Living in a clean home has always been your choice. You have used a variety of products designed to eliminate dirt and pesky bacteria from your safe haven. However, have you ever thought about cleaning your home in a more eco-friendly way? Here is how you can clean your house in a less toxic way.
1. Use Less Water
Most of us have one time or the other found ourselves brushing our teeth and you left the running tap; or even taking long showers because they help us relax after a long day. Either way, you may think about saving some of that precious resource.
Another interesting thing you should know about using less water is that you can use any leftover water to feed your plants because that water is an excellent source of nutrients for them.
2. Buy More Plants
More plants in your home will mean cleaner air for you and your family. If you are guilty of buying artificial plants, please consider buying some low maintenance real plants.
It takes years for plastic to degrade and real plants can be used for composting, once they whither.
3. Cleaning Supplies
Many cleaning products are efficient, but very toxic. They are made with harsh, even inflammable chemicals and can present a real threat to your family, especially if you have little kids.
Instead, consider using natural products such as apple cider vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice. Apple cider vinegar and lemon juice are excellent in cleaning greasy surfaces, while the combination of apple cider vinegar and baking soda can be used to unclog your drains. Also, instead of buying mops or paper towels, you may use any old shirts for cleaning.
Read the ingredient labels carefully. Vaseline and paraffin are chemicals made from crude oil and they contribute to the glasshouse effect, just like fossil fuels.
Instead, buy vegan products or make your own cosmetics.
5. Drugs and supplements
Drugs are made with chemicals toxic to other living creatures. For example, cattle will eat grass on fields which are contaminated with antibiotics or hormones.
Instead, take what is left of your drugs to your local pharmacy, and they will dispose of it in a proper manner.
6. Buy Recycled Products
The need for recycling is real. You probably do recycling yourself but have you thought of buying recycled goods such as recycled toilet paper?
Also, think of reusing some stuff, like jars left from pickles bought in a store, instead of buying Mason jars. Saving and reusing cardboard boxes, especially for moving, is a no brainer.
7. Clean Less
Think about the ways your house gets dirty. Put tracking mat in your hallway so your family members can take their shoes off and not smear mud all over your house.
Be aware of the amount of cleaning supply you use when sweeping the floor, you may use too much and then have to go back with few mops to clean it up.
8. Buy Organic Food
It is good for your health and also for the environment. Organic food is grown without pesticides, some of which can cause cancer. Also, leftovers of GMO food should not be used for composting.
Cutting your electricity bill is not the only benefit of using electricity in a more efficient ways. Using less appliances and changing your light bulbs to eco-friendly kinds means that more electricity can be saved for those days when it is needed, such as harsh winters.
Clothes made from natural materials, such as cotton and wool are better for you because they allow your skin to breath. On the other hand, viscose and other synthetic materials are causing you to sweat and are not biodegradable.