Clean It Green!

4356090774_407e3ab3d6_oWe all have a place to live. In our homes, things get dirty. Don’t try to deny it. Things will always get dirty over time, and so it is our job to clean them. To clean things, we need cleaning products. Now, everyone went out to buy cleaning products for the first time at some point, and you might remember how intimidating the cleaning isle was. The first time I bought cleaning products I must have spend nearly half an hour in the cleaning isle. I needed toilet cleaner, dish-liquid, all-purpose cleaner, window cleaner, bleach, disinfectant, and the list goes on. As I got older, I started to realize I didn’t actually need most of these. In fact, I could make replacements for them myself!

Lately, I’m figuring out what does and doesn’t work for me when it comes to cleaning. First of all, I never use bleach. I have cats and cats like the smell of bleach. They like to pee on things that smell like bleach! As you can imagine, cleaning anything with bleach in my house will not actually clean anything for very long. Besides, bleach is a nasty chemical cleaning product. It eat away at things, produces hazardous fumes and pollutes the water. So no bleach for me, thank you!
Second of all, vinegar! Vinegar is the best friend of anyone trying to clean without using chemicals. It deodorizes, disinfects mildly, cleans, and takes care of limescale. You can use it to clean the windows and I use it as a fabric softener. If you combine it with baking soda, it’ll even de-clog your sink. There’s a number of ways you can use it. I prefer mixing it with water and using it in a spray bottle, but you can use it however you like.

2178626223_a82503007a_oWhich brings me to my next point; Spray bottles. Using spray bottles for cleaning may not sound like a very green thing to do, but hear me out. When you have an empty spray bottle, don’t trow it out! Instead fill it with water and add some vinegar, dish-liquid or all purpose cleaner. You now have your own homemade cleaning product!
Next time you’re going to clean something, take out the spray bottle, instead of a bucket of water. Spray the surface with your homemade cleaner, and wipe it down with a cloth. Not only is cleaning your house going to be quicker than ever, but you’re saving a ton of water and cleaning product. You only use the amount of water and product you actually need, rather then filling up an entire bucket every time and tossing most of it. The water in the bottle doesn’t get dirty from the cloth or sponge, so it’ll last much longer. One 750ml spray bottle is enough for me to quickly clean my entire house, but when using a bucket I would need to change the water, sometimes up to 5 times! Using this method will use up less water, and save you money!
On the Clean My Space website, you can find great recipes and methods for DIY cleaning products. There’s also a lot of cleaning tips and tricks to be found, so be sure to check it out.

Lastly, I want to talk to you about green cleaning products. As more and more people are becoming aware of our impact on nature, more and more companies are producing natural cleaning products. All the products you use end up in the water one way or an other, and water is one of the most important things on our planet. Without clean water, we wouldn’t live very long, and so it’s definitely worth figuring out ways to keep our pollution to a minimum. I’ve never used on of these bio cleaning products, so I can’t tell you anything from personal experience. I did run out of toilet cleaner the other day, so I’m planning a trip to the local eco-store, to see if they have anything I might want to try. So I will definitely keep you posted on that.

If you use green cleaning products, please share your experience. Or try out some of the homemade cleaners and let me know what you think. If you have any other tips and tricks, you can post them in the comments.

Gree(n)things,
Cyndi

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