Did you know that most common household chores can actually be quite bad for the environment? That’s because so many of the different cleaning products that we use on a day to day basis are made from quite harsh chemicals and ingredients that can cause damage when released into the environment. Not only that, though, but carrying out many household jobs, like doing the laundry and running the dishwasher, use a lot of energy. When you think about it like that, you can see that cleaning a house can be quite damaging to the world around us. But that doesn’t mean that you have to stop cleaning and live in a dirty house, though. There are ways you can improve your usual cleaning routine to ensure it becomes more environmentally friendly.
Read on to find out how to do it!
Make Some Of Your Own Cleaning Products
One of the best things you can do for the environment makes some of your own cleaning products at home. Don’t worry; you don’t need to set up a science lab to be able to create concoctions – you can simply use some of the ingredients that you might already have in your store cupboard and pantry. For instance, lemon juice can cut right through dirt and grease, and you will notice that it is used in a lot of DIY cleaner recipes. Bicarbonate of soda and distilled vinegar are also useful products to have at home as they are also used in numerous recipes for cleaners as well. Take a look online to see which DIY cleaner recipes you can find.
Of course, there is going to be a limit to what cleaning products you are going to be able to make at home. There’s a good chance that you will still need to visit your local cleaning supply store to pick up a few more specialist products and some equipment. When you are shopping, though, it’s important to be responsible with your choices. Don’t just go for the products that are going to be stronger, as they will likely contain a lot of dangerous chemicals. Ideally, you need to look for products that are eco-friendly. There should be a symbol on the bottles showing that this is the case. It’s also worth looking for cleaners that are vegetarian and even vegan-friendly as you will then know that they use a lot more gentler ingredients in them. When you are looking to buy equipment to clean with, try to stay away from single-use items. Instead, buy products that can be used again and again around the home.
Ditch All Paper Cleaning Products
If you regularly use throwaway paper towels to quickly wipe away spillages on floors and countertops, it’s worth trying to break this habit. As they are single-use, you will be throwing a lot of them away each week, and it will all quickly add up to a lot of wastage. It also means that a lot of trees will be getting cut down and pulped to create all your paper towels! Instead, try to stick to old rags and cloths that you can wash after each use and keep on using.
Use Microfiber Cloths
Have you ever heard of or used microfiber cloths before? If you have, then you might already know how amazing they can be when it comes to cleaning surfaces! They are extremely effective when it comes to dusting and will hold onto the dust so that it doesn’t fall onto the floor. This is different compared to other dusting cloths, which will knock the dust onto the floor for you to hoover up. Once you start using microfiber cloths, you won’t have to use your vacuum cleaner so much, so will be able to cut down on your electricity usage.
Create DIY Air Fresheners
Lots of people like to freshen up their homes with the use of air fresheners. Unfortunately, though, these aren’t always the most eco-friendly of products and will release a lot of dangerous chemicals into the atmosphere. Rather than rely on store-bought ones, you could always have a go at making your own DIY air fresheners. These can be very easy to make and won’t put a strain on your bank balance. The easiest way to make an air freshener is to pour some water into a jar and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. The scent from the oil will slowly release into the air and will make your home smell great!
Descale Your Kettle
Over time, the appliances in our kitchen can become less efficient. This can be down to their old age, but it can also be because of a build-up of dirt and grime in them. This is often the case with kettles. Limescale can build up inside the kettle, and will eventually start peeling off and getting into the water. You might start noticing small white flecks in your drinks because of this. Not only will it make your teas and coffees look very appetizing but it will also make the kettle less efficient, and it will need to use more electricity to run as a result. So, be sure to descale it on a regular basis!
Clean Your Large Appliances Regularly
As well as descaling your kettle, you need to also focus on cleaning larger appliances, such as your dishwasher and washing machine. This can easily be done by running a hot wash while the appliances are empty. A clean machine will run as efficiently as it possibly can and won’t waste any unnecessary electricity.
Buy Some Oven Liners
An oven requires a lot of work and chemicals to clean effectively. To make sure you aren’t spraying it with environmentally damaging chemicals all the time, you might want to invest in some recyclable oven liners.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can make your cleaning routine a lot greener and eco-friendly!