Letting the fresh air and warm sunshine into your home is a great way to get over the winter blues. As the weather gets increasingly warmer, it is time to get started with the annual spring cleaning of your home and one thing you should consider is what you are cleaning your house with, as toxic and volatile chemical cleaners can pollute your indoor air.

You don’t have to use toxic, commercial cleaning products to thoroughly clean your home and in fact, it is far better for you and your family’s health if you don’t. You should practice green cleaning. Living in a less toxic home will help you:

  • Sleep better
  • Improve concentration
  • Have an improved sense of well-being

Environmentally Friendly Cleaners

There are many substitutes for commercial cleaning products that you probably have in your pantry right now and they are far less expensive than most cleaners. Baking soda is a great household cleaner. You can use baking soda to:

  • Scour your stovetop
  • Deodorize your carpets
  • Clean up oil and greasy spots
  • Scrub your tub, bathroom tiles, and toilet
  • Create an all-purpose cleaner

Vinegar, lemon or lime juice are nearly as versatile. Vinegar can be used as an ingredient to:

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Clean windows
  • Kill weeds and grass in the cracks of cement
  • Polish and clean metals
  • Clean carpet stains

eco friendly cleaning

Tips for Healthy Cleaning

Whenever you do your spring cleaning or your weekly cleaning chores, no matter what time of the year, clean your carpets and floors last. First, you should clean your curtains and blinds and then your book shelves. You want to clean from the top down and give the dust time to settle before you vacuum, so you can get your house cleaner.

In doing this, use cellulose sponges because regular sponges are made from plastic or polyester, which takes much more time to break down in landfills. Many of them are treated with triclosan that can form chloroform when interacting with the chlorine found in tap water. Chloroform is a suspected carcinogen. Cellulose sponges are also biodegradable and are naturally more absorbent than regular sponges.

Here are some other spring cleaning tips to keep in mind:

  • Minimize dust by de-cluttering your home, especially by getting rid of old magazines and newspapers
  • Leave your shoes at the door when you come in
  • Go online to look up recipes for non-toxic, safe cleaning alternatives to chemical products to make your house cleaning chores more environmentally friendly as well as healthier for you and your family.

Here are some helpful resources for your green cleaning plans:

Green Cleaning Services For Your Home

DIY Green Cleaning Recipes

About the Author:

I am Nicole Sanders from Atlanta, GA and I am a freelance blogger that writes articles in the home improvement/cleaning categories, including for Maid Brigade, a home cleaning services company. As a wife and mother, I’ve done a lot of home improvement projects and learned a lot about different techniques and methods you can use to take care of your home. I developed an interest in writing about it and thought I’d share my knowledge to help others out. Check out my blog!

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This guest blog post was written by Sam Marquit, an independent ‘green’ contractor and co-author of Fair Marquit Value

 

Years ago, when I was an independent contractor, I began looking for green materials and designing green building practices to help my clients conserve energy and reduce their carbon footprints. Now that I’m a commercial contractor, it’s become an increasing joy to see that so many businesses want to contribute to this movement as well. Many businesses don’t realize that their practices aren’t environmentally friendly or socially conscious. It’s capitalism at its finest. However, these organizations and businesses are trying to do something different that will ultimately have a great impact on the future of our world.

Most of the issues regarding global warming and pollution can be resolved with a little education and training. That’s the thought process behind the Go Green Initiative. This program is focused on helping others live a more green life and make eco-conscious decisions. The organization speaks to schools, businesses, organizations and homeowners about the different and innovative ways that they use different products, technology and services to change towards a greener lifestyle. Most of all, Go Green focuses on helping children to learn about ways that they can be more green and choose environmentally friendly products.

The Marriott is recognized as one of the biggest hotel chains in the world. So when a hotel this size decides to make a major change to its operations, other businesses take notice. Recently, the Marriott bought 24 million recyclable and biodegradable key cards made from corn by-product. This change reduced 66 tons of plastic waste that would have otherwise been dumped into landfills. Moves like this one are really inspiring and show that hotels have a major impact, especially for eco-friendly travelers. However, there is a lot more that hotels can do to make things different and really affect communities in a grand way. For one thing, they can choose recycling programs, waste reuse and solar energy to reduce their carbon footprints and conserve energy.

This hotel is just phenomenal when it comes to green practices and materials. The Las Vegas Palazzo Hotel and Resort recently won “The Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America” award. The reason behind this award comes from a variety of different green practices all working together in the same building. The hotel has water recycling programs, waste reuse program and solar panels used for heat and energy. In addition, you can find recyclable materials, low flow toilets and much more at this eco-friendly hotel.

It’s inspiring to see so many businesses and organizations doing something for the planet. The number is only increasing, especially in Nevada where green Las Vegas hotels continue to go up. Just by doing something innovative, these businesses are changing the way that people think about green energy and environmentally friendly living. With that in mind, I think that businesses can definitely look for more ways to be eco-conscious and continuously improve upon their business practices to reduce their own carbon footprints. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long road before we are able to get our Earth back in order.

 

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