The Environment and You: Eco-Friendly Cleaning

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One of the simplest ways to help the environment and possibly improve your home environment is to clean green. There are many green cleaning ideas as well as healthy products that still leave your home looking spick-and-span. If you're looking to make a change, here are some tips to get you on the road to going green. Use green cleaning products. Most cleaning solutions are petroleum-based. Instead buy products made from renewable, non-toxic resources. Green cleaners are often derived from plants and contain essential oils like palm kernel or coconut oil. You can find products that are pH-neutral as well as scented or fragrance free. You know that these natural cleaners won't harm you or damage your home's surfaces. Improve the air in your home. Typical cleaners can emit harsh chemicals and scents that bother your eyes, sinuses or skin. This does not even take into account the natural pollutants that travel freely through the air. In many cases, when you add the spray of an air freshener, for example, you're only making the problem worse. As an alternative you could choose natural air sprays or even boil a pot of some of your favorite spices or herbs. Baking soda is also an effective odor-eliminator for refrigerators as well as on carpets when vacuuming. Plants like Peace Lilies or others with broad green leaves are great for filtering air even though they don't necessarily freshen it. Keep toxic substances off your floors and out of your home. It can be hard to keep floors clean with constant foot traffic. The toxins and pollutants that can be tracked on the bottom of shoes can create an unhealthy environment as well as making a mess. A good way to help the problem is to have quality doormats at your doors. Having a no-shoe policy in your home is an even better idea, or designate some shoes for only indoor use. There are numerous other ways that you can go green at home. Limiting your use of antibacterial cleaners and getting rid of toxic cleaners safely are just a couple of ways to make a difference. There is an abundance of eco-friendly information out there if you want to learn and do more. It's your choice of how eco-friendly you want to live, but it's all beneficial and easy to find and understand. Green cleaning simply means using more of what nature has to offer to clean your home rather than harsh synthetic chemicals. If you want to clean and be green, it's a good way to start.
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This article was published on 2010/10/17