socks, clothes or rags lying around that are destined for the bin, give them a second life and use them to clean with before you chuck them. Old toothbrushes can be used to get into smaller nooks and crannies, and newspapers make great window cleaning cloths.
Nobody likes the smell of cloying air freshener. Throw open your windows and let some O2 in to purify any bad smells. You can also invest in some house plants that'll clean your air, and pick some flowers to make your home smell great. By drying clothes outside on a washing line you'll reduce your energy consumption and save on your energy bill too.
Inefficient cleaning icon result in wasted water, wasted power, wasted product and wasted time. Clean efficiently by using the right amount of product, selecting the correct load size when running your washing machine, waiting until it’s full to run the dishwasher, and air-drying clothes and dishes whenever possible.
Happy eco cleaning!
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