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Green cleaning makes spring cleaning safer for you, your family, your pets, and the environment. These products and ideas will help you to get your home sparkling clean safely. Commercial household cleaners are full of chemicals that can be toxic. These dangerous chemicals can even be deadly if mixed. When the cleaners you use are more harmful then the dirt you are cleaning you know it’s time to make a change. Here are some excellent eco-friendly, green alternatives to commercial house cleaning products, along with some tips on how to effectively use them…

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Use Cleaning Cloths Instead Of Paper Towels…

Paper towels are not eco-friendly. They are made from trees. The average family uses a roll of paper towels every two to three days. In a years time that’s hundreds of rolls per family. Cleaning cloths are a green alternative to using paper towels. You can buy materials made for house cleaning, or you can make your own out of old towels, stained shirts, etc. Many people go through their closets every spring. Donate what’s still useable but unwanted, and turn clothing items you’d throw away into cleaning cloths. Use them for dusting, wiping down surfaces, etc. When they get dirty simply throw them in the washing machine to get them clean. You’ll be doing something good for the environment and saving money by not buying paper towels anymore.

Buy A Reusable Mop…

Many households use the new style of mop that has disposable cleaning pads. The pads are not eco-friendly. They too are made from trees, and end up in landfills. Use a good old fashioned mop to keep your floors clean. They work just as well the mops that use the disposable pads do. The only difference is that they need to be rinsed out now and then. Rinsing a mop is not that hard to do, and it’s well worth the little bit of effort it takes to do something that’s eco-friendly and green. Another green mopping tip is to skip the floor cleaner and opt for a green alternative. Add vinegar to the water in your mop bucket instead of commercial cleaner. Your floors will get cleaner!

Invest In Houseplants…

Houseplants are both beautiful, and useful. When you add houseplants to any room of your home you aren’t only adding to your décor, you are also installing living air filters. Houseplants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. They help to improve their air quality in whatever room they are in. Purchase several and add them to every room! You’ll want to have 15 to 18 medium sized houseplants spread throughout your home for the maximum air cleaning effect.

Set Up A Clothes Line…

Each time you use your dryer you are using electricity. Propane dryers use both electricity and natural gas to run. You can help out the environment and lower your utility bills by setting up a clothes line. Why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and sunshine and dry your laundry for free. The fresh air will leave it smelling wonderful, and on a nice, warm, sunny day it will take the same amount of time to dry on the line as it would in the dryer.

Use Essential Oils As Air Fresheners…

Commercial air fresheners are full of chemicals. You can make your green air fresheners using things you probably already have around your house. Essential oils are green, eco-friendly, and have a strong fresh scent. Soak a cotton ball with your favourite essential oil and stick it in the corner of the room you want to freshen. If you have children in your house be sure, it is up and out of their reach. Orange peels, lemon peels, etc. can also be used to leave a nice, fresh scent in your home. Bring them to a simmer with a couple of cups of water on your stove top to freshen your kitchen, or place them in a bowl on a counter or shelf. The scent will linger for days.

Switch To Eco-Friendly Paint…

Many people like to freshen up their walls with a new coat of paint each spring. Did you know that paint is filled with tonnes of harmful chemicals? Switch to paint that does not contain hazardous VOCS. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. Brands such as Dutch Boy, Benjamin Moore, American Pride, MAB, and Bio Sheild all offer eco-friendly, green house paints that do not contain dangerous VOC chemicals.

Ditch The Furniture Polish…

Most people use commercial furniture polish to clean the wood surfaces in their homes. Furniture polish is full of toxic chemicals. These chemicals get left behind on the wood surfaces that you clean and buildup. Protect your wood surfaces and your homes air quality by going green! A lemon juice and olive oil combination is an eco-friendly alternative to furniture polish. Add a few drops of each to a clean cloth to rid your wood surfaces of dust and dirt while leaving a fresh scent behind.

Scrub and Disinfect Your Kitchen and Bathroom Without Using Harsh Chemicals…

Baking soda is an excellent green alternative to toilet bowl cleaners and soap scum removers. Baking soda removes stains, absorbs odours, and can even fight through the thickest soap scum. It can also get your tile surfaces looking like brand new. It removes mould and residue from grout too. Once a week use borax instead of baking soda in your toilet to kill germs and bacteria. Borax is also eco-friendly and green. Vinegar can also be used for mould and mildew not only in the kitchen or bathroom but anywhere it’s a problem in your house. Using water, baking soda and vinegar solution on countertops will leave them clean, and residue free.

Make Your Green Disinfectant…

Add two teaspoons of borax, two tablespoons of vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap and three cups of warm to hot water to a spray bottle and shake. The combination makes an excellent disinfecting cleaner. Commercial house cleaning disinfectant sprays are full of chemicals and release harmful fumes into their air. This green disinfectant spray is not harmful to breathe in.

Glass and Mirrors…

The last eco-friendly cleaning solution I have for you is a vinegar and water glass cleaning solution. Mix two parts vinegar to four parts water in a spray bottle. Use it to clean windows, mirrors, etc. It will leave them streak free and super clean. Instead of using paper towels choose to use newspaper!