Looking for ways to make your cleaning regimen more eco-friendly? Here’s the good news - green cleaning isn’t nearly as difficult or expensive as it may sound. In fact, you might already have some environmentally-friendly cleaning aids on hand. Here are 5 easy ways to get started:
1.) Reach For Baking Soda
Baking soda is renowned for its ability to eliminate odors. Just sprinkle a generous amount onto carpets, let it sit, and vacuum it up for a near-instant freshness. This kitchen staple can also be combined with white vinegar to unclog drains and clean toilets, or mixed with water to create a de-greasing paste for stubborn messes.
2.) Lean Into Lemons
Not only do lemons smell lovely, but they also come packed with antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Use this stalwart citrus on its own to wipe down contaminated surfaces, or combine it with white vinegar for a versatile, all-in-one cleaning solution.
3.) Speaking Of White Vinegar...
Simple white vinegar reigns supreme when it comes to sustainable cleaning. This all-natural cleaner contains the antibacterial properties you need to scour your house from top to bottom. Dilute your vinegar to make a powerful stain remover, or create a 50-50 mix with water to kick traditional glass cleaners to the curb.
4.) Take Home a Houseplant
Bringing (literal) life into your home is more than just a way to make your space more tranquil. Certain types of houseplants can actually improve air quality by taking in toxins and releasing clean, fresh oxygen for you to enjoy. Not to mention, some studies show that certain plants can even be mood-boosting.
5.) Fall In Love with Microfiber
Paper towels are convenient, but they’re certainly not the most sustainable of cleaning supplies. Microfiber towels are a great alternative for a few different reasons:
- You can wash and reuse them over and over again.
- Since they last so long, you’ll save money on the paper products you no longer need.
- They can be used dry, wet, or with a cleaning agent.
- They dry quickly, so bacteria are less likely to grow on them.
These all-star towels are relatively easy to find. Just check your local home improvement or grocery store and you’ll find a myriad of different colors and sizes!
With these green cleaning tips and a little bit of elbow grease, you’re well on your way to a fresh and happy home. Do you have any tips for sustainable spring cleaning? Let us know in the comments below!