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
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:
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!